If gambling is causing a problem in your life we encourage you to ask questions, gather information and conduct research on the type of help that is most appropriate for your situation. This information is intended to be a starting point; it is not a complete list of information or services.

State of Ohio Resources

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is responsible for general health and/or addiction services in the State of Ohio and has many resources and information on problem gambling.

Ohio Fact fact sheet on gambling and problem gambling.

Ohio Problem Gambling Support

Call: 1-800-589-9966
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Ohio for Responsible Gambling

Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) is an initiative aimed at promoting responsible gambling in Ohio. Four state agencies are working together in this effort; the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio State Racing Commission, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

OhioMHAS serves as the resource partner for the new initiative and the lead agency responsible for prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)

Fantasy sports are contests in which participants assemble imaginary teams comprised of real players. Traditional fantasy sports leagues are season-long, but recently contests have been offered that are a short as one day. Both free and fee-based contests are available and prizes have topped $1 million. Partners and investors in companies offering fantasy sports contests include sports leagues, professional teams and their owners, as well as large public and private companies. Of the estimated 55 million fantasy sports participants in 2015 approximately 16 million competed in daily fantasy contests, with entry fees topping $2.5 billion.

Additional information is available at NCPGambling.org.

Gamblers Anonymous

National Problem Gambling Helpline

Call: 1-800-522-4700
Text: 1-800-522-4700
Chat: ncpgambling.org/chat

Screening Tools

Problem gambling assessment tools do NOT replace face-to-face evaluation with trained clinical professionals.


The Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS) is a 3-item survey designed to help people decide on their own whether to seek a formal evaluation of their gambling behavior.  The BBGS is based on the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for pathological gambling. For more information and to use the BBGS e-screener, please visit http://www.divisiononaddiction.org/bbgs_new/


The American Psychiatric Association provides guidelines used for gambling disorders. Click here to view these criteria, which can be found within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). For more information on the DSM-5, please visit http://www.dsm5.org/.


The NODS-SA is self-assessment version of the NODS (the NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Disorders). It was designed to assist individuals in evaluating whether to modify or seek help for their gambling behavior. The NODS is based on the APA’s DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling.