Paper Tigers – May 26 @ HCCC


Upstate Cerebral Palsy, in collaboration with the Herkimer County Department of Mental Health and the Herkimer County Youth Violence Prevention Committee will host a showing of the documentary film Paper Tigers on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Herkimer College.

Paper Tigers, One High School’s Unlikely Success Story, is an intimate look into the lives of students at Lincoln High School, an alternative high school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. The film examines what trauma informed schools and communities can do to help youth struggling with the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).  ACE includes verbal, physical or sexual abuse, as well as family dysfunction. The Centers for Disease Control conducted the ACE Study, one of the largest investigations ever to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.

Registration information and additional presentation details will be available shortly.


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FOR-NY Addiction Recovery Needs Survey

A message from our friends at FOR-NY:
Dear Friends,
As we work together to strengthen community based recovery, the voices of individuals, family members and allies impacted by addiction are our most valuable asset. To that end, we’re asking for your assistance in distributing the FOR-NY Recovery Needs Survey to your friends, colleagues, and family members throughout New York State whose lives have been impacted by addiction to alcohol or other drugs.
The purpose of the survey is to determine the current needs, strengths, and gaps in community addiction recovery services and supports for individuals and families in recovery. Data collected will help FOR-NY understand priorities that should be addressed in the areas of needs, resources, and challenges for the Recovery Community. Ultimately, the data we gather will help us better advocate for improved access to quality addiction recovery services and supports for individuals and families.
If you haven’t yet completed the survey, please click on the link below to complete it. (It only takes a few minutes! We promise!). If you have completed it, please consider forwarding it to friends, colleagues, or family members who’ve been impacted by addiction.
Furthermore, if you know someone impacted by addiction who would be interested in completing the survey, but doesn’t have access to a computer, please print out as many copies of the surveys as needed and encourage them to complete it and return it to:
Stephanie Campbell
Director of Policy
Friends of Recovery – New York
1529 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203
All surveys must be received by March 31. Questions can be directed to Stephanie at or 518-487-4395 x16.
Thanks so much for your time. Your efforts to help us maximize the reach of this survey throughout the state will go a long way toward helping FOR-NY better advocate for improved access to quality addiction recovery services and supports for individuals and their families.
The survey can be found here:
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CARA Passed in Senate, 94-1

Yesterday the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addictions and Recovery Act (S.524), also known as CARA. This legislation was passed with a vote of 94-1 and now moves on to the House for its consideration.

“On behalf of Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. (CFLR, Inc.), I would like to thank the Senate for its approval of CARA, specifically New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand and New York Senator Chuck Schumer. This is a major breakthrough for the recovery community, both locally and nationally,”’ as stated by Cassandra Sheets, LMSW and CEO of CFLR, Inc.

“CARA is very important to the work of CFLR, Inc. because it approves much-needed funding for evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery programs to help Americans struggling with addiction to heroin or other opioids,” Sheets further stated.

The abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers is an ongoing battle that our nation continues to fight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses now surpass automobile accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death for Americans between the ages of 25 and 64. More than 100 Americans die as a result of overdose in this country every day.

Addiction is a treatable disease, and CARA provides the opportunity to treat and prevent. CARA authorizes $600 million for grants that could be used for treatment and recovery services, alternatives to prison for nonviolent offenders, law enforcement initiatives and programs to prevent overdose deaths and improper prescriptions. In short, CARA would:

  • Expand access to addiction treatment, including medication-assisted treatment for heroin and opioid dependence.
  • Provide funds for addiction recovery programming and substance use prevention efforts.
  • Create new opportunities for people to receive drug treatment instead of incarceration.
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Governor Cuomo Launches Video Series to Educate & Inform New Yorkers About Addiction Treatment Services

For Immediate Release: 2/26/2016


State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor


New online resource helps better connect families with access to care; Provides information on substance use disorder

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a new video series aimed at educating New Yorkers on the types of addiction treatment services available across the state, and assisting individuals and families with accessing care. The ten new videos are part of the Governor’s ongoing efforts to provide New Yorkers with the tools they need to navigate the substance use disorder system of care.

“Addiction impacts more than one million New Yorkers across the state, and connecting individuals with the care and support they need during these times and getting them help is critically important,” Governor Cuomo said. “These new videos will direct substance users on a path to recovery and work to create a stronger, healthier New York for all.”

The videos feature addiction treatment professionals, insurance experts, parents of young people who were treated for a substance use disorder, and NYS OASAS staff. Topics discussed include: how to get help for a family member or loved one in need, explanations of the different levels of addiction treatment, understanding your insurance coverage, and how to recognize the signs of addiction and the need for treatment.

“These new videos will help individuals and families know where to start when they need to get help,” said NYS OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “These videos offer easy-to-understand information so New Yorkers can better connect with the resources they, or a loved one, may need. Recovery is possible and these resources will help more New Yorkers take that first step to get treatment and set their sights on the reality of recovery.”

To view the videos, visit the NYS OASAS Access Treatment web page, or view the following links: Introduction to Treatment, Understanding Your Health Insurance Benefits, Inpatient Detoxification, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Outpatient Treatment, Appeals Process, Patient Safety, Communicating with Health Care Provider, When Family/Loved One Wants to Help, and Relapse Prevention.

The video series was developed by the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Insurance Workgroup which was formed as part of Governor Cuomo’s historic legislation in 2014. The workgroup members include addiction treatment providers, insurance companies, and parents who have experienced the addiction treatment system while guiding their loved one through obtaining care.

New Yorkers can also find available addiction treatment beds by searching the OASAS Bed Availability Dashboard, another recently released web-based application that shows treatment availability at OASAS-certified substance use disorder treatment providers in real-time.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the State’s HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369). New Yorkers can also find an OASAS-certified substance use disorder treatment provider by visiting the NYS OASAS Find Help web page. Visit for more information on addressing heroin and prescription opioid abuse, including a Kitchen Table Tool Kit to help start the conversation about the warning signs of addiction and where to get help. For additional tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing underage drinking or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent addiction website.


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CFLR, Inc. Invites Community to Talk About Recovery

CFLR, Inc. Invites Community to Talk About Recovery

Free Event Open to Public

Utica, New York (March 2016) – The recovery community is speaking out to educate friends, neighbors, policymakers and the media about the reality of recovery. On Tuesday, March 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. (CFLR, Inc.) is hosting an event that will change the landscape of the area’s recovery community.

Please join CFLR, Inc. as it discusses the benefits of becoming a Recovery Community Organization (RCO), a hub for recovery-focused policy advocacy activities. Attendees will be introduced to the various components of an RCO, and a brief presentation will be given to demonstrate how local recovery initiatives and outreach programs will be handled moving forward. The event will be held at CFLR, Inc.’s Utica office location (502 Court Street, Suite 401). Anyone with a desire to build a community that supports individuals and families on their recovery journey is encouraged to attend.

Together we can change the conversation about addiction and recovery. For more information, please contact Judith H. Reilly, CPP, Services Director at (315) 733-1709 or

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading expert for advocacy, prevention, counseling, and training. As a community partner, it is important to us that we continue spreading the message of help and hope to our area and with those whom we work.


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Motivational Interviewing I

Registration Form

DATE: March 17 & 18, 2016                                                              

TIME: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Registration will begin at 8:30 AM)

*Must attend both days*                                            

PLACE: Hart’s Hill Inn (135 Clinton Street, Whitesboro, NY)

COST: One fee of $95.00 – Includes lunch & program materials (Online payment subject to PayPal fee)

About the Presenters:

Denise Spagnola is a member of the Motivational Interviewers Network of Trainers; an international group trained by Miller & Rollnick. She has worked in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, corrections and dual recovery for the past 20 years; for the past eight years has owned and operated a private psychotherapy practice in New Hartford, NY. Denise works intensively with individuals dealing with trauma, abuse, addictions and family dysfunction. She is a faculty member at the Academy of Addiction Studies, NYS OASAS, an adjunct faculty member at MVCC, and a MINT (Motivational Interviewing) International Network of Trainers. Denise is also a mentor with the Women’s Mentorship Project sponsored by NYS Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Providers, Inc. (ASAP) and provides clinical supervision to individual and agency professionals. She is a member of the NASW, the AACC and CCN.

Bonnie Carr has thirty-two years of experience in the human service field. For eight years Bonnie worked in child welfare as a front-line caseworker and as a supervisor. For the last twenty-four years, Bonnie has worked at Insight House Chemical Dependency Services, Inc. as a chemical dependency counselor and administrator. In 1994, Bonnie was trained by Miller & Rollnick and completed the Motivational Interviewing trainer curriculum. She currently holds the position of Vice-President at Insight House, responsible for program development, regulatory oversight and clinical direction. Bonnie also works part-time in an outpatient community mental health clinic providing therapy for individuals with mental health issues, many of whom also have substance abuse problems.

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Counseling 101, Levels of Care

Registration Form

Date: February 26, 2016            

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Registration will begin at 8:30 AM)

Place: Hart’s Hill Inn (135 Clinton St., Whitesboro, NY 13492)

Cost: $55.00 – Includes coffee and assorted breakfast muffins, as well as lunch and program materials (Online payment is subject to PayPal fee)

Content: This course is intended to offer participants an understanding of levels of care, counselor wellness, and other helpful tools presented by Various Panel Members.

Who Should Attend: Social Workers, Addiction Treatment and/or Prevention Professionals, Care Managers, Case Workers, Residential Providers, Parole and Probation Staff, School Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and others serving individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.

Registration Deadline: February 19, 2016 (Or until full)

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Governor Cuomo Unveils New Tool to Guide New Yorkers to Addiction Treatment

On February 3, Governor Cuomo unveiled a new tool to guide New Yorkers to addiction treatment. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services’ (NYS OASAS) Bed Availability Dashboard application collects bed availability from State-certified alcohol and substance use disorder treatment providers daily and makes it available in real-time on the agency’s website. This new platform will help allow all New Yorkers to easily determine treatment bed availability all across the state. To visit this dashboard, please follow the link:

This platform allows New Yorkers to search for services in their region, as well as for treatment beds specific to age and gender. Providers will update information about available treatment beds on a 24/7 basis. The Bed Availability Dashboard is the latest addition to Governor Cuomo’s multi-pronged approach to addressing substance use disorders in New York State.

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