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Nevada Council on Problem Gambling
5552 S. Fort Apache Rd. Ste. 100
Las Vegas, NV 89148
702-369-9740
contactus@nevadacouncil.org
http://www.nevadacouncil.org

Mission

The Nevada Council on Problem Gambling was incorporated in 1984 to serve as a resource for information and as an advocate and prodivder of programs and services to meet the needs of individuals and families who are affected by problem gambling. The Council is a 501(c)(3)organization, funded through contributions, grants and fees for services.

The Nevada Council on Problem Gambling believes that problem gambling is a community health issue, requiring a community solution that can best be accomplished through public and private collaboration. The Council is committed to working with all stakeholders to develop the most effective and comprehensive solutions possible in the State of Nevada.

The Nevada Council on Problem Gambling is Nevada's designated affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling, and does not take a position for or against legal gambling.

Services

PROBLEM GAMBLERS HELPLINE (1-800-522-4700): This toll-free number is answered 24 hours a day by trained helpline specialists who provide caring, confidential assistance and referral to treatment and support resources throughout the State of Nevada. In addition, this number is linked into a nationwide system that automatically routes out-of-state calls to the appropriate regional call center providing similar services to their geographic area.

Online Resource Locator:
Current detailed information about peer support group meetings and treatment providers in Nevada is made available to the public through a searchable online database at www.nevadacouncil.org. Users may search for resources in their immediate area, or download and print regional or statewide resource lists, which are updated automatically within 15 minutes of the last information entered.

Literature Distribution:
The Council produces and distributes a variety of information and publications to raise awareness of problem gambling and support ongoing education. Since 1998, the Council has distributed over 1.5 million WHEN THE FUN STOPS" information brochures, primarily through Nevada gaming locations. The Council also works in collaboration with other expert resources to develop and distribute publications on critical issues, such as Problem Gambling and the Law and Financial Strategies for the Loved Ones of Problem Gamblers.

Prevention & Community Outreach:
The Council provides information and resource materials to social service agencies and other community organizations who want to incorporate problem gambling awareness and prevention into their programs and services. Council staff and volunteers work with our community partners to disseminate information to the public through health fairs, workshops and other community activities and events.

Public Awareness:
The Council delivers structured awareness presentations to group audiences to promote a general understanding of problem gambling and resources for help. Presentations are given by Council staff or trained volunteer facilitators using teaching kits developed and distributed by the Council. Given the Chance is a youth prevention and awareness program designed for classroom use, and Damage Done is a community awareness program addressing the impact of problem gambling on the family members. The Council also collaborated on the development and distribution of an awareness video and resource booklet for seniors - Beyond the Game, Nevada Seniors and Problem Gambling.

Employee Training:
WHEN THE FUN STOPS"-Understanding Problem Gambling is a basic one-hour awareness course developed by the Council and recognized by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to meet the standards for training as required by NGC Regulation 5.170, Programs to Address Problem Gambling. The program is used extensively throughout the Nevada gaming industry, and is appropriate for employee awareness training in any gaming or non-gaming workplace environment. This program includes full instructional support and can be administered by Council staff trainers or by approved company trainers who have completed the Council's Train-the-Trainer program.

Professional Education & Training:
In support of our mission to advocate for quality treatment of problem gambling in the State of Nevada, the Council presents and sponsors educational programs for mental health counselors and professionals in other fields, such as law, finance, education, and human resources. Each year the Council presents the Annual Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling to support continuing professional education in our state.

You Can Help by Volunteering

The Council welcomes interested members of the community to volunteer their time in support of our mission. Volunteer Opportunities are available in the following capacities:

-Light office / administrative tasks
-Event planning & preparation
-On-Site assistance for community outreach & awareness activities
-Organization & assembly of awareness materials
-Website and network technical support

We also invite interested community volunteers to train as facilitators for our youth and family problem gambling awareness programs: Given the Chance and Damage Done. Contact Stephanie Holguin at 702-369-9740 or stephanie@nevadacouncil.org to learn more.

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