Idaho Gambling Revenues Near Bottom Treatment Funding Invisable


Bernard Zeitler
Idaho has an estimated 25,627(2.2%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem. Idaho provided $327.14 million in revenue for 2012 making it 43rd in this respect from legalized forms of gambling. The state gained this revenue through 3,911 electronic machines, 7 Indian casinos, pari-mutual wagering, charitable gaming and a state lottery system.
Idaho has no publicly funded treatment for problem gambling as of 2013. As a result any help is directed to the National Problem Gambling Helpline through the Utah- Idaho Council on Problem Gambling which contracts with the Louisiana Problem Gambling Helpline. All state services are tied to mental health services and are not specifically tied to the gambling directly at this time.

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