Is Daily Fantasy Sports A Form Of Gambling? New Rutgers Study Seems To Imply It Is

That’s the conclusion one will come to after reviewing Rutgers Center For Gambling Studies‘ recent report: The Prevalence of Online and Land‐Based Gambling in New JerseyNower, L., Volberg, R.A. & Caler, K.R. (2017).

Of course, whether DFS sites like DraftKings and FanDuel are empirically or legally a form of gambling is a conversation for courts and state legislatures.

Online Registration for 31st National Conference is OPEN!

Online registration for NCPG's 2017 National Conference is now open! Click here to register. 

Co-hosted by the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, the 31st National Conference on Problem Gambling  will take place in Portland, Oregon this July. The theme for this year is Listening, Learning, Leading.  

Join us for Networking, Professional Development and Continuing Education – earn up to 30 CEUs in 4 days!  

Pre-Conference workshops will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, July 19-20 with Main Conference sessions on Friday and Saturday, July 21-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. Discounted hotel reservations can be made until our room block is full or Saturday, June 24th, at the latest. 

Choose from more than 100 Presenters featured in four Tracks – Treatment, Prevention, Responsible Gaming and Regulation, and Community and Recovery. Listen and Learn so that you can continue to Lead others in offering programs and services to help those experiencing gambling problems.

FREE Gambling Webinar

FREE Gambling Continuing Education

We are proud to continue our series of gambling training webinars at no cost. Our June training will be on gambling and older adults. Use the link below to register for the training.  Gambling and Older Adults, June 6th at 12 pmWe also offer free home study webinars. Visit our home study page to view available trainings. 

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Experience a Day in the Life of a Responsible Gambler

Try the interactive experience to connect with more Ohioans. The goal for Be The 95% was to create an interactive tool that allows users to engage in a digital world, acting as a character in a game-like environment, learning about responsible gambling behaviors, as well as the warning signs of a problem gambler. The goal is to create a new and engaging way to deliver the message of the campaign, while creating a tool that can be shared online with new audiences. 

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Have You Had the Conversation? March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

The following article was published in the recent Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services e-Update.

“After this hits, our problems will be solved!” said the gambler in a familiar refrain. Yet the vast majority of gamblers will play all their lives waiting to hit it big. Whether gambling online, in casinos, on lottery tickets or in the community bingo hall, it helps to keep gambling in perspective. Governor John R. Kasich has declared March 2017 as Ohio Problem Gambling Awareness Month to coincide with the national observance. 

Kicking off the month was the 2017 Ohio Problem Gambling Conference, March 2-3 at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center. Approximately 200 professionals came together to network and learn the latest in evidence-based practices in prevention, treatment and recovery from gambling disorder. 

To read more click here.

New Resources Featured in The Problem Gambling Community Toolkit

New Resources Featured in The Problem Gambling Community Toolkit

March is here and we are now ready to kickoff another year for Problem Gambling Awareness Month! Are you ready? To help you prepare, the Be The 95% campaign is now offering new resources to help advocate our mission for responsible gambling throughout the state of Ohio. Check out our community toolkit to access our new resources (password: 95percent).

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Advanced Disordered Gambling Trainings

OhioMHAS, in partnership with Ohio for Responsible Gambling, is pleased to announce that Dr. David Ledgerwood from Wayne State University will lead a pair of upcoming Advanced Disordered Gambling Trainings in Cleveland and Columbus. 

The trainings will provide six (6) CEU's for social workers, counselors, and gambling counselors as well as 6 RCH's for chemical dependency counselors. Prerequisite: Stages 1 and 2 or approved gambling counseling training.

Cost is $25, and breakfast and lunch are included.

Upon completing the training, participants will be aware of recent research on factors that influence the effectiveness of problem gambling treatment; will understand how co-occurring disorders, trauma, impulsivity and reward processing deficits negatively impact gambling treatment success, and will be able to incorporate treatment strategies that stress therapeutic alliances, as well as approaches that minimize the impact of psychopathology on treatment failure.

April 6 – Cleveland | Recovery Resources, 4269 Pearl Road
Register here

April 7 – Columbus | Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Rd. Building E, East Conference Room
Register here

Free Basic Disordered Gambling Classes

Bellevue University has teamed up with the Nebraska Council on Problem Gambling to develop this self-paced, online CEU offering.

 Upcoming Classes - March:

March 13: Basic Disordered Gambling for Judges, Attorneys & Probation Officers, 14 day online course, FREE! Course #LCCG_0110.  

March 13: Basic Disordered Gambling for Clergy, 14 day online course, FREE! Course #LCCG_0100.  

Although the classes are designed for the above professions, anyone who wants more knowledge is able to take them!  

The next 60-hour course offering starts April 3rd.

For more information on the courses available to you and a detailed class schedule please go to

To register for these classes and for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Education, please visit, or call (402)554-7812.

All classes approved by NAADAC and The National Council on Problem Gambling

Take Youth Recovery Support Network Survey

The Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is compiling data to help guide a newly forming youth recovery support network throughout the state of Ohio.  We are asking individuals ages 16-26 to complete a survey to help direct this program.  The intent of this survey and program is to better assure that youth have access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models, and recovery services.   To aid in the development of the plan, it is important to hear from youth/young adults who have lived experience. 

If you or anyone you know would be interested in completing this survey, your time would be greatly appreciated. It should only take 5 to 10 minutes and will help us plan for the future.  A link to the survey is here

Sponsor Exhibitor Opportunity for Ohio Problem Gambling Conference


The Ohio Problem Gambling Conference

March 2-3, 2017

The Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, in collaboration with Drug Free Action Alliance, is seeking sponsorship support for the Ohio Problem Gambling Conference, which will be held on March 2-3, 2017 in Lewis Center, Ohio.

The conference will provide attendees with local and national experts related to problem gambling services in the areas of prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, research, administration and responsible gambling. 

We invite you to participate in Ohio’s only statewide conference focused solely on addressing problem gambling by serving as a sponsor and/or exhibitor. More than 250 professionals are anticipated to attend. With your organization’s dedication to promoting responsible gaming, PGNO and its partners, believes your organization would find great value in supporting this year’s conference. 

Opportunities for sponsorship include:

  • Exhibit space
  • Conference guide advertisement
  • Logo and link of the sponsor’s website on the conference home page
  • Attendee Bag Insert
  • Hosting one of the following:

          Breakfast or lunch
          Networking reception
          Breakout session

For more detail on sponsorships, exhibiting and costs, please see the Sponsor & Exhibitor Form. The deadline for submissions is February 3, 2017!

For questions, please contact Derek Longmeier at 614.750.9899 or

NCPG Conference Call for Presentations Deadline is 11/18/16

The Call for Presentations Deadline is tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. EST

We invite you to apply to participate as a presenter for the 31st National Conference on Problem Gambling. This is a unique opportunity to interact with and reach a diverse group of public health, prevention, treatment, advocacy, recovery, research, regulatory, and industry professionals. 

The conference will focus on four main track themesTreatment | Responsible Gambling & Regulation | Prevention | Recovery & Community

The theme of the conference is Listening, Learning, Leading and we are seeking timely, relevant and fresh presentations that incorporate elements of this theme in areas such as:

  • Advances in treatment including brief interventions, pharmaceutical trials, alternative therapies, co-occurring disorders, outcome studies, and research to practice;
  • Professional and clinical ethics in treatment, research and prevention;
  • Proven and promising prevention programs and models across different domains and populations;
  • Recovery oriented topics, including recovery oriented systems of care, self help, relapse prevention and recovery supports;
  • Developments in responsible gambling policy, programs, legislation and regulation;
  • Concerns about special populations such as seniors, youth and racial/ethnic minorities;
  • Calculating social and economic costs of gambling addiction, strategic planning for services, changes in incidence and prevalence of gambling problems;
  • Implications of DSM-5 gambling addiction criteria, Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform on the problem gambling field;
  • Impacts of gambling on active-duty military personnel and veterans and their families, including barriers to treatment, and impact of co-occurring disorders;
  • Developments in social casino gaming, including addiction risks, potential harm reduction uses, implications of convergence with other types of gambling, consumer protection and regulatory policy;
  • Implications of the intersection of athletics, fantasy sports, gambling and addiction;
  • Introductory sessions for groups new to the gambling, responsible gaming and problem gambling fields.

Behavioral health, social work, mental health and substance abuse counseling professionals comprise the majority of the audience; other attendees include researchers, legislators, regulators, prevention specialists, gaming industry executives and employees, media, policy makers, recovering gamblers, and family members.

The benefits of presenting include:

  • Lead presenters for the Main Conference will receive complimentary registration for the Main Conference sessions and included meals.
  • Lead presenters in the Pre-Conference will receive complimentary registration for the Pre-Conference sessions and included meals.
  • Co-presenters and panelists will receive the discounted members’ rate for registration.
  • Gain recognition and publicity in conference marketing materials distributed across the country and around the world.
  • Continuing education credit, if applicable.
  • Networking and exposure to leaders in the field.


Pre-Conference Workshops are held Wednesday-Thursday, July 19-20.
All other sessions will be held in the Main Conference Friday-Saturday, July 21-22.

Presentations are accepted in the following formats:

  • Main Conference Breakout presentations are usually given by one presenter focusing on a specific topic, but may also be configured as a Panel or Roundtable with up to three additional speakers. Breakout presentations are given in sessions of 60 minutes, which includes time for introductions and questions.
  • Main Conference PED Talks—Problem gambling EDucational Talks (modeled on TED talks) are intended to showcase one well-formed idea that is new or relevant, interesting and dynamic—in 15 minutes and using no more than 10 slides.
  • Main Conference Posters are presented during the 30 minute networking breaks and provide presenters with the opportunity to be seen by all conference attendees in a more informal and interactive venue. Poster presentations require the visual display of the essential contents of a paper (e.g., abstract, short narrative, enlarged graphs or pictures, and a brief conclusion).
  • Main Conference Prevention Showcase features selected prevention programs in an interactive session. Presenters will display their program materials in an exhibit hall setting as well as provide a brief presentation.
  • Pre-Conference Workshops are offered for intensive and specific skill development which incorporates hands-on exercises and a significant amount of attendee participation/interaction in a small group setting. Sessions are either half (4 hours) or full day in length (8 hours).  Participants must sign up in advance for a limited number of seats.

The 2017 Conference is projected to draw over 600 attendees, and the opportunity to present is highly sought after. We anticipate receiving more submissions than can be accommodated, and encourage complete and timely submissions. The submission process is conducted online and contains the application form and complete details about the process.  All applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their submission by December 23rd.

Presentations should reflect original work.  The 2017 Program Committee will consider the presenter(s) experience and credentials as well as the impact of the presentation, how it will enhance participant’s specific knowledge and skill levels, the incorporation of evidence-based or best practices, and the practicality and adaptability of the presentation.  All presenters, co-presenters, and panelists are required to register themselves for the conference, according to a special code that they will received. They are also responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.  Co-presenters will be listed in the program only if they are actually presenting.  Only the lead presenter receives a complimentary registration. 

All who submit a proposal will be notified by December 23, 2016 regarding the Committee’s decision, which is final.  NCPG reserves the absolute right to accept or reject submissions at its sole discretion.  We are happy to accommodate any special needs, but please let us know as soon as possible to allow us to make appropriate arrangements.

Additional conference hotel and general information will be available at

2017 Behavioral Health Conference – Jan. 10-11

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, in partnership with OhioMHAS, will host Ohio’s 2017 Behavioral Health Conference: Moving Forward in a Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care Jan. 10-11 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. This training will focus on mental illness, kids, trauma, prevention, addiction, medication management and more. Click HERE for more information and to register online.

Montgomery County Problem Gambling Symposium – Nov. 1

Join PGNO Board & Staff - Register today!

Montgomery County Problem Gambling Symposium Problem Gambling: It’s Preventable, Identifiable and Treatable slated for Nov. 1 at the Top of the Market Banquet Facility in Dayton. This free training features several nationally known problem gambling prevention/treatment speakers, along with a panel discussion by local providers discussing their problem gambling prevention efforts. Registration includes CEUs, breakfast and lunch.

Save the Date for the 2017 National Conference on Problem Gambling!

The 31st Conference on Problem Gambling is well on its way to becoming a reality. This year, the conference will be held in beautiful Portland, thanks to our hosts from the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling. It will be a fantastic opportunity to learn and network with people in the field. Check out the highlights from our previous conference to see what you have to look forward to.

For all those who wish to present, the deadline for sending in your presentation abstracts is approaching in four weeks. All abstracts must be submitted by November 18th, 2016.  The submission instructions may be found here. Every year, we are excited to see the excellent concepts that our presenters come up with. Don't miss out on your opportunity to present your novel research and ideas! 

For all other future attendees, we would truly appreciate having you in Portland to celebrate over three decades of problem gambling advocacy. Tell your friends and colleagues about what we are doing at the National Conference on Problem Gambling and save the date for this wonderful event.

Director Plouck Provides Update on Ohio’s Problem Gambling Efforts

OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck recently presented the Annual Report on Problem Gambling Services SFY 2016-17 to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The report highlights progress made in the past year to build capacity for screening and treating of Ohioans who may have a gambling disorder. In SFY 2016, 44,000 individuals were screened and more than 1,000 were treated for problems with gambling. The state also saw growth in awareness and understanding toward the prevention of problem gambling due to work being done locally with school-based and community-focused prevention, including broad dissemination of the Be the 95% awareness campaign

This, along with additional information, is available on the OhioMHAS e-Update at

CLERGY/LAY MINISTER CERTIFICATION in Problem Gambling Prevention, Education, Awareness, and Spiritual Outreach Care

INTERNATIONAL GAMBLING COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION BOARD is offering the CLERGY/LAY MINISTER CERTIFICATION in Problem Gambling Prevention, Education, Awareness, andSpiritual Outreach Care

The FOUR MODULE TRAININGS (required toward completion of Certification process) is Presented by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB). All four Curriculum Modules may go toward the new non-clinical Certification for Clergy and Lay Ministers. 

For those of you who need to pick up Modules for completing all four Modules, this is an opportunity to do so.  For those of you who have completed all four Modules, please, feel welcome to share this information to others who would be interested in attaining National/International Certification. 

Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 … Training Sessions November 2016

  • MODULE 1:  FRIDAY, November 4
  • MODULE 2:  SATURDAY, November 5
  • MODULE 3:  FRIDAY, November 11
  • MODULE 4:  SATURDAY, November 12


  • Sign-In begins at 9:00 AM
  • Instruction Time:  9:25 AM -  4:00 PM
  • Location:  PLAINFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 800 Dan Jones Rd., Plainfield, Indiana 46168

To Register, contact Rev. Janet Jacobs at Please indicate the Module(s) for which you are registering OR all Modules. 

Meals: Lunches will be “working lunches” and catered on site. Coffee and light refreshments will be available during “Sign-In” time.

Parking: Park and enter by DOOR 3.  
Room: Classroom A239 (take stairway to second floor or use the elevator).   

The Clergy/Lay Ministers Certification is a Program of the International Gambling Counselors Certification Board.  This is a National / International Certification. 

The Four Modules total twenty-four classroom hours and 24 CEUs from IGCCB.

For more information on this Certification or the Trainings:
E-mail Rev. Janet Jacobs at  or call (812) 290-3022 or Mr. Jeffrey Beck JD, ICGC-II at

September is Recovery Month


@RecoveryMonth is a national observance that raised awareness that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a substance use and/or mental health disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The primary focus of the observance is to celebrate those in recovery, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions. Recovery month supports the message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and Recovery is Beautiful.  

In recognition of Recovery Month, PGNO will post information on Facebook and Twitter about gambling and problem gambling. Please do your part in sharing your knowledge and experience with addiction through your personal stories and by sharing and retweeting PGNO's posts, so you can spread the information through your networks.

For additional information, visit

Save the Date: Problem Gambling Counselor Training

This event is designed for counselors working in the field of disordered gambling treatment, prevention, or advocacy. Training topics include:

  • Identification of Gambling Disorders
  • Clinical Approaches and Interventions
  • Gambling Treatment Referral
  • Gaming Industry Panel on Responsible Gaming Practices

Presenter: Janet M. Miller, MS, LAC, CCGS, CCDP-D
Janet has served as the Executive Director for the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling Since January, 2014. She began her work with LACG in 1999 as the Director for the Center of Recovery-Core. Janet has been in the counseling field since 1985.

Panel: This training will also include a panel discussion with a diverse group working in responsible gaming in Indiana.