Central PGRC

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What’s New:

Happy New Year and welcome 2021! The Central Region Problem Gambling Resource Center is committed to continuing our efforts in helping to make central New York a healthier community. We will continue this by:

  • Hosting a listening session to discuss the possible effects that online sports betting may have on college students and the resources that may be needed to assist campuses;
  • Connecting those affected or struggling with problem gambling to the best care our region offers;
  • Supporting our community partners in their efforts to build and sustain healthy communities; and
  • Providing more education to the central New York communities that we serve about problem gambling and help reduce the stigma about addiction.

Did you know that individuals who have a gambling problem can potentially impact up to 10 other people? We are pleased to offer a FREE monthly online Family Support group for those family members who believe their loved one’s gambling may be problematic. You can register to participate HERE. The sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month from 8 to 9 p.m.

We are continually looking to expand our network of Problem Gambling Treatment Specialists across our 13–county region.  We are seeking private practitioners interested in helping those with a gambling disorder.  We provide free training and professional development.    For more information, please email us at CentralPGRC@NYProblemGambling.org.       



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

The Central PGRC 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 Central PGRC is truly the premier organization providing problem gambling services in the central region of New York State.

Central PGRC Team

  • Elizabeth Toomey Team Leader

  • Jon Crandall Program Manager

  • Kim Nowakowski Program Manager

  • Grace Puchalski LCSW - Liverpool

  • Kirsten Lesch MSW, MA, LMFT - Skaneateles

  • Melissa Kallfelz LMHC - Skaneateles

  • Tricia Dennis LMHC - Auburn

  • David Bowman LCSW, CASAC 2, Baldwinsville

  • Samantha Cole MSW, LCSW, DSW - Unadilla

  • Tracy Carmody MS, LMHC, NCC, CASAC 2 - Baldwinsville

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