Western Problem Gambling Resource Center PGRC



For 24/7 Support, Call the NYS OASAS HOPEline

at 1-877-8HOPENY

It is important for those affected by the harms associated with gambling and people close to those with a gambling problem can suffer

impacts that include conflicts in relationships, financial strain, and feelings of anger, fear, shame or worry.

For more information and to get help, call the NYS OASAS HOPEline anytime

at 1-877-846-7369.

For additional resources, please visit https://oasas.ny.gov/gambling or https://oasas.ny.gov/prevention/gambling


For Local Addiction Treatment Center Support, Contact:

Margaret A. Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center

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877-8HOPENY 24/7 Support



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UConnectCare Behavioral Health Services (Formerly GCASA)

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BestSelf Behavioral Health

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Check out “That Sounds Terrific” podcast with host Nick Koziol

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How to stop gambling and sports betting. Can’t stop sports betting. How to stop online gambling.  CLICK ME 

First, click to see Angela DiRosa’s interview with Jacquie Walker. While they discuss gambling and gambling addiction and how to stop gambling and sports betting and how to find gambling addiction counseling.


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Listen to Jeffrey Wierzbicki on WBEN Radio discussing sports betting in NYS



Thank you Spectrum News for helping raise awareness of problem gambling during Problem Gambling Awareness Month!

Also, how to identify problem gambling warning signs.

*Also, if you are visiting this site outside WNY and would like to connect to your local PGRC: CLICK HERE


Western PGRC staff had a great time at the FOCUS – Addiction Prevention Council Spring Impact Conference!

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                                            Gwendolyn Bork (Rock Star!)


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In Good Health Magazine Buffalo Q&A with Jeffrey Wierzbicki


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Jeffrey Wierzbicki and Joel Oriend discuss Mobile Sports Betting on WQRW. CLICK ME

Next, you can listen to Jeffrey Wierzbicki with Oriend on WQRW Community Focus. 


Help to stop gambling near me. In addition listen to PPAC Central – Partners for Prevention Allegany County Podcast. As Jon Chafee (PPAC) talks about problem gambling, mobile sports betting and how to stop online gambling. Also, you can get gambling counseling fast.  Additionally, they discuss plans for Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Joining Jon is Jeffrey Wierzbicki and Angela DiRosa from the Western Problem Gambling Resource Center.


Western PGRC – How to stop gambling and Sports Betting near me.

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The Cost of Problem Gambling


Mobile Sports Betting is LIVE in NYS. In other words, those struggling with a sports betting gambling problem now have 24/7 access to bet. Because of this access, we must all help raise awareness.

Recently, Angela DiRosa joined Jacquie Walker on WIVB News 4. During the interview Angela talked about the impact that Mobile Sports Betting (MSB) on Western New Yorkers. As well as problem gambling warning signs. Similarly how to get help with a gambling or online gambling problem. Consequently, as Mobile Sports Betting rolls out, know how to get help. While a gambling problem can happen to anyone, there is help to stop gambling and sports betting.

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Building Partnerships Increases Problem Gambling Knowledge

Accordingly, Western PGRC staff are excited to begin a partnership with Buffalo and WNY VA. Because, The VA is dedicated to raising awareness about prescription and other drug addictions within the veteran community. Also the affects of drugs, alcohol, and gambling are closely related. Therefore, everyone in recovery should be aware of services that can also help people gambling with gambling addiction and betting on football.

National Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is in November. Because EAP’s help people. Equally important, they can deal with personal or work-related problems. Problems that could impact themselves and their work. So we have partnered to raise awareness of problem gambling. In addition, Wende Correctional Facility invited the Western PGRC in. So staff could learn warnings signs and how to get help.

Likewise, if you would like to partner with us learn ways to raise awareness of problem gambling, email us today!

Who Do We Serve?

Besides Buffalo, we serve Warsaw to Jamestown, Batavia to Lewiston and Amherst to Wellsville. Niagara, Erie, allegany, Genesee, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua counties. Niagara Falls to Olean and Hamburg and Dunkirk. Now, confidential help to stop gambling and gambling counseling is here in Western New York (WNY).

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Confidential email. Help with gambling problems. Also help to stop gambling.


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                               Western PGRC is “In The News”


Spectrum News October 26th Sports Betting, Betting on Football is Causing Problems in WNY

Wayne Times Sports Betting Article (NEW)

RITV News – Mobile Sports Betting (Russian Language)

WYRK “Help is available”

WNY Independent Living – Public Newsletter (PGRC)

“Are We Ready For Mobile Sports Betting?”

Buffalo News “Mobile Sports Betting”

Spectrum News “Mobile Sports Betting Raises Concerns” (Video)

WKBW “Local Help is Available”

Lockport Sun and Journal “Gambling, a Two-Way Street”

WIVB “Recognizing Gambling Addiction

Warsaw’s Country Courier “Stress Awareness Month”

Rochester First Video

The Daily News

MSN.com Video

Finger Lakes 1 Video

The Batavian – Stress Awareness Month


Do You Know the Warning Signs of Problem Gambling?

Lying about how much you are gambling/online slots. Consequently borrowing money to gamble and pay debts.

Using money for gambling instead of paying bills. All despite the negative consequences.

Feeling anxious. Because for instance you are unable to gamble or trying cut back.

Bragging about how much/how often you are winning.

Problems at work because you are being distracted by planning gambling activities.

Financial distress due to gambling and gambling losses and betting on football.

*Notably, problem gambling is often easy to hide and can impact anyone. There is in fact no “face” to problem gambling. Therefore, it is important to know the signs. As you can see, the warning signs of gambling problems can be easily hidden. Above all, we can help. If you or a loved one need help with a gambling problem, NY Problem Gambling Help promptly call or email today.

“Here to Help” Call 877-8-HOPENY for confidential help with a gambling problem.


Also learn about how you can become an advocate!

About the Western Problem Gambling Resource Center: Help to Stop Gambling.

The Western (PGRC) is a program of the NYCPG. Funding comes from the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports.  Therefore, purpose of the Western PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling. We serve Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming Counties. As well as, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties. Western PGRC aims to increase public awareness. Also to connect anyone struggling with services.

Our staff are dedicated. So the lives of those harmed by problem gambling improves. Therefore, we help anyone struggling with a gambling problem. We also help their loved ones. Because we focus on supporting people. While reducing barriers to getting help. The Western PGRC is above all the premier center for providing help. Help to stop gambling, help to stop online gambling, gambling counseling and online help to stop gambling is available now in Western New York. NY Problem Gambling Help.

Training Opportunities Available:

In addition the Western PGRC can help you and your team. We can help increase their knowledge of problem gambling and problem sports betting and online help for gambling.

Training Topics Include: PG 101 – Just the Basics. Also Problem Gambling and Suicide: The Relationship With Mental Health. Additional topics include, Problem Gambling – Emerging Trends and Problem Gambling and Seniors.

In addition to the above topics, we have many trainings to meet your needs. Simply email us for more information!

Contact Email: [email protected]  /  Return Home: NYCPG HOME PAGE

Visit www.NYProblemGamblingHELP.org for your local PGRC.



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Western Problem Gambling Resource Center PGRC Team

  • Jeffrey Wierzbicki

    Jeffrey Wierzbicki Team Leader

  • Angela DiRosa

    Angela DiRosa Program Manager

  • Shanley Olszowy

    Shanley Olszowy Program Manager

  • M. Erin Koprevich, LCSW-R

    M. Erin Koprevich, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Lisa C. Sherwood, LCSW-R

    Lisa C. Sherwood, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Barry J. Chapman, LCSW-R

    Barry J. Chapman, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Daniel J. Ort, LMHC

    Daniel J. Ort, LMHC Clinician

  • Charles L. Fowler, LCSW-R CASAC-G

    Charles L. Fowler, LCSW-R CASAC-G Clinician

  • Bernard A. Huber, LCSW

    Bernard A. Huber, LCSW Clinician

  • Adam Giancarlo, LCSW

    Adam Giancarlo, LCSW Clinician

  • Kris Sokolofsky, LCSW

    Kris Sokolofsky, LCSW Clinician

  • Stephanie Wesner, LMHC, CASAC

    Stephanie Wesner, LMHC, CASAC Clinician

  • Lisa Mann, LMHC, CASAC-2

    Lisa Mann, LMHC, CASAC-2 Clinician

  • Jakob Smidt, LCSW

    Jakob Smidt, LCSW Clinician

  • Melissa Coniglio-Fote, LMHC

    Melissa Coniglio-Fote, LMHC Clinician

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