Western Problem Gambling Resource Center PGRC

Western Problem Gambling Resource Center

Call today if you or a loved needs help to stop gambling.

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(716) 833-4274

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Click to see Angela DiRosa’s interview with Jacquie Walker on WIVB News 4

What’s New with the Western Problem Gambling Resource Center?

Visit here often to stay up-t0-date with us! We share important updates and exciting activities here because YOU can help raise awareness about problem gambling and assist people with a problem. We’re always looking for new partners to spread our message because many hands make light work. Our staff can share ways to educate your family, friends, and neighbors.

Recently, Angela DiRosa joined Jacquie Walker on WIVB News 4. She talked about the impact that Mobile Sports Betting (MSB) on Western New Yorkers, as well as problem gambling warning signs, and how to get help to stop gambling. As MSB rolls out, people need to know how it get help if it becomes a problem because it can happen to anyone, and quickly.

Western staff are excited to begin a partnership with Save the Michaels of the World. Save the Michaels is dedicated to raising awareness about prescription and other drug addictions. The affects of drugs, alcohol, and gambling are closely related. Therefore, everyone in recovery should be aware of services that can also help people stop gambling. We were impressed with the amazing work Save the Michaels does in WNY and beyond!

National Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is in November. EAP’s help people deal with personal or work-related problems that could impact themselves and their work. Partners, including Wende Correctional Facility, invited the Western PGRC in so staff could learn warnings signs and how to get help.

EMAIL US or call to learn more about how problem gambling might affect you, or how to stop gambling.



Join the New York Council on Problem Gambling on December 6, 2021 to show support for problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery.  This 30-minute live ZOOM event will briefly educate attendees, share advice, and call on all New Yorkers to take action.

Council Executive Director Jim Maney said, “More than ever before, we need to show our strength in numbers; we need to educate the public about what is coming; and we need to take action to ensure the consequences experienced by our legalized mobile sports betting predecessors are prevented and mitigated.”

Register for the event HERE

The Council will call on the State of New York to do more for those individuals and families struggling with the consequences of problem gambling. “Resources are inadequate at the current level,” said Assistant Executive Director of Program, Michelle Hadden. “The question from all of us should be why?  With billions of dollars in revenue coming from state sponsored gambling, why aren’t we providing adequately to prevent the problems and deal with the consequences?” In other words, there’s plenty of money coming in from this opportunity, and plenty can be used to reduce harm.

There are already hundreds registered for this event on December 6th from 12:30-1:00 PM EST, so register now! After the event, you will be well-equipped to share our message.

Visit StrongerThanYouThinkNY.org for more information or to chat with someone immediately for help.

About the Western Problem Gambling Resource Center:

The Western Problem Gambling Resource Center (PGRC) is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling. Funding comes from the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports.  The Western PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties by increasing public awareness and connecting anyone with services that can help them.

Our staff are dedicated to spreading our message so the lives of those harmed by problem gambling can improve. We help anyone struggling with a gambling problem, as well as their loved ones. We focus on supporting people and reducing barriers to getting help. The Western PGRC is truly the premier center for providing help to stop gambling in the Western New York region.

Western Problem Gambling Resource Center PGRC Team

  • Jeffrey Wierzbicki

    Jeffrey Wierzbicki Team Leader

  • Angela DiRosa

    Angela DiRosa Program Manager

  • M. Erin Koprevich, LCSW-R

    M. Erin Koprevich, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Lisa C. Sherwood, LCSW-R

    Lisa C. Sherwood, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Daniel J. Ort, LMHC

    Daniel J. Ort, LMHC Clinician

  • Charles L. Fowler, LCSW-R CASAC-G

    Charles L. Fowler, LCSW-R CASAC-G Clinician

  • Bernard A. Huber, LCSW

    Bernard A. Huber, LCSW Clinician

  • Adam Giancarlo, LCSW

    Adam Giancarlo, LCSW Clinician

  • Kris Sokolofsky, LCSW

    Kris Sokolofsky, LCSW Clinician

  • Stephanie Wesner, LMHC, CASAC

    Stephanie Wesner, LMHC, CASAC Clinician

  • Lisa Mann, LMHC, CASAC-2

    Lisa Mann, LMHC, CASAC-2 Clinician

  • Jakob Smidt, LCSW

    Jakob Smidt, LCSW Clinician

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