NEW HARTFORD — An opioid forum, hosted by the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES SkillsUSA chapter, will be Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Howard D. Mettelman Learning Center at OHM BOCES, 4747 Middle Settlement Road.
Free and open to the public, the forum will feature several panelists, said BOCES. Among them:
• 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;
• Katie Burns, a peer advocate from 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, and Janet Desens, RN, both school nurses at OHM BOCES programs;
• Kristie Cieslak, a parent affected by the opioid epidemic.
John Stratton, who along with Kimberly Petronella serves as an advisor to the OHM BOCES SkillsUSA chapter, said “we know this is an epidemic in our society and our students want to raise awareness around it” including for students, parents and school staff plus communities.
SkillsUSA offers leadership and citizenship development to complement vocational students’ skill training.
School districts served by OHM BOCES include Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.