Responsible Gaming Education Week: Aug. 1-5  

Iowa’s Commercial Casinos Advocate For Gambling Responsibly 

The Iowa Gaming Association (IGA) and its commercial casino members are committed to supporting responsible gambling. We believe it’s imperative to continue funding the treatment programs and counselors who do outstanding work helping the small percentage of Iowans with a gambling problems. Effective and highly accessible Iowa Gambling Treatment Programs are a hallmark of our state’s commitment to responsible gaming. 

This year’s Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) will be August 1-5 and will include activities at all the casinos with a focus on: 

To complement this year’s awareness campaign, the IGA worked with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Heartland Family Service to create four complementary brochure pieces. 

“The pieces were created with considerable input between the casinos and the gambling treatment counselors,” said Wes Ehrecke, President and CEO of the Iowa Gaming Association. “They will be useful tools to distribute during RGEW and throughout the year.” 

During RGEW, most casinos will partner with its area gambling treatment provider by extending an invitation to display brochures, interact with patrons and conduct staff training programs. Employees will learn how and when to approach or come to the aid of those exhibiting compulsive behavior, know warning signs and learn intervention skills. 

Research consistently shows that less than 2 percent of those who gamble experience gambling problems. It is important for those who are prone to compulsive gambling to have avenues for securing help and getting treatment from the experts by calling 1-800-BETTSOFF or visiting 1800betsoff.org

Iowa has always been proactive in creating a number of ways to help treat problem gambling. All services are outpatient, but there are also e-therapy services or distance treatment services to assure that anyone who needs help can access it. For more information about getting help, visit our Iowa Treatment Program page or Responsible Gaming Resources page.

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