Nicole Fordey serves the Greater Manchester, NH area as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Masters Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LICSW/MLADC). She was instrumental in the integration of a medication-assisted recovery program into the community mental health center in order to increase access to quality evidence-based services for people seeking both psychological and medical treatment for substance use disorder. She is a fierce advocate for harm reduction and has trained hundreds on the proper administration of Naloxone and recognizing the signs of opioid, stimulant, and sedative overdose as well as alcohol-related emergencies. She is a vocal supporter of supervised consumption facilities and syringe service programs. Nicole utilizes her personal and professional experiences to connect those in positions of power and authority to the truth of the issues people face who use drugs and/or have mental health conditions. In addition, Nicole has used her experiences with the health care system as a person with a disability (a chronic and incurable illness affecting mobility and causing continuous pain) to highlight the need for reform and regulation, including single-payer health care.
Nicole is also currently a student in the Master of Arts in Public Policy program at New England College. She holds a BA in English Literature from Northeastern University and a MSW from Simmons University. Nicole serves her town of Litchfield as an elected member of the town's official budget committee and as Chair of the Litchfield Democrats. She is planning to run for the office of NH State Representative in 2020 to further progressive values and policies that recognize and champion the inherent dignity and worth of all people.