Central PGRC

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What’s New:

Summer has arrived in Central New York! In the past few months, we have been fortunate to be enjoying great weather and the re-opening of our communities. During this time we have been working on a few things that we are excited to tell you about our new promotional video, a new resource to aid in workplace policies updates and implementation and the opportunities we have had to get the word out about problem gambling with new and old partners 

Check out our PGRC video on Facebook that includes info on how to seek help for those struggling with problem gambling, especially during these challenging timesDon’t forget to like our page! 

Should your organization belooking to updating guidelines and procedures, it may be an appropriate time to include a gambling free policy into your employee code of conduct.   Check out the Gambling In The Workplace Toolkit or reach out to us for assistance.  

We would like to thank the CNY Peer Networking Group, NY State and Regional EAP, Center for Family Life, Fort Drum Addiction Center, The Neighborhood Center in Utica and Rome NY for inviting us to inform and educate their staff about problem gambling. 



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

  • Brian Decker LMHC - Utica

  • 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