Current estimates suggest that three percent of the adult population will experience a serious problem with gambling that will result in significant debt, family disruption, job losses, criminal activity or suicide. Pathological gambling affects the gamblers, their families, their employers and the community. As the gamblers go through the phases of their addiction, they spend less time with their family and spend more of their family’s money on gambling until their bank accounts are depleted. Then they may steal money from family members. At work, the pathological gambler may misuse time in order to gamble, has difficulty concentrating and finishing projects and may engage in embezzlement, employee theft or other illegal activities.
Legalized gambling is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Gambling’s tremendous popularity is evident in the recent increase in the number of off-track-betting parlors (OTBs) and riverboat casinos. Billboards on major highways depict the action and excitement available at such facilities. For most of the industry’s patrons, gambling is fun and a form of harmless entertainment. For the four to six percent of gamblers who become problem or pathological (compulsive) gamblers, however, it can be a devastating illness that negatively affects every aspect of their lives.
Mini-grant Funding Opportunity
The Council on Chemical Abuse Problem Gambling Outreach mini-grant program is intended to facilitate a means by which individuals and agencies can educate their local community on issues related to problem and compulsive gambling. The Council on Chemical Abuse, through Problem Gambling Prevention funding received from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, has allocated $15,000 to support mini-grant initiatives for FY13/14. An applicant can apply for one or more grants per fiscal year up to a total of $5,000.
The primary objectives of the Problem Gambling Outreach mini-grant program are to establish and enhance collaborative relationships and increase awareness and knowledge in the area of problem and compulsive gambling; work collaboratively on system-wide efforts to increase referral and engagement into treatment for problem gambling; and implement activities directed toward changing individual and community norms regarding problem gambling behaviors.
The Council on Chemical Abuse will hold a technical assistance workshop on this mini-grant program on Thursday October 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in its office at 601 Penn Street, Suite 600, Reading, PA
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