Long Island PGRC

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As we prepare for the holiday season and colder temperatures, we want to wish you and your families good health and safety as self-care is important during any season.

The holiday season is always a time to bring family together.  Our program believes in the wellbeing of family members to those who struggle with problem gambling.  With families in mind, we are pleased to offer a FREE monthly online support group. The sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month from 8 to 9 p.m. You can register to participate HERE.

Lastly, the Long Island region would like to thank our amazing clinical supervisor Dr. Rugle for her efforts in the problem gambling field along with the invaluable supervision she has offered to our trained therapists.  Dr. Rugle is retiring at the end of 2020 and will be sorely missed.   As Dr. Rugle leaves us we would like to welcome our new clinical supervisor Craig Johnson! Craig is a seasoned LMHC and a CASAC-G, he has taught at a number of universities and operates a private practice in Rochester specializing in the treatment of varying addictions including gambling and gaming disorders. We look forward to working with  Craig in 2021.

The PGRC would like to wish you a happy holiday and a healthy New Year!



The Long Island 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 Long Island PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling in Long Island through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.

The Long Island 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 Long Island PGRC is truly the premier organization providing problem gambling services in the Long Island region of New York State.

Long Island PGRC Team

  • Justina Ferrara Program Manager

  • Diana Reuter Program Manager

  • Evan Michaels LCSW-R - Merrick

  • Donna Simons LCSW-R, CASAC - Wantagh

  • Richard Anemone LMHC, CAMS, MPS - Lynbrook

  • Theodore Bunin LCSW-R - Lawrence

  • Valisa Singh LMHC, CASAC, CRC - Huntington Station

  • Eileen DeRosa LCSW-R, CASAS-G - Valley Stream

  • Michelle Scantlebury LCSW-R, CASAC - Valley Stream

  • Deborah Tarantino LCSW-R - Lindenhurst

  • Bettina Yanez LCSW - Melville

  • Teresa Kelly LCSW-R - Glen Cove

  • Christine LCSW-R, CASAC - Glen Head

  • Peter Digilio LCSW, CASAC - Port Jefferson

  • Emily Chappell LCSW - Medford

  • Heiko Ganzer LCSW CASAS-G - Rocky Point

  • Mary Calamia LCSW - Holbrook

  • Dana Legrande LCSW - Bay Shore

  • Laura Fanning LCSW - Riverhead

  • Michael Longobardi LMHC - Roslyn

  • Denise Taddonio LCSW - E. Northport

  • Gilbert Cruceta Babylon - LMHC

  • Meryl Leff LCSW, CASAC - West Babylon

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