News Releases and Media Advisories

KDADS Promotes Awareness During Problem Gambling Awareness Month

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2022

For more information, contact:
Cara Sloan-Ramos
785-296-0807

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department for Aging nd Disability Serves (KDADS), in collaboration with the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling (KCPG), recognizes March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) as part of the national campaign held annually. The 2022 campaign theme is “Awareness + Action” (#PGAM22).

The goals of national and local campaigns are:

  • To increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment & recovery services.
  • To encourage healthcare providers to screen clients for problem gambling.

The grassroots campaign brings together a wide range of stakeholders – public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators – who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist.

Problem gambling is defined as all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. Approximately 2 million U.S. adults (1% of the population) are estimated to meet criteria for severe problem gambling. Another 4-6 million (2-3%) meet the criteria for mild or moderate problem gambling. 

“Across Kansas we are committing to making sure the public understand what the signs of problem gambling are, and most importantly, the resources that are available to get help,” said KDADS Problem Gambling Manager Carol Spiker, LAC, KCGC.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpg.org/chat for confidential help.

For help closer to home, Kansas residents can call the Kansas problem gambling helpline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit ksgamblinghelp.com for more information. The call is free and confidential. No out-of-pocket cost treatment is available for problem gamblers and concerned others with revenues collected from state owned casinos. The program is administered by KDADS.