DMHAS: Problem Gambling Prevention


Problem Gambling Prevention
At Problem Gambling Services, we seek to protect vulnerable groups from gambling-related harm and work to foster and promote personal and social responsibility in all populations. We do this by:
  • Working with the Regional Action Councils (RACs) to increase the capacity of local community-based groups to provide information and awareness on problem gambling through schools, faith-based communities, civic organizations, substance abuse prevention and positive youth development programs. 
  • Providing education, training, and consultation to providers and leadership of mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities, senior care groups, school counselors, teachers and administrators, parents and coaches. 
  • Providing training, mentoring, and support to mental health and substance abuse counselors to become certified in Problem Gambling.  There are three levels of certification offered through the Connecticut Certification Board and in partnership with the International Problem Gambling Counselor Certification Board.   
Additional Problem Gambling Prevention Links:

For more information on Problem Gambling Services Prevention Services contact: 

Susan D. McLaughlin, Primary Prevention Services Coordinator

(PH) 860-262-5983


Three of our Prevention Programs with contact information:   

Congregation Assistance Program (CAP)

Selected individuals from a congregation are trained to be resources for the congregation on mental and behavioral health issues and concerns, and healthy lifestyles. Education, Outreach, Referral components, annual conference.

Contact: Marlene McGann

MAWSAC (Meriden and Wallingford Substance Abuse Council)

(PH) 203-294-3591


“Taking Charge”

Multi-session group curriculum addressing risk behaviors, problem solving, risk reduction and healthy decision making for middle and high school-aged youth. 

Contact: Ingrid Gillespie

Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council

(PH) 203-356-1980, X7914


“GAMES” (Gambling Awareness in Monroe through Educating our Students) Comprehensive, community-based, multiple strategy/multiple population prevention program.

Contact: Jan Laster, Email:

RYASAP (Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership)

(PH) 203-579-2727, X310

And visit GAMES’s website: 

For further information on our Prevention Services, visit:

Choose the Right Path, a comprehensive view of our current research, programs, and resources, along with how to infuse gambling information in programs on addictions and mental health.


Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, a private non-profit organization for statewide awareness and advocacy, runs Problem Gambling Helpline.

National Council on Problem Gambling with links to other states and resources.


Connecticut Prevention Network for information on your local Regional Action Councils.


Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors, Canada’s McGill University International research, prevention programs and media resources.


Gamblers Anonymous, the 12 Step Program for gamblers with listing of meetings throughout Connecticut.


Gam-Anon, the 12 Step Program for family members and other loved ones of problem gamblers with listing of meetings throughout Connecticut.

Links to Multilingual Resources:

Get Gambling Facts, multilingual problem gambling information, click on the language you prefer to get comprehensive gambling-related information.



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