Central PGRC

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What’s New:

The smell of fall is in the air in Central New York!  As students head back to school we would like to share a few things that we are  excited to tell you about.    

Mark your calendars – October 8-9, 2020 is the first ever Virtual NYCPG Conference on Problem Gambling! We are offering 20 hours of LIVE problem gambling education for only $20!  Register today! 

Did you know that individuals who have a gambling problem can potentially impact up to 10 other people? We recognize that family members often can be affected by a loved one’s gambling behavior and could benefit from some additional supports. 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. During this workshop, participants will be able to learn more about problem gambling, ask questions and learn ways to begin addressing their concerns with their loved one. You can register to participate HERE. The sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month from 8 to 9 p.m. 

Below is the Central Region training schedule for the rest of 2020. Register today.  

*OASAS credits available  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting……ALL TRAININGS ARE FREE  

We have been busy providing virtual problem gambling trainings and meeting with both new and established partners in the community.  Thank you to Center for Gamily Life and Recovery, Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Office of Mental Health, CNY Field Office, Mosaic Health, Oneida County Health Department; SPOAA, and Clear Path for Veterans   If you are interested in scheduling a virtual training with your staff, contact EToomey@NYProblemGambling.org.  

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, email usat 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

  • 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