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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         
NOVEMBER 1, 2021 

Albany, NY, November 1, 2021 – StrongerThanYouThinkNY is the message the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is releasing to NYers today, in an effort to raise awareness about problem gambling.  The People, Purpose, Passion: Pathway to Success campaign debuts today on various media platforms, encouraging NYers to show their support for problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery.  The campaign aims to inspire individuals, families, professionals and advocates across NYS to take action in finding their own pathway to success and to become partners with NYCPG.  The multifaceted campaign encourages:

  • individuals and families to reach out for information and support
  • professionals to be aware and trained to address the issue, and
  • legislators and advocates to take the time to understand the impact problem gambling has on their communities and constituents.

If you are inclined to find YOUR pathway to success visit the campaign website, you’ll be greeted with what’s been described by a NYCPG’s partner as a “positive and inviting feel, that demonstrates the Council’s ongoing commitment to education, professionalism and passion”.

Council Executive Director, Jim Maney, shared, “through this campaign we are promoting the collective power we all have, and will NEED, to address problem gambling in the state of NY.  With mobile sports betting arriving here in less than 3 months, we must let everyone know there is hope and help if they are struggling.”

Last week the campaign was unveiled at the Council’s 2021 Annual Statewide Problem Gambling Conference, to over 400 professionals and recovery advocates who are already dedicated to learning more about addressing this important issue.  These professionals will be the first to show their support for the cause and for the Council’s efforts by doing the following:

  • downloading the Partner Seal to show support on their website or social media pages
  • sharing their story of problem gambling, recovery or advocacy
  • taking action to educate others by sharing the campaign site

“We all have a role to play in combating problem gambling”, said NYCPG Assistant Executive Director of Program, Michelle Hadden, “while we are neither for nor against gambling, we are against the problems that come with it.  Shame and stigma only continue if we stay quiet, this disorder is impacting hundreds of thousands in NYS and yet remains hidden.  Join us in the coming months to raise awareness and show your support for bringing the realities of this addiction to the forefront.”

For more information on the People, Purpose, Passion campaign or to chat with someone immediately for help, please visit


Problem Gambling Screening

Be sure to sign up for your screening event! We want to be able to promote your screening event. Screening for problem gambling is so important because it could be the very first step to someone’s path of recovery. Are you screening for problem gambling?

NYCPG is encouraging everyone to screen people for problem gambling. There are many brief screening tools available. Visit the NYCPG website for screening tools, materials, and tips. Did I mention these are brief screens? If you’re not able to provide treatment or resources for someone who screens positive, that’s okay, you can refer them to the Problem Gambling Resource Center in your area!

If you have a website or social media pages, feel free to share our eScreener link so people can do a self-assessment.


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

The Brooklyn Problem Gambling Resource Center 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 Brooklyn PGRC is truly the premier center for providing problem gambling services in Brooklyn, NY.


Brooklyn PGRC Team

  • Maylene Thurton

    Maylene Thurton Team Leader

  • Shawna Black

    Shawna Black Program Manager

  • Deborah Lavaud

    Deborah Lavaud Program Manager

  • Latasha Forbes, LCSW

    Latasha Forbes, LCSW Clinician

  • Laura Rinck, LCSW

    Laura Rinck, LCSW Clinician

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