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Region 5 Problem Gambling Awareness Team

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Problem Gambling Helpline

1-888-789-7777

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.

Gambling Expansion in CT

"Why does this matter?"

Easier access to gambling.

Increased advertising promoting gambling.

Increasing awareness about problem gambling and supports available.

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

Ways to Get Involved!

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

Gaming, Gambling and Youth

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Powered Up Courses

Keeping Video Gaming Healthy and Safe!

 

Take advantage of this free program for parents and youth.

Visit our YouTube channel to view the recording of our Powered Up Webinar.

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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.

Harm Reduction

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/

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

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Responsible Gambling Guides:

Fact Sheets for Downloading and Sharing

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More on College Students:

College Gambling Fact Sheet from CCPG

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Fact Sheet: Gambling and Women

Problem Gambling Resources

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Senales de Advertencia (Problem Gambling Warning Signs in Spanish)

Sinais de Alerta para Problems com (Warning Signs in Portuguese)

 

Fact Sheet:  Gambling and Substance Abuse from CCPG

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For more resources in Spanish, visit ccpg.org

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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. 

Our Partners

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