Illinois Gambling and Treatment at separate ends of the spectrum

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Illinois has an estimated 214,991(2.2%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem.  It funds treatment at 8 cents per capita which ranks the state at 34th as of 2013.  When compared to its 9th ranked revenue of $4.32 billion for 2012 it seems low.

The $4.32 billion comes from traditional lottery, 10 casinos, an internet lottery, charitable gambling and pari-mutual wagering.  The funds designated for problem gambling is defined by PA 89-374cqnd 89-626 enacted in 1996.

In 2013 the dedicated funding for problem gambling was $996,300. It was all spent in 4 specific areas:

  • A Gambling Helpline
  • Public Awareness
  • Counselor Training
  • Treatment and Prevention Services

2012 funding resulted in 1,605 calls to the Helpline, 1,678 people receiving outpatient treatment paid for by public funds. It is not unreasonable to believe that this is a very small representation of people who need help.

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