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Ohio's problem gambling helpline needs additional psychiatrists and other MH clinicians

With the expansion of gambling opportunities in Ohio, it is expected that occurrences of problem gambling will start to grow. At this time, however, the state has notable gaps in reported service availability. For the past five years the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and its partners in Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) have offered Stage I, II and Advanced trainings in treatment of Gambling Disorder via Recovery Resources. Clinicians may have also earned gambling-specific continuing education at the annual March Problem Gambling conferences and other workforce development events.

If you're a psychiatrist, Psychologist, Social Worker, or Professional Clinical Counselor with at least 30 hours of Problem Gambling specific training, the gambling helpline could use your expertise.

If you work at an agency, please take the time to make sure your agency is listed on the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline website. If you are a private practitioner, are you listed with the Helpline resources? If the website team hasn’t been given an agency’s or individual’s contact information, callers from that area will be referred to other agencies – potentially outside their areas. OhioMHAS and ORG want all Ohioans to have access to care in their home communities.

Please take a few minutes now to make sure your organization is listed. Look for your listing here: If you or your agency is not listed, send your contact information to Scott Anderson at or call 614-466-8562. Someone from the Helpline will be in touch to make sure your new listing is accurate.

Remember, you are likely seeing people with gambling problems every day. They hide behind depression, substance abuse, and other behavioral and physical health symptoms. Please consider being a part of Ohio’s care continuum.

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