The Michigan Association on Problem Gambling (MAPG) announced this week that it was able to provide its first Michigan citizen with treatment funding for disordered gambling. Through its new disordered gambling treatment grant program, Michigan citizens and their families can get help for disordered gambling.

According to a news release from the MAPG:   “The Michigan Compulsive Gambling Prevention Fund was created in 1997 and set aside approximately $3 million annually [from all sources] to address disordered gambling and addiction within the State. In 2020, this amount will increase by $1 million due to the recent passage of gambling-related legislation. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) manages gambling disorder services, including a toll-free problem gambling helpline, prevention, and referral services for both in-person and telephone counseling for those experiencing disordered gambling. MAPG has not yet received any funding from MDHHS, but is dedicated to its mission of bringing services to Michigan citizens.

Dr. David Ledgerwood, of Wayne State University, was retained by MDHHS in 2004 to perform a research study to assess the need for an in-patient residential treatment program for disordered gamblers in Michigan. Dr. Ledgerwood’s findings showed that an in-patient treatment program is important and necessary for the State.

MAPG is seeking additional support to continue its treatment services through an industry-funded grant program to provide free services to Michigan citizens. The Treatment Grant Program provides paid access to some of the country’s most prominent gambling disorder treatment facilities.

Grant Program Details:

  • Grants are funded directly by MAPG donations and annual membership dues
  • 100% of treatment costs, up to $5,000, are paid for by MAPG for a 30-day treatment program
  • 100% of the program is confidential
  • 30-day treatment stay at the gambling disorder treatment facility in Louisiana. Visit the online virtual tour at: www.helpforgambling.org
  • Post-treatment: outpatient counseling referral to Michigan’s network of problem gambling clinicians
  • Post-treatment attendance at Gambler’s Anonymous meetings

Grant Program Eligibility:

  • Client must attempt outpatient counseling even if the counselor determines the client needs a higher level of care
  • Client must be assessed by a certified gambling counselor and meet admission criteria requirements from staff at approved treatment facility
  • Comprehensive screening with CORE staff and meeting admission criteria for the program at CORE in Louisiana

For more information, please contact MAPG at info@michapg.com.”



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