Jenn Beach Brillante

In Response to Increase in Opioid Overdoses in CNY, Center for Family Life and Recovery Offers Services and Help

Utica, New York – In response to the State Department of Health recent warning to the public in Central New York about an alarming increase in opioid overdoses and the spike alert for Oneida County, Center for Family Life and Recovery wants to remind the public of services they have available.

According to the State Department of Health, these overdoses are likely linked to fentanyl, which is a powerful opioid that is often added to other drugs like heroin, as well as, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine and illicitly manufactured pills, including benzodiazepines and other psychostimulants like Molly and MDMA. Nearly half of all overdose deaths in New York State now involve fentanyl.

The State Department of Health is encouraging providers and the public to take advantage of new standing order, allowing New Yorkers to get naloxone without a prescription. Individuals interested can also be trained by CFLR in a brief training session on how looks for the signs of an overdose, how to administer Narcan and get a kit once trained.  The following training sessions are free and open to the public and CFLR’s EAP companies:

In-person:                           Sept. 15th 11:00am at CFLR Utica office, 502 Court St., Utica

Sept. 21st 1:30-2:30 walk-in or 3:00pm sit down class at the CLFR Rome office, 201 W. Dominick St, Rome

Virtual Drop in:                 Sept. 21st at 11:00am (find the zoom link here: or call 315.733.1709 for the link)

Additionally, CLFR has several other services to help prevent overdose, to help families affected by addiction, and assist those in active addiction to seek help and recovery services. Center for Family Life and Recovery’s vision is to be a leader in creating a world where people have the power to achieve and celebrate recovery. To learn more about our services, visit or call 315.733.1709.

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading expert in advocacy, prevention, counseling, and employee assistance programs. Along with supporting individuals and families struggling with addiction and recovery, mental health, and behavioral issues, CFLR’s goal is to inspire hope, provide help, promote wellness and transform lives. To learn more, visit



Posted by Jenn Beach Brillante in CFLR In Action, News

Center for Family Life holds holiday meal basket giveaway!

UTICA, NY – A joyful mood of gratitude was evident at the Center for Family Life and Recovery (CFLR) holiday meal basket give-a-way. Staff and volunteers collected and packed meal baskets with care for families in need.

A successful multi-site food drive supplemented the baskets with a variety of canned and boxed holiday food items. Special gift cards were included in each basket so that individual families could exercise personal choice at the grocery store to shop for their preferred fresh food perishables, according to their family tastes and dietary needs.

Boxes and baskets were loaded into vehicles at three Mohawk Valley area basket distribution sites set up outside for a COVID-safe distribution. Site locations allowed for a distribution nearest to identified families in need. Some baskets were even hand-delivered to those that could not come out to the event or who did not have transportation.

“Every year staff and volunteers love seeing the smiles on the faces of our clients as they receive their holiday meal baskets,” Cassandra Sheets, CEO, shared, “it really is a very special tradition of our agency and one we greatly enjoy. This year we are especially thankful to brighten the holidays for 38 Mohawk Valley families.”

A special thank you to Officer Harrington and the Utica Police Department for their valuable assistance loading baskets the day of the event.

The CFLR team would like to thank all sponsoring partners of this year’s successful event. Partners include: BNY Mellon – the staff of BNY, Scalzo, Zogby, and Wittig Insurance, Police Benevolent Association of Utica, the Remsen and Rome Rotarians, Parkway Senior Center in Utica, Parkway Center in Verona, Hannaford’s supermarkets, PJ Green, Fit Body Bootcamp in Whitesboro, and the Holland Patent School District. Many other local organizations also participated in the huge food drive, which was wildly successful to help fill baskets this year – THANK YOU!

Food and donations collected locally for this project stays local. There are many ways to get involved with this special annual holiday giving opportunity. Visit to view giving opportunities for the 2022 year.

For more information on Center for Family Life and Recovery, please visit, and the project page at

Media inquiries can be directed to Cassandra Sheets, CEO. Office:  315-768-2645 Email:



Posted by Jenn Beach Brillante in CFLR In Action