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 from this time last year, however Kim, Jonathan and Elizabeth would like to remind everyone we are HERE TO HELP.   

New York Council on Problem Gambling is conducting a Community Stakeholder Survey to collect information about perceptions about problem gambling and needs for services in communities across New York State, and we want to hear what’s happening in the Central Region.  By participating in the survey, you will helpguide the work that the CPGRC (Central Problem Gambling Resource Center)does in the 13 communities we serve. If you would please take the time to fill out the survey below and support us in the work that we are doing, it would be greatly appreciated. It should take around 10 -15 minutes to complete. The survey is 25 questions and is completely anonymous.  The results will only be used for needs assessment and work planning purposes only.  Again, thank you for your support and input. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021StakeholderSurvey 

We would like to thank SUNY Potsdam, Cazenovia College, and Syracuse University for partnering with us to bring education and awareness to students who are looking to have a career in the Human Service fieldWe also would like to say thank you to Center for Family Life and Recovery Inc. and Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition, for supporting Problem Gambling efforts and providing training and resource to their staff and members.     The group is for 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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