Gambling addiction prevention (GAP) act

The Gambling Addiction Prevention (GAP) Act is a bipartisan & bicameral initiative led by Senator Warren (D-MA), Senator Daines (R-MT), and Representative Lee (D-NV-3).

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2020 (NDAA) is one part of the GAP Act that needs to be passed.

Protect our troops by preventing problem gambling!

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AdR Counseling LLC
Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services of SE Iowa
Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling
Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators
Atlantic Professional Counseling Center
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Best Behavioral Health Services
Bristlecone Family Resources
Caesar’s Entertainment
California Council on Problem Gambling
California Friday Night Live Partnership
CAPS Mental Health and DUI Services, LLC
Center for Gambling Studies, Rutgers University
Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health
Choice Counseling & Recovery
Choices Treatment Center
Chrystals Center, Inc.
Club Recovery
Coastal Treatment Services
Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling
Consumers for Digital Fairness
Continuum Recovery of Colorado
Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania
Creating Family Choices
Daring Ventures Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting, LLC
Delaware Council on Gambling Problems
Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling
Fairview Recovery Services
Feldman Consulting, LLC
Finding Hope Therapy
First Choice Services
Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling
Illinois Council on Problem Gambling
Indiana Council on Problem Gambling
InnerSenses Inc.
Inspired Healing
Integrity 1st
International Gaming Institute at University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Iowa Department of Public Health
Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling
Lake Geauga Recovery Centers
Lanie’s Hope
Lao Assistance Center of MInnesota
Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
Maine Council on Problem Gambling
Maple Lake HOA
Maryland Center for Excellence on Problem Gambling
Maryland Council on Problem Gambling
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
McGill University
Michigan Association on Problem Gambling
Michigan Association on Problem Gambling
Mid-Hudson Problem Gambling Resource Center 
Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team
Minnesota Department of Human Services – Behavioral Health Division
Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling
Montana Council on Problem Gambling
Nebraska Council on Problem Gambling
Nevada Council on Problem Gambling
New Dawn Wellness & Recovery Center
New Hampshire Council on Problem Gambling
New York Council on Problem Gambling
North Carolina Council on Problem Gambling
Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance
Northwest Louisiana Human Services District
Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services
OhioMHAS/Get Set Before You Bet
Oklahoma Association on Problem and Compulsive Gambling
Oregon Council on Problem Gambling
Oregon Lottery
Peer Coach Academy of Colorado
Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado
Problem Gambling Network of Ohio
Professional Wellness Management
Psychotherapy & EMDR Trauma Counseling
Reno Problem Gambling Center
Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium
SEKS Problem Gambling Task Force
Serenity Counseling for All Ages
South Central Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force
Southwest Guidance Center
Steuben Council on Addictions
The Better Institute
The Counseling Center at Middlesex 
The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia
Vanguard Center for Gambling Recovery – Project Turnabout
Vinland National Center
Virginia Council on Problem Gambling
Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, Inc.
Volunteers of America Oregon
Washington State Gambling Commission
Way Back Inn
Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling
Wyoming Council in Problem Gambling


Encourage political leaders to protect our troops by preventing problem gambling.

Call your Senators and Representative to tell them that the NDAA is essential to ensuring our troops remain healthy & ready.


What the GAP Act is all about:

  • Requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to develop policies and programs to prevent & treat gambling problems
  • On OCONUS bases where gambling activities take place, such policies and programs would include provisions of educational materials and promotion of responsible behavior

why the GAP Act matters:

  • NCPG estimates that as many as 56,000 active duty members of the Armed Forces meet the criteria for gambling disorder
  • Research finds that veterans are 2-3x more likely to have a gambling problem
  • Prevalence of gambling disorder in the military is a serious health and financial issue, and also poses a threat to national security
  • Less than 10 percent of individuals with gambling problems seek help, due to shame and stigma and misunderstanding of the disorder
  • The Department of Defense currently has 3,141 slot machines on overseas military installations
  • These slot machines generate approximately $100 million per year for the Department of Defense