Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2021

Join a Learning Session on Alcohol Misuse

Union County, NJ – In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, The Union County Board of Commissioners invites all Union County residents to attend a virtual presentation on alcohol misuse featuring a panel of experts on treatment, counseling, and recovery. The program, titled “An Alcohol Misuse Learning Session” is being held on Zoom on Tuesday, April 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is hosted by the Union County Department of Human Services’ Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse.

“The Commissioner Board has a longstanding commitment to help the Union County community know the facts about alcohol, keep the lines of communication open, and ensure that our community has access to resources that can prevent or overcome alcohol abuse.” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

The program will be hosted by Gene Tavera, Union County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Coordinator, and presented by Kelley Ryan, Director of Community Prevention at Prevention Links. The panelists are:

  • Krystyna Vaccarelli, LCSW, LCADC, Director of Substance Abuse Services at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.
  • Kristina Bloodgood, Director of Admissions at New Hope Integrated Behavioral Health Care (IBHC).
  • Sabrina Sabater, MSW, Division Director of Recovery Support at Prevention Links
  • Rosalina Tuazon, Licensed Clinician and Substance Abuse Counselor at PROCEED, Inc.

The focus will be on providing an understanding of what exactly alcohol misuse means, what it looks like and how it can impact a life.

Additionally, the event will provide participants with an opportunity to speak with local experts and learn about the services they provide.

This event is free, however, pre-registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Please register at bit.ly/alcoholmisuse427.

For more information on An Alcohol Misuse Learning Session contact Gene Tavera, Union County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Coordinator at gene.tavera@ucnj.org.

More information on all Department of Human Services programs is available online at ucnj.org/human-services.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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