Long Island PGRC

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What’s New:

Hello Long Island! We hope that all is well with you and your families! Our thoughts are with all of you as we navigate through these tough times. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. We’re excited to be working with local bodegas, supermarkets, gas stations, Facebook and many other places to raise awareness of how to get involved. We have been making great connections. 

On March 10th we participated in National Problem Gambling Screening Day. Screening Day took place to help identify people in need of treatment services for problem gambling.   Four Mental Health Facilities came on board and held screenings for all willing clients in order to assess their (the clients) placement on the gambling spectrum.   We are grateful for the providers who came on board with us. We can’t wait to share with you all the outcomes from that day.   

We were also honored to be a part of a press conference alongside the Gaming Commission of New York State. We had the opportunity to speak about our partnership with the Gaming Commission as well as our presence in the region to help anyone struggling with problem gambling.  

 Please be sure to like us on  Facebook and follow our Problem Gambling Awareness Month campaign.  This will help us build and strengthen connections across Long Island so we can all help people struggling with gambling problems and connect them to care. 



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

  • Malika Watson Team Leader

  • 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 - 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

  • Terri Procida LCSW - Manorville

  • Michael Longobardi LMHC - Roslyn