New Statewide Problem Gambling Awareness Campaign Launches!

March 6th, 2013

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The New York Council on Problem Gambling Launches KnowTheOdds Campaign for New Yorkers

Launch coincides with National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, seeks greater engagement between problem gamblers and resources

ALBANY, N.Y. – March 6, 2013 – The New York Council on Problem Gambling, a not-for-profit independent corporation dedicated to increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling, announces today that it has launched a new site – KnowTheOdds.org – as part of a greater campaign surrounding public awareness and resources for problem gambling.

Launching during National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, the KnowTheOdds campaign is designed to create further dialogue between those New Yorkers adversely affected by gambling and those advocating for support and treatment. By expanding on the current channels available for problematic gamblers, KnowTheOdds is designed to introduce a new audience to the warning signs that would depict problem gambling.

New resources available for problem and compulsive gambling includes:

  • KnowTheOdds.org – a website that incorporates statistics, links to resources, and videos that can be shared via social networks.
  • Twitter (@KnowTheOdds) and Facebook profiles.
  • Online videos and e-books – sharable items that look to create new conversations among all ages.
  • Ongoing radio and television public service announcements.

“Each one of these new resources helps move the dialogue forward for those seeking support and in understanding that they are not alone,” said James Maney, executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling. “KnowTheOdds reaches those individuals that we have always sought to offer a supporting hand. This is yet another strong step for creating an environment that decreases the stigma regarding problem gambling and encourages an honest and open discussion regarding problem gambling related issues.”

The launch of KnowTheOdds by the New York Council on Problem Gambling is the first step of a new, yearlong campaign set to address those problem and compulsive gamblers. The Council maintains a neutral stance on gambling and is governed by a Board of Directors.

 About the New York Council on Problem Gambling

The New York Council on Problem Gambling is a not-for-profit dedicated to increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling. Serving as a resource to all New Yorkers seeking more information on assistance for problematic gamblers, the Council represents a new opportunity for those seeking help.

 For more information, please visit www.knowtheodds.org, or call the New York State HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY. (1-877-846-7369)

 

 

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National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference

October 19th, 2012

Title: National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference
Location: Seattle, WA
Link out: Click here
Description: Please visit the webiste for more information.
Start Date: 2013-07-19
End Date: 2013-07-20

2013 National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference

October 19th, 2012

Title: 2013 National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference
Location: Seattle, Washington
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2013-07-19
End Date: 2013-07-20

2013 National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference

October 19th, 2012

Title: 2013 National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference
Location: Seattle, Washington
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2013-07-19
End Date: 2013-07-20

Problem Gambling: Is it all about fantasy?

October 19th, 2012

Title: Problem Gambling: Is it all about fantasy?
Location: Distance Learning
Description: Contact Brian Reilly at Prarielands ATTC at
319-335-5368

Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2012-10-24
End Time: 13:00

New York Council on Problem Gambling

May 25th, 2012

NEW PROBLEM GAMBLING RESEARACH UNDERSCORES NEED FOR DEDICATED FUNDING

April 4th, 2011

With the recent release of a new study conducted by the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions, the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is once again urging New York State lawmakers to consider enacting a dedicated problem gambling funding stream.

John Welte, national expert on alcohol and gambling pathology, published findings of this research in the Journal of Gambling Studies. These findings show that after age 21, problem gambling is considerably more common among U.S. adults than alcohol dependence. They also reveal that gambling, frequent gambling and problem gambling increase in frequency during the teen years, and reach their highest levels in the 20s and 30s. Moreover, the University at Buffalo’s research shows that gambling is twice as great among men (28 percent) as among women (13 percent) with men reaching their highest rates during their late teens. And, notes that Americans are using gambling as a way to make money.

  “This research clearly demonstrates that increased prevention, treatment and recovery efforts are needed,” said James Maney, NYCPG Executive Director.

 “Approximately, one million New Yorkers have a gambling problem. In 2010-2011, state-sponsored gambling generated approximately $3.1 billion in revenues for New York,” said Maney. “That means $205 lost for every adult. We appeal to New York State Lawmakers to provide at least one-half of one percent of these gambling revenues, that’s about 79 cents for each New Yorker.”

Maney concluded, “New York is the only state without dedicated funding from gambling revenues for problem gambling services. Dedicated funding for problem gambling prevention, treatment, education, research and recovery is critical in mitigating these alarming statistics. It is vital that New York lawmakers lead the way in assisting individuals that have been adversely impacted by problem gambling.”

 If you are the friend or family member of someone in need of a problem gambling addiction services, please call the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day a week HOPEline, 1-877-8-HOPENY.

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State And Local Leaders Urge New Yorkers To Prevent Underage Gambling

September 14th, 2010

First of its Kind Collaboration Launches Safe Start for Saratoga Track Season

With one week to go before the kickoff of the Saratoga Racing meet, state and local leaders today reminded New Yorkers about their responsibility to prevent access to gambling for youth under the age of 18. This public collaboration is a first of its kind, bringing together the gaming industry, state and local agencies, and prevention service providers to highlight the efforts for the prevention of underage gambling and to spread the message that gambling is a risky behavior for youth.

Gambling problems are significant among the youth in New York state, according to state officials. A 2008 school survey conducted by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) found that 48 percent of students in grades 7-12 had gambled within the past year. In Saratoga County, 49 percent of youth in grades 7-12 have gambled in the past year. In a previous study conducted by OASAS in 2006, 10 percent of youth had problems with gambling and another 10 percent were at risk for developing a problem. Males were four times as likely as females to experience a problem.

Gathered today to discuss their prevention efforts were: Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo, OASAS Commissioner; Stacy Harvey, Assistant Counsel, State Racing and Wagering Board; Jim Murphy, Saratoga County District Attorney; Jim Maney, Executive Director, New York Council on Problem Gambling; Heather Kisselback, Executive Director, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council of Saratoga County; and Charles Wheeler, Facilities Manager of the Saratoga Race Course, NY Racing Association.
OASAS Commissioner Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo said, “One million New Yorkers suffer from a gambling problem including 10 percent of New York’s youth in grades 7-12. Public awareness and prevention are the first steps to keeping our youth safe from the consequences associated with problem gambling. I am pleased to be part of this partnership – working together we can spread the message to all New Yorkers that underage gambling is illegal in New York and we all have an obligation to help our youth make sound healthy choices.”
New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini said, “We know from surveys that many underage persons are introduced to gambling by parents or an adult close to them. The Racing and Wagering Board stands ready to work closely with those in the treatment and prevention communities to discourage unauthorized gambling by teenagers who are too young to make rational choices regarding the risks associated with these activities. I commend James Maney and his staff at the New York Council on Problem Gambling and the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services for their efforts to heighten public awareness regarding underage gambling.”
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said, “I am pleased to join NYRA, OASAS, Racing and Wagering Board, New York Council on Problem Gambling and the Prevention Council to stop the incidence of underage gambling at the Saratoga Race Course. It’s important to educate our youth about how problem gambling can lead to personal and financial difficulties.”

The New York Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Jim Maney said, “I am pleased to bring about this public collaboration with a diverse representation of local and state leaders. By working together, we can ensure the appropriate steps are taken to reduce youth access to gambling and send a clear message that underage gambling is not acceptable in New York state.”

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council of Saratoga’s Executive Director Heather Kisselback said, “Gambling for anyone under the age of 18 is illegal. Introducing gambling to youth increases the likelihood that they will develop gambling-related problems at some point in their lifetime. The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council is excited to be working in collaboration with OASAS, New York Racing and Wagering, New York Council on Problem Gambling, NY Racing Association, and the Saratoga DA’s office in efforts to educate the community about underage gambling and to help the community mobilize around the issue of problem gambling in Saratoga County.

As part of the kickoff, a partnership luncheon was held at the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council of Saratoga County, 36 Phila Street in Saratoga, to launch these collaborative efforts for a safe and fun Saratoga Track season.

To further underage gambling prevention efforts around the state, OASAS oversees and funds 42 prevention providers which focus on implementing strategies to reduce underage gambling and educate families, schools and community members on the risks and consequences of problem gambling. The Racing and Wagering Board oversees legalized gaming activities and facilities to ensure they operate in full compliance with New York’s statues. The New York Council on Problem Gambling advocates for the enforcement of laws and the development of policies to reduce youth access to gambling. In addition, the NY Racing Association, which operates the three largest thoroughbred racetracks in New York, produced a poster this year that will be prominently displayed at the Saratoga Track to remind families that gambling under the age of 18 is illegal.
Gambling addiction affects individuals and their loved ones, but New Yorkers need to know that help and hope is available. Individuals can get help by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day a week HOPEline, 1-877-8-HOPENY, staffed by trained clinicians ready to answer questions, help refer loved ones to treatment and provide other vital resources to facilitate that first step into recovery.
Follow OASAS: www.twitter.com/nysoasas / Facebook profile: NYS OASAS / www.youtube.com/nysoasas

New York Council On Problem Gambling Response To Governor Paterson’s Proposed Lifting Of Problem Gambling Safeguards

September 14th, 2010

New York Council on Problem Gambling calls for 1 % of new gambling revenues.

Governor Paterson is proposing major changes of legalized gambling in New York to try and balance the state’s budget deficit. Changes of particular concern are:

  • Eliminate restrictions on the Quick Draw game related to the hours of operation, food sales, and the size of establishments – Consequence: New Yorkers will lose an additional $33 Million
  • Eliminate the restriction on the number of hours per day the Video Lottery Terminals may be operated – Consequence: New Yorkers will lose an additional $45 Million

Furthermore, Powerball revenue projections indicate that New Yorkers will lose $134 Million. Overall, this year’s budget projects that New Yorkers will lose $2.838 Billion.

In addition to these major changes in legalized gambling, funding for five additional problem gambling prevention programs that were previously deemed necessary has been eliminated.

With the expansion of operating hours for video lottery casinos and Quick Draw games, and the addition of multi-state lotteries, New York residents will now have more opportunities to gamble and unfortunately more opportunities to develop gambling problems.

On the same day as the Governor released his proposal to eliminate restrictions on Quick Draw and VLT hours of operation, a study was released by the University of Manitoba. According to the study, easy access to the VLT machines is to blame for the highest rate of problem gambling among women.

Recommendations in the study include:

  • Creating awareness campaigns specifically addressing problem gambling among women.
  • Developing prevention programs that help women self-manage their gambling behavior.

While the debate on how to balance New York State’s deficit continues, the outcome hinges on how the Legislature decides to balance the demand for revenue against the demands of the very public health issue of problem gambling. In pushing his proposed plan into the realm of the state budget, Governor Paterson is dangling before the Legislature the prospect of a large infusion of money without the proper safeguards for all New Yorkers in place. With the lifting of restriction, now is the time to increase, not decrease, the safeguards that protect New Yorkers. Especially when given that nearly 700,000 New Yorkers have experienced problem gambling. (2006 NYS OASAS Household Survey)

The New York Council on Problem Gambling calls for 1% ($2.94 Million) of all new gambling revenues to:

  • Restore the eliminated five problem gambling prevention programs – $300, 000
  • Add funding for the remaining 12 counties that do not have a problem gambling prevention program – $720,000
  • Develop and implement a public awareness campaign – $1.92 Million

Gambling Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorder and Women and Gambling Addiction

September 7th, 2010

Title: Gambling Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorder and Women and Gambling Addiction
Location: Ripa’s Restaurant, Lancaster, NY
Description: Joanna Franklin is currently the Director of Training and Resource Development for Trimeridian Inc.—Resources for Problem
Gambling. She is the winner of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey “Person of the Year” award. The
National Council on Problem Gambling Goldman Award for a lifetime of dedicated services, and the NCPG first
“Distinguished Service” Award for volunteer services.
Start Time: 8:00
Date: 2010-10-27
End Time: 16:00