People with a gambling problem may be more likely to call for help under a new arrangement involving the National Council on Problem Gambling.
The NCPG announced Thursday that it has entered into a six-year license agreement with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) for the use of its 1-800-GAMBLER federally registered service mark in all U.S. states outside of New Jersey, as well as all U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
The current NCPG Helpline Network number (1-800-522-4700) will continue to operate uninterrupted. The idea is that 1-800-GAMBLER is easier to remember.
“CCGNJ has always been at the forefront of providing support for people in communities affected by a gambling problem. 1-800-GAMBLER serves as an essential tool for accessing this support,” said Felicia Grondin, CCGNJ Executive Director. “We look forward to working with NCPG to ensure that people from across the country can easily access problem gambling support and resources using this simple, memorable number.”
The NCPG is working to standardize problem gambling services in the U.S. as sports betting spreads to more states. More than 30 states have some form of sports betting in just a little over four years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1992 federal sports betting ban.
“This agreement is a vital step forward as we work to increase awareness and access to high-quality services for individuals, families, and communities impacted by problem gambling,” said Maureen Greeley, NCPG Board President. “[W]e are grateful for this partnership with our NCPG Affiliate, CCGNJ, that will significantly advance our shared priorities of improving health and wellness by offering the most effective programs and services possible.”
About 2-4% of the entire U.S. population is said to have issues with problem gambling.