Central PGRC

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What’s New:

March was  Problem Gambling Awareness Month – our favorite month of all! We would like to thank and recognize the businesses and organizations that helped us raise awareness about this problem gambling.  Below are some businesses and organizations that engaged in activities:

  • Center for Family Life & Recovery inc.
  • Prevention Network
  • Seaway Valley Prevention Council
  • McPike Treatment Center
  • Vernon Downs
  • Central NY Alcohol & Drug Association
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • Rethink Debt
  • Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center

A HUGE thank you to all the counties, cities, towns, and villages that supported the Central PGRC action by declaring March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in their communities by signing a proclamation!  We truly value your support and your commitment public health within your community.

  • City of Auburn
  • City of Syracuse
  • City of Watertown
  • City of Utica
  • Cortland County
  • Herkimer County
  • Madison County
  • Oneida County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • Lawrence County
  • Village of Canastota
  • City of Norwich

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. You can register to participate HERE. The sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month from 8 to 9 p.m.

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, please email us at         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

  • 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

Additional PGRC Team Programs:
NYS Office of Addictions Services and Supports Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention
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