The Centers combats opioid overdose

The Centers will be hosting a community support forum in Marion and Citrus counties, for those suffering from opioid addiction and for their family members. These free forums will focus on providing information about the life-saving drug, Narcan.

OCALA, FL (January 08, 2018) – In a continuing effort to combat the growing opioid epidemic, The Centers will be hosting a community support forum in Marion and Citrus counties, for those suffering from opioid addiction and for their family members. These free forums will focus on providing information about the life-saving drug, Narcan.

According to www.narcan.com, “NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. NARCAN® Nasal Spray counteracts the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose. Since most accidental overdoses occur in a home setting, it was developed for first responders, as well as family, friends, and caregivers.”

For Marion County residents, the forum will be held Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m. at The Centers located in Building 2 at 5664 SW 60th Avenue, Ocala. For Citrus County residents, the forum will be held Saturday, January 20 at 11:00 a.m. at The Centers located in Building 2 at 3238 South Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto.

During this forum, attendees will be trained on how to use Narcan, in case of an overdose. Attendees will also have an opportunity to obtain a free dose of the medication to take home.

In October 2017, The Centers donated 200 doses of Narcan to the Ocala Police Department, since many officers are the first responders during an overdose emergency situation.

Steve Blank, Vice President of Outpatient Services said, “The Centers recognizes an essential part of recovery and saving lives is to offer many opportunities for community and family members to collaborate with their loved ones’ treatment. These forums are a way to do just that.”

The Centers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been serving Marion and Citrus Counties since 1972. With five locations, approximately 450 employees, and 17,000 clients, The Centers provides child welfare services, and comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services, including a unique program for mothers battling opioid addiction. Committed to offering quality and affordable care for all in need, The Centers is rebuilding hope and significantly impacting the lives of children and adults in the community each year. For more information, visit www.thecenters.us.

What’s new at Citrus County Community Centers

The Senior Community Centers in Citrus County provide meeting places throughout the County for Citrus County residents of all ages.

The Senior Community Centers in Citrus County provide meeting places throughout the County for Citrus County residents of all ages.

Centers offer people a place to go for nutritious meals, social activities and an array of programs such as health screenings, health and consumer education, creative arts, computer classes, dancing, exercises and more!

The centers provide a friendly atmosphere bringing fun, laughter and companionship into the lives of our senior citizens. The centers also offer volunteer opportunities where people can contribute their experience and skills in meaningful ways.

Here are just a few of the exciting programs being offered at area Centers in 2018:

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Zumba Gold at East Citrus Community Center

Moving, Grooving, and Smiling.  Classes can be done sitting or standing.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Cost $5.00 per 1-hour session.

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL

For more information, contact Crystal at (352)344-9666

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Art Classes with Lucy at Central Citrus Community Center

Learn how to sketch and paint.  All materials provided.

Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

Cost $20.00 a month.

Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (3520 527-5993.

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Hawaiian Dance with Carolyn Derrico – Learn authentic Hawaiian Dances! (three locations)

Mondays at 9:30 a.m.  Cost $5.00

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL

For more information, contact Crystal at (352)344-9666

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Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Cost $5.00

West Citrus Community Center – 8940 W. Veterans Dr., Homosassa, FL

For more information, contact John at (352) 795-3931

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

Central Citrus Community Center – 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (352) 527-5993

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Belly Dance Lessons with Carolyn Derrico (two locations)

Tuesdays at 11:15 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

West Citrus Community Center – 8940 W. Veterans Dr., Homosassa, FL

For more information, contact John at (352) 795-3931

Thursdays at 2:15 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

Central Citrus Community Center – 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (352) 527-5993.

 

Healthcare looks to be wave of the future in jobs

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2018) – Eight of the 10 fastest-growing occupations through 2025 for the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region are in the healthcare industry.

All but one of the Top 10 requires formal postsecondary education or training, ranging from non-degree awards to master’s, doctoral or professional degrees.

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunities’ annual release of occupation projections, the region’s fastest-growing position is nurse practitioner, with a growth rate of 39 percent and median hourly wage of $45.16.

Adrienne Johnston, chief of DEO’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, said that “estimating employment projections over the next eight years is necessary for our state to provide the training and resources needed to ensure Florida’s workforce is prepared to fulfill our occupational demands.”

Nurse practitioners require a master’s, doctoral or professional degree along with psychiatrists, ranked seventh on the Top 10 list at 31 percent projected growth rate; marriage and family therapists, ranked eighth at 27.27 percent; and physical therapists, ranked ninth at 27.25 percent.

Fence erectors, which tied with forensic science technicians for the 10th fastest-growing occupation in the region, is the only occupation on the list that does not require a formal educational credential.

Hourly wages for the fastest-growing occupations range from $12.80 an hour for physical therapist aides – the fourth fastest-growing occupation at 34 percent – to $98.14 an hour for psychiatrists. The average median wage is $34.37 an hour.

In addition to the fastest-growing occupations, DEO’s projections included the occupations gaining the most new jobs, led by Retail salespersons, adding 788 positions region wide, followed by fast food workers (food preparation and serving) with 745 new jobs, Registered Nurses adding 557, customer service representatives with 479, and nursing assistants with 424.

Rounding out the top 10 are secretaries other than legal, medical and executive (+406); construction workers (+387); receptionists and information clerks (+353); landscaping and grounds keeping (+351); and general office clerks (+316).

Three positions do not require a credential, three require a high school diploma, three require a postsecondary non-degree award and one requires an Associate’s degree. The median hourly wages range from $9.38 an hour for fast food workers to $29.12 an hour for RNs. The average median wage is $13.66 an hour.

Rusty Skinner, CareerSource CLM’s chief executive officer, said that one takeaway from the latest projections is that for both the fastest-growing occupations and those gaining the most new jobs, compensation is commensurate with training or education.

“It’s a drum we’ve been beating for years; it’s clear you don’t need a four-year, liberal arts degree to succeed, but it’s also clear that greater career opportunity and better wages go hand-in-hand with the right kind of postsecondary training needed for the position,” he said.

Here’s how the average median wages stack up at each education level among the Top 10 fastest-growing occupations and those gaining the most new jobs:

· No formal education:  $11.76 among the fastest-growing and $10.32 among the top 10 gaining the most new jobs

· High school: $14.63 and $12.78 respectively

· Postsecondary non-degree awards: $19.75 and $14.18

· Associate’s degree: $23.58 and $28.25

· Bachelor’s degree $34.16 and $28.99

·Master’s, doctoral or professional degree: $36.74 and $47.30

Skinner said that DEO’s occupation projections also help CareerSource CLM and its affiliate Talent Center at the College of Central Florida hone in on the  workforce needs of in-demand industries by assisting businesses recruit and hire candidates and train and retain staff. At the same time, training assistance is available for candidates interested in targeted occupations.

“Right now, the economic drivers for our communities are healthcare, transportation and logistics, IT, manufacturing and construction,” he said. “We have myriad programs that help businesses meet their needs, including On-the-Job Training grants, paid adult internships, work experience trainee programs, and custom business training opportunities.”

The new projections were calculated using the “separation method” which differentiates between those leaving the labor force entirely and those who are permanently leaving an occupation to enter a new field.

DEO’s Johnston said that the old method of projecting openings undercounted the total jobs in an occupation because it was based exclusively on those exiting the labor force.

Johnston noted that the old method also required 10 years of data to produce estimates.

“It was indirect at best … and slow in responding to changes,” she said, adding that the new method used for the 2017-2025 outlook is regression-based and “statistically more robust because it incorporates demographic variables and other employment projections data.”

The Top 10 fastest-growing occupations overall currently employ 1,609 positions and are projected to add 1,486 job openings by 2025. However, due to the churn of the labor market and other variables captured by the new methodology, DEO projects 2,118 employed in the fastest-growing occupations in eight years. That results in a 32-percent average growth rate for the Top 10 fastest-growing occupations.

The Top 10 occupations gaining the most new jobs is projected to add more than 7,000 positions for a total of 41,346 job openings in eight years. Again, due to variables of the labor market, employment is projected at 39,144 positions by 2025, up from 34,338 (+14 percent average growth rate).

 

 

A Home For The Holidays

FROM LEFT: ammy Harris, Housing Services Director; Cheryl Lambert, Broker Owner Only Way Realty/AHAC Member; Tinker Brown, Key Training Center Retail Operations Director; Barbara Wheeler, Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition Director/AHAC Member; Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith; Hershel Hensley, Brannen Bank/AHAC Member; Teresa Bradley, homeowner; Melissa Walker, Key Training Center Executive Director/AHAC Member;  Commissioner Brian Coleman; Tobey Phillips, Community Services Director; Valerie DeBay, Occupancy Specialist; Michelle DiRubba-Alford, Housing Coordinator; Genesis Chagnon, Senior Program Assistant; Don Hanchar, Donle Enterprises Inc.; John Edstrom; Rehab Specialist.

 

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Christmas just got a little merrier in Hernando for Teresa Bradley and her family.

Teresa cut the ribbon and walked through the door of her new home on Dec. 20, 2017, thanks to Citrus County Housing Services, State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds and many community partner organizations.

Joining Teresa, her family, friends, pastor, supporters and county staff, were Commissioner Brian Coleman, who presented the keys to the home, and Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, who presented the certificate of occupancy.

Teresa had first contacted housing services three years ago when her mobile home became unlivable and she had to move herself and belongings into a tent on the property she owned. This year, Citrus County Housing Services had enough funds in the State Housing Initiatives Partnership or SHIP program to get Teresa the new nine hundred square foot home she needed.

Local non-profits also donated furniture, a washer and dryer, refrigerator full of food, landscaping and everything Teresa needs to make the house her home, including a Christmas tree and a welcome mat at the front door.

Just in time for the holidays, Teresa said, “I am grateful to everyone that made this home possible and I plan on giving back to the community in the future”.

 

Extension Service recognizes volunteer milestones

Volunteers smile when honored
Volunteers, from left to right, include: Tania Frey, Ron Lewis, Elaine Lewis, Jaret Lubowiecki, Steve Evans, Darlene Krushansky and Al Slaska. For more information on the Extension and the programs it provides visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/extension/extension-services.htm .

 

In November 2017, the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County recognized seven volunteers for reaching volunteer milestones.

These volunteers have donated a cumulative 120 years of service.

Five volunteers were recognized for 15 years of service, one for 20 years of service, and another for 25 years of service to the citizens of Citrus County through the Extension office. In all, these volunteers have donated more than 15,000 hours in just the past five years.

These Master Gardener volunteers assist citizens in identifying and remediating garden problems, choosing plants for local setting and educating you in smart gardening practices.

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CAPTION: Volunteers, from left to right, include: Tania Frey, Ron Lewis, Elaine Lewis, Jaret Lubowiecki, Steve Evans, Darlene Krushansky and Al Slaska. For more information on the Extension and the programs it provides visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/extension/extension-services.htm .