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SkillsUSA Chapter to Host Opioid Forum

Opioids have become a major topic not only locally, but in the United States, which is why the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES SkillsUSA chapter is hosting an opioid forum on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 6 p.m.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will feature panelists Jeannette Pavlus, director of alcohol, substance abuse and dual recovery for the Oneida County Department of Mental Health; Grant Garramone Oneida County executive administrative assistant district attorney; Jodi Warren, director of prevention services for the Center for Family Life and Recovery; Antony Salce, emergency medical services education coordinator for the Mohawk Valley Health System; Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol; Alaina Broccoli, RN, OHM BOCES CTEC school nurse; Janet Desens, RN, OHM BOCES Bridges school nurse; Katie Burns, a peer advocate from the Center for Family Life and Recovery and Kristie Cieslak, a parent affected by the opioid epidemic.

The event will be held in The Howard D. Mettelman Learning Center at the OHM BOCES in New Hartford, N.Y.

“This is one of the most important activities our SkillsUSA chapter has taken on,” said John Stratton, who along with Kimberly Petronella serves as an advisor to the OHM BOCES SkillsUSA chapter. “We know this is an epidemic in our society and our students want to raise awareness around it, not just for students, parents and school staff, but also our communities at large.”

SkillsUSA offers leadership and citizenship development to complement the vocational student’s skill training. Members may also participate in local, state and national Skills USA competitions.

The OHM BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.

What: Opioid Forum

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 6 p.m.

Where: The Howard D. Mettelman Learning Center
Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
4747 Middle Settlement Rd
New Hartford, NY 13413