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Treatment and counseling services are available free to any Oregon resident who has problems related to gambling either as a problem gambler or as a family member or friend of a problem gambler.
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An estimated 81,800 adult Oregonians have problems with gambling (2.7%: 1 in every 37 adults) along with approximately 4,000 Oregon adolescents. Gambling disorders carry widespread physical, social and financial consequences for individuals, their families and communities. These preventable problems result in millions of dollars each year spent on health care, criminal justice and social welfare systems. In addition to these measurable costs, the human costs are immeasurable.
Oregon's Problem Gambling Services are guided by a public health model and approach that takes into consideration biological, behavioral, economic, cultural and policy elements influencing gambling and health. It combines prevention, harm reduction and multiple levels of treatment focusing on quality of life issues for gamblers, their families, and communities. By appreciating the multiple dimensions of gambling, Oregon's Problem Gambling Services combines strategies that minimize gambling's negative impacts while recognizing the reality of gambling's availability, cultural acceptance, and economic appeal.
Oregon invests over five million dollars annually to reduce and/or prevent the negative effects of gambling.
The Oregon Health Authority's Problem Gambling Services (PGS) sees a healthy Oregon where problem gambling is prevented through a broad system of programs and services.
The mission of Problem Gambling Services (PGS) is to support effective culturally appropriate problem gambling prevention, education, treatment and recovery programs and supports to reduce the impact of problem gambling on individuals, families and communities.
The mission is accomplished by working in partnership with individuals and their families, counties, other state agencies, providers, advocates and communities to support the aim's of Oregon's Health System of Transformation:
- Better Health - improve the lifelong health of all Oregonians;
- Better care - increase the quality, reliability and availability of care for all Oregonians; and
- Lower costs - reduce or contain the cost of care so it is affordable to everyone
In 2015, Oregon's Problem Gambling Services developed a 5 Year System Improvement Plan. The result of this plan is a shared vision for improving and expanding an integrated, coordinated and culturally competent problem gambling service system. This work, our system and providers continued efforts to reduce gambling related harm has important implications for creating a healthier Oregon by reducing human suffering, reducing economic costs related to problem gambling and improving public health.
Research and Service Information
Greta Coe, Problem Gambling Services Manager