Governor Lamont Issues Proclamation Declaring Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Gonnecticut

CT Council on Problem Gambling to Conduct Statewide Awareness and Education Events During March
WETHERSFIELD, CT (March 01, 2021) – Governor Ned Lamont has issued a proclamation declaring that March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month in the State of Connecticut. Problem and Disordered Gambling is a public health issue that affects thousands of Connecticut adults and impacts the lives of their loved ones. It is estimated that approximately 70,000 Connecticut adults meet the clinical criteria for gambling disorder, and an additional 285,000 are at risk of developing a problem in their lifetime.
Problem Gambling Awareness Month is designed to increase public awareness of problem gambling, the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery resources, and to encourage healthcare providers to screen clients for problem gambling. This grassroots campaign brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG), treatment providers, the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos, the Connecticut Lottery, and Sportech. 
CCPG will be hosting 2 FREE webinars, a PGAM Kickoff Event and Clinical Ju-Jitsu featuring Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA and Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC. We will also have a statewide calendar of other events designed for PGAM on our website.” said Executive Director Diana Goode. “We hope these events will start important conversations about problem gambling issues and direct people to the help they may need.”
About the CCPG:
The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) does not advocate for or against gambling but is committed to working with all stakeholders to help individuals and families struggling with problem gambling, as well as persons affected.
CCPG provides Connecticut’s only 24-hour Problem Gambling Helpline, offering support via phone, live online chat, and text. CCPG also implements prevention and education programs serving students, veterans, and other at-risk populations.