Western PGRC

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What’s New:

For the Western PGRC, 2020 brought one thing into focus: Connection. The relationships that have grown over the last year have been an accurate depiction of what makes Western NY so special. 

Connecting people being negatively impacted by problem gambling to the help they need has continued. Gambling problems were not put on pause – people have continued to struggle with existing or newly developed gambling problems. Care was available because of the Western Clinical Network. The men and women who have dedicated their practices to helping our clients and families rose to this year’s challenges by offering additional availability and transitioning to tele-health services. Their dedication has been a comfort and assurance to struggling clients, and this program could not have been sustained without them. 

Every person who has met with our staff, attended training, or joined our recent Community Conversation on Problem Gambling have all been integral in raising awareness of problem gambling in our region. Not only have we been able to share our information with a variety of people and organizations, but they have shared valuable insight into how we can best complement the other work being done for our communities in a multi-faceted approach to health, safety, and wellness.  

No matter what piece of the puzzle you were, thank you for connecting with us in 2020. Western NY is our home, and we are proud to work alongside all of you to make it better and brighter in 2021. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year! 

If your organization would like to host a virtual Problem Gambling Training event, contact us today at jwierzbicki@nyproblemgambling.org!



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

The Western 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 Western PGRC is truly the premier center for providing problem gambling services in the western New York region.

Western PGRC Team

  • Jeffrey Wierzbicki Team Leader

  • Angela DiRosa Program Manager

  • M. Erin Koprevich LCSW-R - Grand Island & North Tonawanda

  • Lisa C. Sherwood LCSW-R - Newfane

  • Janelle Pysz LMHC - Lewiston

  • Daniel J. Ort LMHC- Buffalo

  • Charles L. Fowler LCSW-R CASAC-G - Buffalo

  • Bernard A. Huber LCSW - Niagara Falls

  • Adam Giancarlo LCSW - Amherst

  • Kris Sokolofsky LCSW - Alden

  • Stephanie Wesner LMHC, CASAC - Hamburg

  • Lisa Mann LMHC, CASAC-2 - Angola & Orchard Park

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