The Iowa Gambling Treatment and Prevention Program (IGTP)
The Office of Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention works to reduce the harm caused by problem gambling by funding a range of services for Iowans. These services include: outpatient counseling for problem gamblers, concerned persons and family, housing services for problem gamblers in treatment and with no other housing options, financial counseling including budgeting and debt reduction plans and a state-wide help line that provides information and referral services. In addition, the program funds prevention and education services for schools, community groups, casino employees, and other at-risk groups.
Responsible Gaming Education Week-August 3-7
Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) was created by the AGA in 1998 to increase awareness of problem gambling among gaming industry employees and customers and to promote responsible gaming nationwide. Find ideas for events and programs on the American Gaming Assocation Website.
National Problem Gambling Awareness Month Of March
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is pleased to present the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (NPGAM) campaign, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign. The goal of this campaign is to educate the general public, and health care professinals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help that is available both locally and nationally. [Theme: Have the Conversation] See suggestions for Iowa's National Problem Gambling Awareness Week on their website www.ncpgambling.org
Problem Gambling Resources in iowa
NCPG website listing assessment tools and additional resources
Download the 2016 NPGAM Guide
The NPGAM Committee created this guide as a tool for planning your activities during the month.
Online Website Resources
- Iowa Gambling Treatment Program (1-800-BETS OFF): Information and referral, fact sheets, Iowa research reports, statistics. Why people gamble, how gambling affects others, the warning signs of gambling. Operates 1-800-BETS-OFF, a statewide help line.
- Iowa State Approved Treatment Providers: Search the 1-800-BETS-OFF problem gambling treatment provider locator to find a treatment provider near you, or call 1-800-BETS OFF (1-800-238-7633).
- Problem Gambling Toolkit: Provides basic information on screening, assessment, referral, and treatment for problem gambling to substance abuse counselors, mental health therapists, primary care physicians, and social workers. Discusses financial issues and strategies.
- Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2015 Survey of Adult Iowans report
IDPH has released a new study on gambling among Iowa adults.
- Internet Responsible Gambling Standards: National Council on Problem Gambling.
- Wanna Bet: A Cool Magazine for Kids Concerned about Gambling: An interactive by-kids for-kids gambling prevention site.
- Youth Gambling International: From McGill Univerity. YGI is committed to understanding and addressing youth risk-taking behavior by actively engaging in research, training, service, treatment, prevention, information dissemination and policy development.
- Know your Limit: Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling's teen website – designed for and by teens interested in learning more about preventing or dealing with gambling problems.
- National Center for Responsible Gambling: The National Center for Responsible Gaming is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding research that helps increase understanding of pathological and youth gambling and find effective methods of treatment for the disorder
- Gamblers Anonymous: List of GA meetings in Iowa
- Gam-Anon - for the spouse, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers
- Statewide Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program - allows a person to sign one form and not be allowed at any Iowa licensed casino. Download "Iowa Statewide and lifetime self-exclusion form."
- 20-question survey from Gambler's Anonymous -identifies compulsive gambling behaviors.
- 20-question survey from Gam-Anon - Are you living with a compulsive gambler?
- Problem Gambling Screening Tools - Lie-Bet Tool, South Oaks Gambling Screen, NORC DSM Screen for Gambling Problems
- Articles from the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
Apps to use 'freemium' model, aim for young players amid daily fantasy stumbles
- Seniors and Gambling - from the Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling
- Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: Survey of Adult Iowans IDPH sponsored study
- Gambling and co-occurring health compromising behaviors among past and present military and those in domestic partnerships with service members Georgia State University 2010
- National Study on Collegiate Sports Wagering and Associated Behaviors - NCAAA Gambling study reveals sports wagering a threat to collegiate athletics
- Internet Gambling and Addiction 2004 research report from Harvard Medical School, Division on Addictions.
- Easy Money: A Report on America's Booming Gambling Industry and its Economic and Political Clout - From the PBS Program, Frontline. Discussions such as, "What are the odds against you?" "Gambling: Pros and Cons." Facts and statistics, interviews with gambling pros, industry leaders, and opponents, and a history of gambling in the U.S.
- National Gambling Impact Study Commission - Final Report
- 1998 Montana Gambling Study, March 2004 - Video gambling machines proliferated across the state during the 1990's, transforming most restaurants and pubs with liquor licenses into "casinos." The transformation also decorated the state's main streets with pawn shops and more than doubled the gambling addiction rate in the state. The study reviews tax revenues, problem gambling and crime.
Online Library on Problem Gambling - from Responsible Gambling Council
Pathological Gambling: A Critical Review (1999) - read full-text of monograph online
Gambling in California - informative chapters on "Gambling in the U.S.", "History of Gambling in the U.S.", "Why Do People Gamble?", "Economic Impact of Gambling", and more.