Gambling Addiction: PA spending little on treatment and help

Gambling Addiction: PA spending little on treatment and help


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THE COUNCIL ON PROBLEM
GAMBLING —
IN THE PAST HOUR WE SHOW YOU
HOW THAT CAN SPIRAL OUT OF
CONTROL AND LEAD TO CRIMINAL
ACTIVITY AND CRIMINAL CHARGES.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR CONTINUING
OUR INVESTIGATION TO WHAT IS
BEHIND THE CASINOS.
PENNSYLVANIA SKYROCKETED TO
THE SECOND LARGEST GAMING STATE
IN THE COUNTRY PASSING NEW
JERSEY, RANKED ONLY BEHIND
NEVADA.
CASINOS HAVE BEEN A
GAME-CHANGENER PENNSYLVANIA
RAKING IN BILLIONS AND FOR MOST
IT IS FUN ENTERTAINMENT.
BUT DON’T BET ON THE STATE’S
CASINO MONEY TO BACK UP
TREATMENT SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO
NEED IT.
LET’S NOT GET –?
MILTON RAYFORD IS A SOURCE OF
COMFORT ON SUNDAYS.
GIVE EACH OTHER A POUND.
A NATURAL ROLL HE CARRIES
INTO THE WORK WEEK.
AS A HIGH SPIRITED ATTORNEY.
RAY FORD SAID HE STARTED TO
STUDY ADDICTION AFTER HIS
BROTHER FELL ASLEEP DRUNK WHILE
SMOKING A CIGARETTE.
BY THE TIME KENNY WOKE UP,
THE HOUSE WAS ON FIRE AND OUR
MOTHER WAS INSIDE.
HE CAUGHT FIRE HIMSELF.
SHE DIED IN THE HOME.
AND THEN I HAD TO AUTHORIZE THE
HOSPITAL TO PULL THE PLUG ON
HIM.
RAYFORD OFFERS GAMBLING
ADDICTION COUNSELING GROUPS
SINCE HE SAID YOU CAN’T LEAN ON
THE STATE TO PROVIDE EASY ACCESS
FOR SERIOUS TREATMENT.
SHOULDN’T YOU KNOW THAT
YOU’RE NOT MATCHING UP THE
REVENUES FROM GAMBLING.
LEGALLY.
WITH THE TREATMENT THAT IS BEING
OFFERED TO THOSE THAT HAVE AN
ADDICTION.
IN 2013 PENNSYLVANIA’S GAMING
INDUSTRY GENERATED A TOTAL OF
$3.1 BILLION OF TOTAL REVENUE
AND $1.4 BILLION IN STATE AND
LOCAL TAXES.
BUT WE HAVE LEARNED ONLY A SMALL
FRACTION GOES TO COMPULSIVE AND
PROBLEM GAMBLING TREATMENT.
THE STATE SPENT A NEAR $262,670
FOR OUT-PATIENT COUNSELING LAST
YEAR.
WHAT IS ALLOCATED THIS YEAR?
$350,000.
IS THAT ENOUGH?
NO.
THEY NEED OUTPATIENT
TREATMENT.
A SMALL PERCENTAGE MEET THE
CRITERIA BUT IT IS NECESSARY
SAYS THIS COUNSELLOR.
IT IS TIME TO CHANGE CHA IS
WRITTEN IN LAW AND INCLUDE
INPATIENT TREATMENT.
INVESTIGATING SINCE 2009 THE
STATE HAS SEEN A 64% SPIKE IN
STATE FUNDED GAMBLING TREATMENT
ADMISSIONS.
AND WHAT ELSE?
MORE GAMBLERS ARE BEING
INVOLUNTARILY BANNED FROM
CASINOS.
JUST SEVEN GAMBLERS BANNED.
TODAY, 296.
BUT HERE IS WHAT PENNSYLVANIA’S
LEGISLATURE WILL PAY FOR.
WE HAVE LEARNED IT PAID A
PRIVATE CONTRACTOR FOR $150,000
IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS.
THE STUDY’S FOCUS, DISCOVER MORE
WAYS TO GAIN CASINO REVENUE LIKE
INTERNET GAMING AND LOOSENING
CASINO REGULATIONS.
THIS SENATOR SERVED ON THE
COMMITTEE WHO INITIATED THAT
STUDY BUT SAID HE WAS UNAWARE
ABOUT THE TREATMENT SERVICE
FIGURES UNTIL WE TOLD HIM.
THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT MIGHT BE
SOMETHING WE NEED TO LOOK AT AND
SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO.
NOW WE ASKED THE STATE ABOUT
INPATIENT FACILITY.
THEY SAID THEY DON’T CURRENTLY
ENGAGE ANY FACILITY RELATIVE TO
COMPULSIVE AND PROBLEM GAMBLING
TREATMENT THOUGH THE NECESSITY
TO COMMAND INTO MORE INTENSIVE
TREATMENT OPTION SAYS EXPLORED
AND ALSO THE COUNCIL ON
COMPULSIVE GAMBLING SAID CALLS
RELATED TO CASINOS ARE UP 17%
SINCE 2010.
THAT’S THE SAMIER THAT TABLE
GAMES WERE LEGALIZED.
SO THERE’S SOME CORRELATION
THERE.
WE HAVE TO GET THE
CONVERSATION STARTED HERE.
THOSE NUMBERS, THEY NEED TO

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