Western PGRC

We are “Here to Help”

(716) 833-4274

Call today if you or a loved would like to talk to someone about help for a gambling problem.


“What’s New?” – Western Problem Gambling Resource Center (PGRC)

Listen to Angela DiRosa’s interview with Clay Moden on Country 106.5 WYRK

Western Problem Gambling Resource Center staff will be keeping you up to date by sharing all the wonderful activities we, and our partners are engaging in to help raise awareness of problem gambling in the WNY area. We invite you to share what you, your organization, group, or community is doing to help individuals and families looking for help to stop gambling by emailing us at: WesternPGRC@nyproblemgambling.org.

Western Staff are excited to begin a partnership with “Save the Michael’s of the World”. Amazing work being done in WNY! Looking forward to meeting the rest of the staff and raising awarness of problem gambling and suicide prevention!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Risky Relationships: The Link Between Domestic Violence & Problem Gambling

Problem gambling may not be a common topic discussed during Domestic Violence Awareness Month; however, the link between domestic violence and problem gambling makes it important to bring awareness to this volatile relationship.

Domestic violence is defined as violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner, which may include physical violence; sexual, psychological, social, or financial abuse; harassment; and stalking.

A recent study of help-seeking gamblers found that forty-nine percent of participants reported being a victim of violence and 43% had perpetrated violence (Bellringer et al., 2017). A person with a gambling problem may experience intense mental and emotional distress which may be expressed through restlessness, irritability or violence. Someone’s gambling problem may also elicit similar distress from a loved one. The person gambling may be the perpetrator or victim of domestic violence.

Furthermore, there is already evidence that domestic violence increases during professional sporting events due to the emotions experienced from a “home team’s” upset loss, citing issues like consumption of alcohol, increased interactions with family members during games, increased expectations for a positive outcome, and increased stress and anxiety. Our community, the state and the country are seeing increased availability and prevalence of sports gambling, daily fantasy sports, and the like. What happens when those high stakes are further intensified by having large sums of money on the line, potentially for multiple sporting events?

In many ways, this October is unlike any in the past, but some things remain constant – there are many people who will isolate themselves out of fear or shame and will not reach out for the help they need.  Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives us an opportunity to offer hope to those experiencing violence in the home.

Problem gambling and domestic violence can impact anyone. If you are experiencing domestic violence or problem gambling, confidential services are available:

Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Western Problem Gambling Resource Center: 716-833-4274

The Western Problem Gambling Resource Center (PGRC) is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling within New York State. The vision of the PGRC is the positive transformation of lives harmed by problem gambling. The PGRC focuses efforts on increasing public awareness of problem gambling; connecting clients with treatment, recovery and support services; working with the gaming industry to promote responsible gambling; and promoting healthy lifestyles which foster freedom from problem gambling. Visit www.NYProblemGamblingHELP.org to learn more about the PGRC network.


We are happy to announce that REGISTRATION is now open for the 2021 NYCPG Annual Conference on Problem Gambling!

*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!


About the Western PGRC:

The Western 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 Western PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling in the western New York region through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.

The Western 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 Western PGRC is truly the premier center for providing help to stop gambling in the western New York region.

Western PGRC Team

  • Jeffrey Wierzbicki

    Jeffrey Wierzbicki Team Leader

  • Angela DiRosa

    Angela DiRosa Program Manager

  • M. Erin Koprevich, LCSW-R

    M. Erin Koprevich, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Lisa C. Sherwood, LCSW-R

    Lisa C. Sherwood, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Daniel J. Ort, LMHC

    Daniel J. Ort, LMHC Clinician

  • Charles L. Fowler, LCSW-R CASAC-G

    Charles L. Fowler, LCSW-R CASAC-G Clinician

  • Bernard A. Huber, LCSW

    Bernard A. Huber, LCSW Clinician

  • Adam Giancarlo, LCSW

    Adam Giancarlo, LCSW Clinician

  • Kris Sokolofsky, LCSW

    Kris Sokolofsky, LCSW Clinician

  • Stephanie Wesner, LMHC, CASAC

    Stephanie Wesner, LMHC, CASAC Clinician

  • Lisa Mann, LMHC, CASAC-2

    Lisa Mann, LMHC, CASAC-2 Clinician

  • Jakob Smidt, LCSW

    Jakob Smidt, LCSW Clinician

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