Growth Of Councils On Problem Gambling

To meet the challenges of problem gambling, which have increased with the growth of gambling in the last quarter of the twentieth century, councils on problem gambling have been created in the United States and Canada. As spiritual advisor to Gamblers Anonymous, Monsignor Joseph Dunne, along with recovering compulsive gamblers and family members, founded the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in 1972. Connecticut became the first state affiliate of the NCPG in 1980 and by 2000 there were thirty-four state affiliate councils. The NCPG was the first professional organization to educate the public about compulsive gambling as a serious public health problem and to advocate for treatment services. Other major priorities of the NCPG and its affiliates include the following: sponsoring helplines, conducting prevention programs, training human services person nel, conducting surveys on problem gambling, and collaborating with a variety of relevant organizations, including the public and private gaming industry.

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