Central PGRC

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What’s New:

The team at the Central Problem Gambling Resource Center (PGRC) has been actively engaging with many different groups over the last several weeks. Dr. Samantha Cole, a clinician within the Central PGRC referral network, was key to scheduling the team to attend a meeting for the Tri-Town Coalition on Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP) in Delaware County. We learned about their mission, which is to reduce and prevent substance abuse through awareness, education and community action. We were so excited to educate members of Tri-Town COSAP about the Central PGRC, about problem gambling, and services we offer to their community.

Louise Haraczka, Interim Acting Director of the Office of the Aging in Jefferson County, graciously invited us to engage with them regarding their services. The Clinic of Mental Health in Madison County afforded us the opportunity to discuss possible collaboration efforts within their county. We appreciate the opportunity to network with these agencies and spread the word about the services we offer to those struggling with problem gambling across the central region.

Also, we continue working to bring clinicians on to the network.  Some clinicians include Tricia Dennis, who provides services throughout Cayuga County and surrounding areas, and Kelly Mayer, who practices in Homer, NY.  These clinicians are providing services to Cortland County and surrounding areas.



The Central Region PGRC is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling.  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