Tribal Governments Contributions to Problem Gambling Prevention Highlighted This Week

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Tribal Governments Contributions to Problem Gambling Prevention Highlighted This Week

March 12, 2003

The contribution tribal governments have made in the education, prevention and treatment of problem gambling will be highlighted March 10-17, proclaimed by the state Legislature as Problem Gambling Awareness Week in California. A proclamation noting the event was presented Monday to Bruce Roberts, president of the California Council on Problem Gambling Inc., and Jacob Coin, executive director of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. The proclamation, noting that problem gambling is a treatable public health issue affecting millions of adult Americans, was signed by Sen. Dede Alpert, D-San Diego, and Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia. Researchers estimate that about 1 to 5 percent of the adult population suffer from problem and compulsive gambling. The proclamation states that highlighting the week “provides individuals in the problem gambling community an opportunity to educate the public and policymakers about the social and financial effectiveness of services available for problem gambling.” “Although only a small percentage of adults may suffer from gambling disorders, tribal governments are particularly concerned with issues of addiction and will do all they can to help,” Coin said. A portion of tribal gaming revenues is being paid into a Special Distribution Trust Fund, which over the next 18 years will generate more than $1 billion. Part of that money, to be appropriated by the state Legislature later this year, will go to education and treatment programs dealing with problem and compulsive gambling. But tribal governments since 1997 have voluntarily contributed $453,757 to the California council, more than the combined contributions from the state’s lottery, race tracks and card rooms. The tribes “have absolutely stepped up” in their support of the council, Roberts said. “We definitely appreciate how they’ve worked with us.” PHOTO OP: Problem gambling counselor Debbie Lloyd will be at the Viejas Casino operated by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians in Alpine, Ca., 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday. Contact Nikki Symington 619-588-4017 or cell 619-788-3215. Available for Interviews: vBruce Roberts, president, California Council on Problem Gambling and recovering gambling addict; vDebra Lloyd, training consultant, CCPG; vAndy Asselin, general manager, Viejas Casino vLarry Drouse, director of shift managers, Viejas Casino vSenator Dede Alpert, via phone: (619) 645-3090

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