Helpline Modernization Project

In 2021, calls to the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) increased by 43%, texts increased by 59.8% and chat increased by 84.1%. With the addition of sports gambling in many states still to come, we expect these numbers to continue to increase. 

As part of the grant received from the NFL Foundation, NCPG is working to update the network National Problem Gambling Helpline Modernization Project. This project will enable NCPG to increase awareness of and improve access to high-quality services received by individuals, families and communities impacted by problem gambling.

project goals

The modernization project will work to improve support for call centers, training for staff and data collection. The primary goals of the project are two-fold:

  1. Improve access to high-quality services for individuals and families struggling.
  2. Ensure the National Network is held to a high standard of care.

Helpline modernization Forums

As the National Problem Gambling Helpline Modernization rolls out, input from all stakeholders is of the utmost importance. To ensure everyone has access to give feedback and ask questions, NCPG is hosting monthly virtual forums. 

During each forum, NCPG Staff will give an update on the status of the National Problem Gambling Helpline Modernization Project activities and will then open the floor to any questions, comments, concerns, and feedback from attendees.

aPRIL Helpline Modernization Forum

APRIL 6, 2023
1:00 pm ET – 2:00 pm ET

Helpline Modernization Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

As changes and improvements are made to the helpline network questions about operations, timelines, standards, etc. may arise. Here you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. 

National Problem Gambling Helpline Network Principles


To provide a single point of access to problem gambling help for callers anywhere in the US 24/7/365 via call, text or chat. 


To create a caller-centric system that facilitates access to help and allows streamlined marketing across all materials, regardless of the organization or location. 

To tie together state and regional call centers to ensure every jurisdiction is covered and that every caller always has free access to help. 


NCPG now oversees the routing, billing and operations of 1-800-GAMBLER in the 49 states (excl. NJ), all U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Offering a single number to call from anywhere in the United States will make it easier for people who need help to get that help.

To help facilitate easy adoption and promotion of this new National Problem Gambling Helpline number the toolkit will provide graphics and materials to share campaign messaging in a unified voice. 

Helpline Modernization Questions

Jaime D. Costello, Director of Programs

National Council on Problem Gambling