Community Readiness Grows via 2016 Ohio Problem Gambling Conference

Aligning with March as the annual observance of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, nearly 200 Ohio professionals came together to learn and network at the 2016 Ohio Problem Gambling Conference. The conference theme of “Community Readiness,” provided a framework for representatives of the state’s county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) boards, behavioral health service providers, casino and racino responsible gambling administrators, and leadership from the Ohio Casino Control and Lottery commissions, along with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The March 3-4 event kicked off with a welcome from OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck, who read from Gov. John R. Kasich’s proclamation announcing March as Ohio’s Problem Gambling Awareness Month. This was followed by remarks from Matthew Schuler, executive director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and Angela Mingo, commissioner with the Ohio Lottery Commission. Conference highlights included an opening keynote on brain science by Frank J. Kros, MSW, JD, who spoke about how cortisol affects the brain and an individual’s behavior. A featured speaker on day two was Julie Hynes, CPS, MA, RD, who explored the world of Daily Fantasy Sports, how it connects with gambling and problem gambling issues related to the new billion-dollar boon. In addition, individuals and family members personally impacted by gambling addiction presented and guests from the gambling industry led a question-and-answer session. Click HERE to view available handouts. View more conference photos.

Eric R. Wandersleben, Director of Media Relations & Outreach
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services