HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 23Issue 8March Marks Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Throughout March, the National Council on Problem Gambling (“NCPG”) will conduct its annual grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign to bring awareness to the general public along with healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling as well as the help that is available both locally and nationally. A full calendar of events and locations can be found on the NCPG website.

The State of Michigan also provides problem gambling resources to its citizens.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (“MDHHS”) maintains a 24-hour toll-free helpline if you or someone you know has a gambling problem. The helpline offers strictly confidential, counseling with trained professionals under contract with the MDHHS who coordinate the initial consultations, provide financial assistance information and oversee ongoing treatment of clients when necessary. The helpline can be reached at 1-800-270-7117.

Also helping combat problem gambling, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”), with assistance from Detroit’s commercial casinos, has developed a list of Disassociated Persons. According to the MGCB, participation in the Disassociated Persons Program is a completely voluntary lifetime pledge to never visit a Detroit casino.

 

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