About The New York Council on Problem Gambling
The New York Council on Problem Gambling is a not-for-profit independent corporation dedicated to increasing public awareness about problem and disordered gambling and advocating for support services and treatment for persons adversely affected by problem gambling. NYCPG maintains a neutral stance on gambling and is governed by a Board of Directors.
In 1972, the Board of Trustees of Gamblers Anonymous in the New York City area requested their Spiritual Advisor, Monsignor Dunne, establish a Council on Problem Gambling to do what they could not do because of anonymity- call national attention and raise awareness of problem gambling in the United States. The National Council on Problem Gambling was founded at that time and in 1975, was chartered as a nonprofit organization.
Initially organized by an alliance of health professionals and recovering gamblers, the National Council benefited from the work of pioneers such as Dr. Robert Custer and Monsignor Joseph Dunne of New York. Until the National Council decided to relocate its headquarters to Washington, D.C., the National Council and NYCPG were in essence one and the same. In fact, money was provided by the New York State Office of Mental Health to maintain the National Council on Problem Gambling Helpline. NYCPG was formally incorporated in 1994.
Today, NYCPG is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and works with various organizations, stakeholders and government entities to:
- Produce and disseminate information leading to increased recognition, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.
- Conduct and publicly support research activities to establish and document areas of need.
- Provide training tools to healthcare and other professionals for the purpose of assessing and treating persons with gambling-related problems.
- Foster expanded and improved services for residents adversely affected by gambling.
- Assist industry and business leaders in developing customer- and employee-based problem gambling awareness programs.
- Conduct workshops and conferences.
NYCPG strives to meet the ongoing and evolving need to address problem gambling in NYS as gambling and the associated problems continue to expand in various forms throughout the state.
Board of Directors
- Steve Block, CPGC, NCGC-II President
51 Stanley Circle
Staten Island, NY 10308
- Ike Dweck, CASAC, CPGC 1st Vice President, Treasurer
PO Box 230035
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Phone: 866-569-7233 ext. 315
- Edelgard Wulfert, Ph.D 2nd Vice President
SUNY Albany AS 217
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
- Gloria Block, MS Ed Secretary
51 Stanley Circle
Staten Island, NY 10308
- Tony Bellanca Towanda Terrace
410 Main Street, Apt 211
Towanda, PA 18848
- Joseph Barbera 1506 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804
- Maureen Corbett, MS 801 Fifth Street
Watervliet, NY 12189
- Cheryl L. Hecht, LCSW, MPH 606 Johnson Ave, Suite 12
Bohemia, NY 11716
- Mara Mendicino 4 Dylan Court
Nanuet, NY 10954
- Mayumi Okuda Benavides Columbia University Medical Center
710 W 168th Street, 12 Floor
New York, NY 10032
- Michael Slavett, LCSW Department of Veterans Affairs - HCHV Program
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
- Cesar A. Sosa, CASAC-G 89-03 104th Street #2C
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
Contact the New York Council on Problem Gambling
Interested in speaking to NYCPG about how you can raise awareness of problem gambling in your community through speeches or stories? Or are you a problem gambler in need of support? Contact us for more information or help.
New York Council on Problem Gambling
100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 104
Albany, NY 12203
For press inquiries or administrative questions, contact:
Jim Maney: JManey@NYProblemGambling.org
For training center inquiries, contact:
Mariangela Milea: MMilea@NYProblemGambling.org
For gaming industry relations, contact:
Michelle Hadden: MHadden@NYProblemGambling.org
For prevention, outreach and education, contact:
Jaime Costello: JCostello@NYProblemGambling.org
For treatment and recovery, contact:
Rachel Lauria: RLauria@NYProblemGambling.org