Central PGRC

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What’s New:

Spring has officially arrived in Central New York (though some days may not feel like it). Our daily routines and life look a bit different right now however Kim, Jonathan and Elizabeth would like to remind everyone we are still working and…


People struggling with gambling problems, or in recovery from problem gambling, may find our current conditions difficult.  We realize that social distancing can be difficult for those struggling.  Extra time on your hands, stress and anxiety, and access to gambling on the internet are all a formula for issues to arise 

If you or a loved one are experiencing extra stress, anxiety, anger, or an uncontrollable urge to gamble, these may be signs of a problem. There are options for help.  



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