FOR RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING
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Lori Rugle, Ph.D Director of Problem Gambling Services
Primary Prevention Services Coordinator
ON PROBLEM GAMBLING:
Mary Drexler, M.S.W.
President & CEO
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
The mission of the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling is to serve as a combined leading resource for responsible gambling by offering information on guidelines for responsible gambling, warning signs of problem gambling, and available treatment services. Each partner contributes to the effort by offering its expertise and support to the program.
What The Partnership Does
The CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling has at its core, a commitment to provide information and education on problem and underage gambling to all who seek it.
To reach out to citizens, a wide variety of media have been used by the Partnership to help accomplish its goals:
A 30-second television piece created to encourage teenagers to talk about gambling issues. In this compelling piece, students remind that friends tell important things to each other, and the issue of speaking about gambling problems is one topic that friends should talk about. Created in conjunction with the students, faculty and parents of Masuk High School, Monroe, CT, it is being broadcast as a part of the CT Lottery's advertising rotation. It was debuted at a press conference on March 3, hosted by Senator Andrea Stillman, (D-Waterford). The PSA was a collaborative Partnership effort funded in entirety by the CT Lottery. Special thanks to the VT Council on Problem Gambling for use of their original concept.
2008 - Public Service Campaign: "Family Dinner."
A 30-second television piece to raise awareness of the impact gambling can have on family life. Focusing on the help and assistance that is available to family members of problem gamblers, it encourages viewers to help themselves find understanding and guidance in dealing with the gambling problem of a family member. This PSA was a collaborative Partnership effort funded in entirety by the CT Lottery, and is currently included in the Lottery's advertising rotation.
2006 - Public Service Campaign: "New Home."
A 30-second television piece to raise awareness of women's gambling issues. Focusing on the positive impact reaching out for help can provide, viewers are reminded that gambling addiction does not need to be handled alone. "There's help and hope," sends a powerful message of recovery to viewers. This PSA was a collaborative Partnership effort, and is currently included in the Lottery's advertising rotation. "New Home" was cited by the National Council on Problem Gambling as its 2006 "Electronic Media" award winner.
2004 - Public Service Campaign: "Hard Call."
A 30-second radio piece featured UConn Huskies Coach, Jim Calhoun, to remind parents and adults of the need to be involved in helping youth to avoid gambling addition issues. This PSA was a collaborative Partnership effort.
2004 - Consumer Education: "There's Help and Hope."
In collaboration with the CT Women's Problem Gambling Project, a pocket-card reference guide to gambling addiction services was created and funded by the CT Lottery. The card was created to raise awareness of service providers statewide.
2003 - Public Service Campaign: "The Big Game."
A 30-second television announcement created to heighten awareness of teenage gambling issues. Parents viewing the piece are reminded to talk with teenage children about gambling. This PSA was a collaborative Partnership effort, and is currently included in the Lottery's advertising rotation.
2003 - Gambling Information Brochure:
"Be a winner. How to get help when gambling
isn't just for fun."
An informational tri-panel brochure for adults, underage gamblers, and those affected by gambling issues. Distributed at 2,800 lottery retail locations, as well as at DMHAS offices and the CCPG.
2000 - Underage Gambling Handout:
"What are the odds your underage teen is gambling?"
A single-panel handout listing questions to help spot a teenage gambling problem, and resources for getting help. Distributed at all Lottery retail locations, DMHAS offices and the CCPG.
1999 - Problem Gambling Handout:
"Play your game but know your limits."
A single-panel handout with questions and information intended to increase the public's awareness of possible gambling issues and their warning signs. Distributed at Lottery retail locations, DMHAS offices and the CCPG.
1999 & 2003 - Posters:
"18 or older."
Mini-posters that must be displayed at all times by Lottery retailers. Signs remind purchasers that they must be at least 18 years old to purchase Lottery tickets.
1999 - Public Service Campaign:
"Everything in Moderation."
A 30-second television piece and a 60-second radio announcement were created to encourage consumers to keep purchasing habits in perspective. The pieces remind that "Everything in Moderation" is important. These PSA's were a collaborative Partnership effort, and were broadcast for three years, as part of the Lottery's advertising rotation.
As part of its on-going efforts to balance revenue raising goals with social responsibility, in 1999, the CT Lottery teamed up with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to form the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling -- an alliance dedicated to promoting responsible gambling.
This statewide awareness program -- the first of its kind in Connecticut -- serves as a leading resource for information and education on problem and underage gambling for all Connecticut residents.
The Partnership collaborates on programs and publications and offers information on guidelines for responsible gambling, warning signs of problem gambling, and available referral options.
NEWS & EVENTS
2012 CCPG Conference
October 25, 2012
|How Each Partner Contributes To The Group|
The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) is a private, nonprofit agency which provides a variety of programs to forward the council's mission of preventing and reducing problem gambling.
The Council operates a Problem Gambling Helpline which is free, confidential and available 24 hours. The Helpline is the primary channel through which problem gamblers and those affected by the gambling are referred to state sponsored gambling treatment and Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon.
In addition to its expertise in public awareness and prevention programs, the Council contributes to the Partnership the inclusion of its 1-800-346-6238 Helpline number on all materials produced by the Partnership.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Problem Gambling Services plays an important role in the Partnership by offering a variety of services including treatment, prevention and advocacy. In 1982, DMHAS established the nation's second publicly funded treatment program for problem gamblers and their families. Today, DMHAS supports a network of treatment programs at 16 sites throughout CT. At these locations, problem gamblers and their family members receive state of the art treatment services to help them regain control and direction in their lives. Services are often available at little or no cost, and ability to pay is never a barrier to receiving help.
DMHAS's primary contributions to the Partnership result from both its expertise on problem gamblers and its commitment to reducing the impact of problem gambling in CT.
The CT Lottery provides creative development, a vast distribution network, and the financial support needed to all Partnership initiatives.
According to a 1996 Division of Special Revenue sponsored study on the impact of legalized gambling, the current adult addiction rate for probable pathological gamblers in CT is 0.6% (15,000 people). The study also reported that an additional 2.2% (which would translate to 55,000 people) had during the prior year experienced difficulties with gambling at a level that some researchers would classify as "problem gambling." The CT Lottery feels it has an obligation to provide citizens with information on guidelines for responsible gambling, warning signs of problem gambling and available treatment services.
By educating individuals on the warning signs of problem gambling and the services available for problem gamblers and their families, the CT Lottery plays a part in combating problem and underage gambling.
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