• 2016 National Survey of Problem Gambling Services Premieres at NCPG Conference

    08.10.17Keith Whyte

    Total Spending Increases 20% to $73 Million; 10 States Have No Public Funding; National Average Only 23 Cents Per Capita  

    Members of the media are invited to see the first presentation of the Results of the 2016 Survey of Problem Gambling Services at 9:00 am on Friday, July 21 as part of survey lead author Dr. Jeff Marotta’s keynote presentation at the NCPG 31st National Conference on Problem Gambling.  The Survey is a project of the Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators (APGSA) in collaboration with NCPG. The Survey provides the only national compilation of comprehensive information about funding and distribution of problem gambling services in the United States.  Results include overall national spending on problem gambling programs as well as trends over the past decade and state-by-state breakdowns.

    Among the highlights of the 2016 survey are:

    • The total amount of public funding allocated for problem gambling services increased 20% to $73 million in 2016, a 20% increase from $60 million in 2013.
    • Since the 2013 survey 25 states increased their funding levels, seven had no change and nine reported cuts, including Arkansas who eliminated all funding. The level of funding continues to vary greatly among states.
    • Substance abuse disorders are about four times more common than gambling disorders, while public funding for substance abuse treatment is about 334 times greater than public funding for all problem gambling services.
    • In 2016, only about one quarter of one percent of people who needed problem gambling treatment received publicly funded care from a gambling treatment specialist.
    • The Federal Government does not provide dedicated funding for problem gambling services.
    • 10 states still do not have any public funding for problem gambling services.
    • As a result, extremely uneven levels of support and huge disparities in prevention and treatment services for individuals with gambling problems across the country.

    The executive summary of the Survey is available here and the complete report will be available by September: 2016 PG Services Survey Executive Summary V5.1