Central PGRC

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What’s New:

Summer is in full swing Central New York!  People are starting to get out and about doing those great summer activities like boating, biking and having picnics.  During  this  time, we have been working on a few things that we are  excited to tell you about.   

August 1st was the one-year anniversary that accessible, effective, and efficient services to treat individuals and families struggling with a gambling problem has been open statewide!  To mark this historic anniversary, the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) and its 7 New York State Problem Gambling Resource Centers (PGRCs) shared their gratitude for the support of the State of New YorkThe Council has been widely sharing the gratitude of staff, clinicians, and clients for these essential services, as shown in this video montage.  We Are Here to Help! 

We have also released our 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 meetingALL TRAINING’S ARE FREE 

We have been busy providing virtual problem gambling trainings and meeting new partners to our community  Thank you to Central Prevention Resource Center, Rome Neighborhood Center, and St. Lawrence County, Office of the Aging   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’re seeking private practitioners interested in helping those with a gambling disorder.  We provide free training and professional development.    For more information, 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

  • 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