Office of Problem Gambling History
The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) was authorized to establish the Office of Problem and Pathological Gambling, known as the Office of Problem Gambling (OPG), by Assembly Bill (AB) 673, Chapter 210, Statutes of 2003 (Section 4369 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).
The first priority mandated by the Legislature is to develop a problem gambling prevention program consisting of the following activities and services:
- A toll-free telephone service for immediate crises management and containment with subsequent referral of problem and pathological gamblers to health providers who can provide treatment for gambling related problems and to self-help groups.
- Public awareness campaigns that focus on prevention and education among the general public including, for example, dissemination of youth oriented preventive literature, educational experiences, and public service announcements in the media.
- Empirically driven research programs focusing on epidemiology/ prevalence, etiology/causation, and best practices in prevention and treatment.
- Training of health care professionals and educators, and training for law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations in the identification of problem gambling behavior and knowledge of referral services and treatment programs.
- Training of gambling industry personnel in identifying customers at risk for problem and pathological gambling and knowledge of referral and treatment services.
In designing and developing the overall program, the legislation directed ADP to do all of the following:
- Develop a statewide plan to address problem and pathological gambling.
- Adopt any regulations necessary to administer the program.
- Develop priorities for funding services and criteria for distributing program funds.
- Monitor the expenditures of state funds by agencies and organizations receiving program funding.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of services provided through the program.
The Legislature has set forth as the first and highest priority of the office with respect to the use of any funds appropriated for the purposes of this chapter shall be to carry out the development of the statewide plan. (Welfare and Institutions Code 4369.3)
Further information on the activities of OPG will be posted on this web site. For the complete text of the authorizing legislation, AB 673 2003, as chaptered, please go to www.leginfo.ca.gov. OPG questions and comments can be asked via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Problem Gambling
California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs
1700 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811-4037