Georgia on My Mind. Gambling Revenue and treatment funding

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Georgia has an estimated 125,805(1.7%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem. In perspective the revenue raised from the lottery and Charitable gambling in 2012 was $3.83 billion (12th in the US).   The revenue brought in seems to contradict such a low percentage of problem gamblers.

Contributing a mere 2 cents per capita, well below the average of 32 cents, gives Georgia a ranking of 26th in funding for treatment.  HB08-487 was enacted in 2013 which provided the ‘opportunity’ for more funding. The present allotment from the state lottery is $200,000 each year to the division of addictive Disease and problem gambling services within the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability. The initial money went to U of G for an online course for problem gambling counselors to be developed and made available this year.

As with many states, the national hotline handles calls which are directed to the Florida Council on Problem Gambling.

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