The National Council on Problem Gambling is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
The National Council is neither for nor against legalized gambling. Our primary concern is to help problem gamblers and their families.
The NCPG was conceived as the national representative of the problem gambling field and is organized with 3 classes of members: state affiliate, corporate and individual. The NCPG concentrates efforts on the national level, while the state affiliates work at the state and local level.
Major National Council programs include:
Operation of the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (800-522-4700). A single national access point to local resources.
Administration of the National Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC) credential.
Holding the annual National Conference on the Prevention, Treatment, Research and Recovery of Problem Gambling. The world’s oldest and largest problem gambling-specific conference.
Distribution of literature on problem gambling treatment, research and recovery.
Organization of National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.
Providing education on problem gambling issues to Federal, state, tribal and international governments and agencies.
History: The organization was founded in 1972 by Msgr. Joseph A. Dunne and Dr. Robert Custer, among others. From the outset the Council established two principles that remain in effect today: that the organization would be the advocate for problem gamblers and their families, and that it would take no position for or against legalized gambling. This stance is encompassed today in our vision and mission statements above. A history of the NCPG from 1972 to 1985 by Msgr. Dunne was published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, Vol. 1, Issue 1.
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