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Albany, NY, November 1, 2021 – StrongerThanYouThinkNY is the message the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is releasing to NYers today, in an effort to raise awareness about problem gambling.  The People, Purpose, Passion: Pathway to Success campaign debuts today on various media platforms, encouraging NYers to show their support for problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery.  The campaign aims to inspire individuals, families, professionals and advocates across NYS to take action in finding their own pathway to success and to become partners with NYCPG.  The multifaceted campaign encourages:

  • individuals and families to reach out for information and support
  • professionals to be aware and trained to address the issue, and
  • legislators and advocates to take the time to understand the impact problem gambling has on their communities and constituents.

If you are inclined to find YOUR pathway to success visit the campaign website, you’ll be greeted with what’s been described by a NYCPG’s partner as a “positive and inviting feel, that demonstrates the Council’s ongoing commitment to education, professionalism and passion”.

Council Executive Director, Jim Maney, shared, “through this campaign we are promoting the collective power we all have, and will NEED, to address problem gambling in the state of NY.  With mobile sports betting arriving here in less than 3 months, we must let everyone know there is hope and help if they are struggling.”

Last week the campaign was unveiled at the Council’s 2021 Annual Statewide Problem Gambling Conference, to over 400 professionals and recovery advocates who are already dedicated to learning more about addressing this important issue.  These professionals will be the first to show their support for the cause and for the Council’s efforts by doing the following:

  • downloading the Partner Seal to show support on their website or social media pages
  • sharing their story of problem gambling, recovery or advocacy
  • taking action to educate others by sharing the campaign site

“We all have a role to play in combating problem gambling”, said NYCPG Assistant Executive Director of Program, Michelle Hadden, “while we are neither for nor against gambling, we are against the problems that come with it.  Shame and stigma only continue if we stay quiet, this disorder is impacting hundreds of thousands in NYS and yet remains hidden.  Join us in the coming months to raise awareness and show your support for bringing the realities of this addiction to the forefront.”

For more information on the People, Purpose, Passion campaign or to chat with someone immediately for help, please visit

If you are looking for support and services to help you begin your pathway to recovery from problem gambling, reach out to the NE PGRC by calling 518-801-1491 or emailing All calls are confidential. We’re here to help!

*Do you know someone who may need help with their gambling? Do you know the WARNING SIGNS of problem gambling? We are here to help answer all of your questions!


The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling, which is funded by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports.  The Northeast PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling within the Northeastern New York region through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.

The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center is dedicated to the positive transformation of lives harmed by problem gambling. This vision of transformation includes individuals with a gambling problem as well as their families and communities. With a focus on supporting the individual and reducing barriers to care, the Northeast PGRC is truly the premier organization providing problem gambling services in the Northeastern region of New York State.

Northeast PGRC Team

  • Brandy Richards

    Brandy Richards Team Leader

  • Amy McBride

    Amy McBride Program Manager

  • Robin Fetterman

    Robin Fetterman Program Manager

  • Mabatho Lucia Matima, LCSW

    Mabatho Lucia Matima, LCSW Clinician

  • Krystal Gleason, LMHC

    Krystal Gleason, LMHC Clinician

  • Joseph Mc Kay, LCSW-R, CASAC

    Joseph Mc Kay, LCSW-R, CASAC Clinician

  • Jessica Wright, LMHC, CASAC

    Jessica Wright, LMHC, CASAC Clinician

  • Richard Morey, LCSW, CASAC

    Richard Morey, LCSW, CASAC Clinician

  • Helen Lynch, LCSW-R

    Helen Lynch, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Zach Forbes, LCSW, PLLC

    Zach Forbes, LCSW, PLLC Clinician

  • Timothy Crumley, LMHC

    Timothy Crumley, LMHC Clinician

  • Mary Ann Badenoch, LMHC

    Mary Ann Badenoch, LMHC Clinician

  • Valerie Ainsworth, LCSW-R

    Valerie Ainsworth, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Jackie Torrance, LMHC

    Jackie Torrance, LMHC Clinician

  • Diana Ashton, LCSW

    Diana Ashton, LCSW Clinician

  • Elizabeth Iseman, CASAC, LCSW

    Elizabeth Iseman, CASAC, LCSW Clinician

  • Scott Heider, LCSW, CASAC-T

    Scott Heider, LCSW, CASAC-T Clinician

  • Steven DiMarzo, LMHC

    Steven DiMarzo, LMHC Clinician

  • Caitlynn Allen-Kehoe, LMHC

    Caitlynn Allen-Kehoe, LMHC Clinician

  • Brenda Gausby, LMHC, ICOGS, CASAC-T

    Brenda Gausby, LMHC, ICOGS, CASAC-T Clinician

Additional PGRC Team Programs:
NYS Office of Addictions Services and Supports Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention
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