Region 5 Problem Gambling Awareness Team
Problem Gambling Helpline
The Region 5 Problem Gambling Awareness Team consists of community stakeholders working toward raising awareness around disordered gambling and helping connect those in need to treatment. The team meets bi-monthly to review gambling trends and access to treatment.
We host gambling awareness trainings and webinars. Many of our team members have achieved the credentials for The Problem Gambling Certificate of Competency. There is also a Youth Peer Leadership component with an opportunity for regional youth groups to attend trainings and create a public service announcement with a problem gambling focus.
Our partners include DMHAS Problem Gambling Services, The CT Council on Problem Gambling and treatment providers MCCA, Help, Inc., and Apex Community Care.
To learn more about our PGAT, the youth project, or the Certificate of Competency, contact us. We welcome additional members to our team! Check out our quarterly newsletter here.
Public Act No. 21-23 (in effect 7/1/21)
What Drives Us
"Why does this matter?"
Easier access to gambling.
Increased advertising for gambling.
Increasing awareness of problem gambling to be able to be there for friends and family.
For help with resources, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Gaming, Gambling and Youth
Keeping Video Gaming Healthy and Balanced
Visit our YouTube channel to view the recording of our Powered Up Webinar.
State-wide Responsible Gambling Marketing Campaign
"Responsible Play- The CT Way!"
a unified effort of Connecticut’s key stakeholders in the gaming and problem gambling communities to increase awareness of responsible gaming initiatives.
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Download the Responsible Gambling Brochure
What is Self-Exclusion?
It is a harm-reduction tool which allows individuals the option to voluntarily exclude themselves from certain gambling activities.
To learn more, click here
Fact Sheets for Downloading and Sharing
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Fact Sheet: Gambling and Women
Fact Sheet: Gambling and Parkinson's Disease
Visit Brain Connections to download gambling handouts
Learn the facts about gaming, warning signs of problem gambling and gaming, and take a quiz if you are worried about your own risk or that of a friend or family member. https://ctgamblingandgaming.org/
Gamequitters is an educational resource. Learn about Skins, ESports betting, and how to recognize the signs of problem gaming or gambling.
Problem Gambling Resources
Senales de Advertencia (Problem Gambling Warning Signs in Spanish)
Sinais de Alerta para Problems com (Warning Signs in Portuguese)
Fact Sheet: Coping with Gambling Urges from CCPG
For more resources in Spanish, visit ccpg.org
MCCA has dedicated resources to treat those suffering from problem gambling with the Bettor Choice Gambling Program. This is an outpatient gambling specific treatment program funded by the State of Connecticut.
Outpatient Treatment for Problem Gambling Includes
individual, group, budget counseling for both gamblers and family members
psychiatric evaluation for both gamblers and family members
couples and family counseling
MCCA also provides short-term inpatient treatment for clients with a gambling problem at our McDonough House facility
For the complete listing of Bettor Choice Poviders statewide, click here
DMHAS Disordered Gambling Integration Initiative (DiGIn)
Our regional partners Apex Community Care and McCall Behavioral Health Network are working toward increasing the capacity of substance use disorder and mental health treatment/recovery programs to address gambling and problem gambling through enhanced screening, assessment, awareness, intervention, recovery and health promotion strategies.
Gamblers Anonymous is fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. Visit www.gamblersanonymous.org to locate a meeting near you.
Gam-Anon (www.gam-anon.org) is a self-help organization for the spouse, family or close friends of those with a gambling disorder.