Mental Health

CFLR Announces 2022 Amethyst Awardee

CFLR Announces 2022 Amethyst Awardee

Utica, New York (March 2022) – The Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. has chosen Tabatha Sellick, from Oneida County Family Treatment Court as the winner of their 2022 Amethyst Award, which will be presented at their annual awareness breakfast on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

The Amethyst Award is given annually to a member of the community who has helped others by inspiring them with the message of hope and recovery in the fields of mental health and chemical dependency, as well as treatment and prevention.

These are just a few of the amazing statements from her many nominations:

“Tabatha is one of the most dedicated members of our community supporting individuals working on their substance use disorder, mental health, and finding pathways for the whole family unit.”

“Tabatha works tirelessly with those suffering from SUD.”  

“[She] is going above and beyond to service those in need through several specialty courts.”

“Her impact on the community keeps children and parents safe and making positive strides in their recovery.”  “Tabatha’s work as Treatment Court Coordinator has made a lasting difference in the recovery community.” 

“She is extremely caring and takes time with everyone she is talking to, to hear what they are saying.”

Each year at the annual awareness breakfast, CFLR celebrates their community partners who join them in the fight against substance use disorders. There will also be informational booths from services providers from all over the Mohawk Valley and Central NY providing information on recovery and prevention services.

We want to recognize all our partners who play a role in the recovery community, whether it’s inpatient or outpatient, support groups, peer services, life skills, or advocacy“, says CFLR’s CEO Cassandra Sheets. “All of us together share a piece of the success stories we’re now writing. The Mohawk Valley is fortunate to have strong, community-minded leaders. For the friends and loved ones who are rebuilding their lives in recovery, the support they find locally helps to increase their chances of success.  This area has numerous resources to help individuals and families get clean, sober, and achieve long-term recovery.  More importantly, those resources work together to customize individual plans for the road to recovery,” Sheets said.

The awareness breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th at Hart’s Hill Inn at 8:30am in Whitesboro and is open to the public. Tickets are $25 and are available online at

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be a leader in creating a world where people have the power to achieve and celebrate recovery. CFLR supports individuals and families struggling with addiction, mental health, and behavioral issues by inspiring hope, providing help, promoting wellness, and transforming lives. To learn more, visit or call (315) 733-1709

Posted by Cassandra Sheets in CFLR In Action, News

EAP’s “Tuesday at 2:00PM” Series

Learn more about the Employee Assistance Program!  Does your company provide CFLR’s EAP services? Then join us on the 2nd Tuesday of March to find out what EAP is, who is covered (you will be surprised who is eligible for EAP), and how to access our services.

Open to (EAP) covered individuals to learn more about services offered through the EAP.    Email us for the Zoom link to join.


Pandemic Fatigue Support for Frontline Workers

Pandemic Fatigue Support for Frontline Workers

We all need support sometimes.  This group is operated as a drop in opportunity to talk with a member of our staff and connect with other frontline workers in your community.  At the beginning of each session, your facilitator will cover all group guidelines and limitations.

Pre-registration is not required.  Participant spots available are on first come/first served basis.  Please plan to join promptly at start time as we are limited to first 15 participants/session so that everyone has a chance to share and talk.  Self-identification as a front line worker and residency in the CNY area are the only qualifications at this time.


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Meeting ID: 892 0958 2358

Passcode: 554238

If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out by email to Counselor Lynne McHugh.decorative image


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Utica NY- Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is a time to focus on the mental health of children. For 10 years, Center for Family Life & Recovery has offered children, youth, and young adults with mental or substance use disorders in the Mohawk Valley the services and supports they need to meet their goals at home, at school, and in the community.

COVID has impacted children both directly and indirectly. The CDC has reported that during the onset of COVID that Emergency Department mental health visits of children 18 years and younger during the months of Jan. 2020-Oct. 17,2020 showed an increase of 31% and children ages 12-17 had the highest proportion of Mental Health visits during this time. Beyond just thinking about the illness itself and getting sick so many children and families social, emotional, and mental health has been impacted by this pandemic. Many parents are seeing their children for the very first-time experiencing anxiety, sadness, and behavior changes.  Some of the change’s parents may be noticing with their child due to stress related to COVID may include but not limited to:

  • Difficulty sleeping or having nightmares or sleeping too much.
  • Changes in their energy level, appetite, motivation, and interests
  • Difficulty staying focused, making decisions, concentration.
  • Feelings of anger, frustration, fear, grief/loss, worrying.
  • May be exhibiting headaches, body aches/pains, stomach issues, skin problems like rashes due to stress.
  • Mental health or worsening of chronic health conditions.
  • Exhibiting risky behaviors using alcohol, e-cigs, other substances
  • Self-injurious behaviors or talking about not caring or self-isolation.

“Awareness Days are an opportunity for us to join with more than 1,100 communities across the country in celebrating the positive impact that we can have on the lives of children, youth, and young adults when we are able to integrate positive mental health into every environment,” said Cassandra Sheets, Chief Executive Officer. “When we focus on building resilience and social-emotional skills in children, youth, and young adults, we can help these individuals and their families thrive.”

Center for Family Life & Recovery focuses on prevention and Mental Health and be as proactive as we can for our children and families. Center for Family Life & Recovery prevention department works with our school districts and the focus is on proactive prevention and providing evidence-based programming that is geared around Mental Health. Our Prevention focus is on a tiered level of support as all children and families may have different levels of support and needs. We want to provide prevention to ALL children and their families, but we also know that we need to build more services around children and families that have unique and different situations. We offer many different prevention services and programs to work with our families by education, empowering, advocating with them, and working toward wellness as a family unit.

If you or your child is struggling with Mental Health you can call Center for Family Life & Recovery for help to help Navigate services with you. You are not alone! Center For family Life & Recovery is supporting Families and offering hope.

If in immediate crisis call 911.

  • National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish
  • National Domestic Violence 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
  • National Child Abuse 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453
  • National Sexual Assault 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) o
  • Veteran’s Crisis 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Crisis or text: 8388255
  • Disaster Distress CALL or TEXT 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish).
  • The Eldercare 1-800-677-1116 – TTY
Posted by Cassandra Sheets in CFLR In Action, News