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Region 5 Problem Gambling Awareness Team

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.

Please join our team as we work towards our mission of:

- Raising awareness about the risks associated with gambling
- Educating stakeholders about disordered gambling and current trends (gaming, sports betting, etc.)
- Promoting local resources to help those in need

Region 5 consists of the 43 towns within the greater Danbury, greater Waterbury and greater Torrington areas. 

Meetings are held 2:00-3:30PM on Zoom 

October  4, 2023
December 6, 2023
February 7, 2024
April 3, 2024
June 5, 2024

To join our team or to access help with resources, e-mail mmcgee@wctcoalition.org

"Why does this matter?"

Easier access to gambling.

Increased advertising promoting gambling.

Increasing awareness about problem gambling and supports available.

Problem Gambling Helpline

1-888-789-7777

Financial Literacy

The Region 5 Problem Gambling Awareness Team has identified Financial Literacy as a protective factor for problem gambling. 

Our August 2022 newsletter provided information on this topic.  Click here to read more and to connect to resources you can share in your community!

Financial education is more than dollars and cents. It’s about establishing better spending habits, instilling confidence, and equipping the next generation with the

real-world skills to manage financial goals and milestones.

EVERFI’s online financial education curriculum, training, and support are completely free to K-12 educators.  Click here to learn more.

Useful Finance Help Links

America Saves – tips on saving money

Mint – personal finance app

Nerdwallet – budget spreadsheet

Rocket Money- personal finance and budgeting

Harm Reduction

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

 

Download the Responsible Gambling Brochure

Also in Spanish

Proceso de Autoexclusion Voluntaria en Connecticut

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.Book the new Resource Van for your next event! https://responsibleplayct.org/

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Problem Gambling Resources

                                       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

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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. 

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