Central PGRC

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(315) 413-4676



What’s New:

Winter is in full swing here in the Central Region, but it hasn’t slowed us down.

We’d like to thank  Sandra Sabene from the Liverpool Arts Center, who  was gracious enough to have us come and learn about the center and all it has to offer the community.  What a great way to start off the week by experiencing creative arts and expression!

A huge shout out to Toni at the Cicero CANTEENWe were able to learn more about the services the CANTEEN has to offer, not just to the teens they serve, but to the parents and community of the Cicero, Clay, North Syracuse, and the Town of Salina. 

We also had the opportunity this month to team up with the Finger Lakes Problem Gambling Resource Center to meet with TompkinsCortland Community College (TC3).   We toured their new recovery space and heard about all the amazing service they provide for their students.  Finally, we had a chance, along with our You(th) Decide partner Jessica Mozo, to meet with the City of Syracuse and Student Assistance Counselors from Contact Community Services, and to hear about the services they provide.  We are looking forward to building a relationship with both organizations to better serve our communities.   

Here to Help! 

Should you, a loved one, friend, or colleague need help or are concerned about gambling behaviors, please contact us at 315-413-4676. 

If you are interested in joining the problem gambling referral network, please click  HERE  for the eligibility and requirements.  We’re always welcoming new clinicians. 

Remember if your workplace, group, or organization would like more information, to collaborate on an event, or a presentation on problem gambling, please contact us. 

Stay warm and safe and think SPRING!



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