New York City PGRC

Impacted by problem gambling? Call 1-(833) 437-3864

-All calls are confidential-

Problem Gambling Resource Centers Offer:

 – One on One Therapy    – Sessions Peer Support Groups    – Clinician Led Groups      – Screening Tools      – Educational Presentations 

The New York City PGRC currently offers treatment options available in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Russian. We’re always on the lookout for new clinicians to expand our range of treatment options. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our clinician network, click here to view our Eligibility Requirements.

 

 

BIPOC CULTURE AND GAMBLING HARMS

BIPOC Culture and Gambling: Gambling is an activity done for hundreds of years in many communities. In many cultures and communities, it is a national pastime, a way to socialize with others. In many BIPOC communities gambling is not seen as a problematic activity.   Additionally, some types of gambling may not be considered gambling in their communities. In a recent survey by the NYCPG DEI Team, dominos, video games/loot boxes, lottery, scratch-offs, and cards are several types of gambling activities that BIPOC communities do not always associate with gambling.

Why screen the BIPOC Community for Problem Gambling? Gambling disorder leads to financial, emotional, social, occupational, and physical harm. However, many cases of gambling disorder go undetected, due to lack of awareness, education, and limited assessment for this problem. Studies show that among BIPOC Communities there are higher levels of anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other mental health disorders, all of which can co-occur with gambling.

Barriers with Problem Gambling Treatment & Services   The shame and stigma associated with gambling problems can be further compounded within BIPOC communities. This can be because of a distrust of the medical system, or lack of services for those who are undocumented. In addition, treatment options can be limited for those in BIPOC communities, service availability may not be equitable, culturally specific, or in a client’s native language.

BUILDING BRIDGES OUTREACH PROGRAMS:

  • Hispanic/Latinx Street Team: Services include outreach, assessments, and educational sessions for the Hispanic/Latinx communities.
  • Asian Problem Gambling Services (ASP) Services include outreach and awareness efforts, education, and support services in Chinese, Mandarin, and Cantonese
                 

The New York City (NYC) Problem Gambling Resource Center 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 New York City PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.

The NYC Problem Gambling Resource Center is dedicated to the positive transformation of lives harmed by 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 NYC PGRC is truly the premier center for providing problem gambling services.

As a means of self-medication, compulsive gamblers frequently resort to substance use in response to their gambling outcomes. Regrettably, a gambling disorder has the potential to exacerbate symptoms of both mental health conditions and substance use disorders. The most effective treatment for these co-occurring disorders involves addressing both SUD and Gambling issuse  concurrently, as opposed to treating them independently.

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New York City PGRC Team

  • Alcee James

    Alcee James Director, NYC PGRC

  • Venus Moore

    Venus Moore NYC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

  • Sheena Rafat-Smith

    Sheena Rafat-Smith NYC PGRC Co-Occuring Services Coordinator

  • Carly Li

    Carly Li Asian Services Community and Referral Specialist

  • Robin Singh

    Robin Singh Team Leader

  • Deborah Lavaud

    Deborah Lavaud Program Manager

  • Chester Wai

    Chester Wai Program Manager

  • Isabel Barbosa

    Isabel Barbosa Program Manager

  • Marcus Daughtery, LMHC

    Marcus Daughtery, LMHC Clinician

  • Henry Montero, LMHC, CASAC -2

    Henry Montero, LMHC, CASAC -2 Clinician

  • Martha Dominguez, MS, LMHC, CASAC - T, DWI

    Martha Dominguez, MS, LMHC, CASAC - T, DWI Clinician

  • Luis Lopez, LMHC

    Luis Lopez, LMHC Clinician

  • Marshall Bryant, LCSW

    Marshall Bryant, LCSW Clinician

  • Pauline Parkes, LCSW-R

    Pauline Parkes, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Latasha Forbes, LCCSW

    Latasha Forbes, LCCSW Clinician

  • Betsy Wroblewski, LCSW

    Betsy Wroblewski, LCSW Clinician

  • Ronald Calderwood, LMHC

    Ronald Calderwood, LMHC Clinician

  • Ellen Friedman, LCSW

    Ellen Friedman, LCSW Clinician

  • Bill Hughes, LCSW

    Bill Hughes, LCSW Clinician

  • Eileen Butler, LCSW, CASAC

    Eileen Butler, LCSW, CASAC Clinician

  • Eileen Dwyer, LCSW

    Eileen Dwyer, LCSW Clinician

  • Beth Schwartz, LCSW, CPGC

    Beth Schwartz, LCSW, CPGC Clinician

  • Ellen Reiner, LCSW, CASAC

    Ellen Reiner, LCSW, CASAC Clinician

  • Tracey Little, LSCW, CASAC

    Tracey Little, LSCW, CASAC Clinician

  • Lisa Blanchfield, LMHC

    Lisa Blanchfield, LMHC Clinician

  • Frances Magno, LMHC, CASAC-G

    Frances Magno, LMHC, CASAC-G Clinician

  • Jermaine Hill, LCSW

    Jermaine Hill, LCSW Clinician

  • Austria Martinez, LMHC

    Austria Martinez, LMHC Clinician

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