Northeast PGRC

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What’s New:

It’s hard to believe that our NE PGRC has been up and running for a full eight months already.  What an amazing experience we’ve had thus far.  Our mission is simple, we raise awareness about the issue of problem gambling, and we aim to connect people who struggle with gambling to treatment.  We are so fortunate to have so many partners across our Northeast region helping to support our mission.

As we continue to canvas our region, we are amazed at the wealth of community resources available for those struggling with gambling and other addictions.  Here are just a few that we’ve had the privilege of learning more about over the past couple of weeks.

Father David Haig from St. Luke’s on the Hill in Mechanicville met with our team and shared his story about starting the St. Luke’s Recovery Resource Center.  The Center was created in response to a need and offers guidance and support towards healing and recovery. We appreciate the partnership with St. Luke’s on the Hill to help those dealing with problem gambling and other addictions.

The Glens Falls Hospital Center for Recovery in Hudson Falls offers an array of outpatient services to adults and adolescents, including alcohol/substance abuse evaluations, individual and family counseling, group therapy, medication therapy, and vocational services.  Our team had the opportunity to meet with Susan McManus and the staff there to discuss the services available at their locations. We look forward to working with the Center for Recovery to provide support for those struggling with gambling and other addictions.

Rachel Marcey, the LGBT Outreach and Engagement Manager from Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, met with us to talk about the family planning and primary care services they offer in their 11-county region including Schenectady, Schoharie, Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Fulton, Montgomery, Oneida, Madison, Hamilton and Herkimer counties. We were excited to learn about how they include screenings for problem gambling into their assessments.  We thank them for supporting our cause.

Our Program Managers had the opportunity to meet with Jennifer Eslick from the Northern Rivers Mobile Crisis Unit to learn about the vast array of services they offer to those individuals and families in crisis. Their goal is to help prevent unnecessary hospitalization and emergency room visits by stabilizing the crisis in the most normalized, least-restrictive setting.  They also met with staff from Four Winds to learn about the services they can provide as well.  Four Winds provides inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment services for children, adolescents and adults.  We are thankful to talk about the connection between mental health and problem gambling with all these community leaders.

The NE PGRC has been welcomed by several agencies in the area to provide trainings and educational sessions to groups throughout the region.  We recently were invited to the Warren County Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Subcommittee meeting, the Saratoga County Probation Department, and the Intimate Partner Violence Task Force in Franklin County.

We continue to be thankful for the opportunity to learn more about the services available across our NE region and are grateful for the experiences and connections we’ve made by sharing our mission with people as well.  Together we can make a positive impact!



The Northeast PGRC is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling.  The Northeast PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling within the Northeastern New York region through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.

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

Northeast PGRC Team

  • Brandy Richards Team Leader

  • Amy McBride Program Manager

  • Robin Fetterman Program Manager

  • Adam O'Brien LMHC, CASAC - Chatham

  • Mabatho Lucia Matima LCSW - Valatie

  • Krystal Gleason LMHC - Glens Falls

  • Rivka Cilley LCSW - Saranac Lake

  • Joseph Mc Kay LCSW-R, CASAC - Glens Falls and Malta

  • Jessica Wright LMHC, CASAC - Albany

  • Richard Morey LCSW, CASAC - Ballston Spa

  • Helen Lynch LCSW-R - Albany, Schenectady & Saratoga

  • Howard Halligan CASAC, GLMHC - Delmar

  • Zach Forbes LCSW, PLLC - Latham

  • Timothy Crumley LMHC - Saratoga Springs

  • Mary Ann Badenoch LMHC - Ticonderoga

  • Valerie Ainsworth LCSW-R - West Chazy

  • Jackie Torrance LMHC - Wilmington

  • Diana Ashton LCSW - Troy

  • Elizabeth Iseman CASAC, LCSW - Delanson

  • Scott Heider LMSW - Glens Falls

  • Steven DiMarzo LMHC - Schenectady