A major proponent of gambling safety in California is working to lower the barriers around problem gambling treatment and prevention services.
Along those lines, the California Council on Problem Gambling recently launched a new website, HowToExclude.org. The groundbreaking California responsible gambling resource is the first to centralize information about the self-exclusion programs available at nearly all the state’s casinos.
Currently, The Golden State has nearly 70 tribal casinos and close to 60 legal cardrooms in operation. Only Nevada and Oklahoma have more casinos.
Website meant to be a one-stop resource
The CCPG’s latest responsible gambling tool is an all-encompassing resource for those struggling with gambling addiction. On the site, visitors will gain access to a comprehensive list of self-exclusion programs offered by gaming centers around the state. From there, tables containing information on how to enroll in specific programs are available.
HowToExclude.org also features additional resources to help problem gamblers address their addiction and access support services. In a statement released by CCPG, the company’s executive director, Robert Jacobson, applauded the site’s inviting and intuitive nature.
“We are excited to launch this website, which will make it easier for individuals who want to exclude themselves from casinos in California. We believe that this will be an invaluable resource for individuals struggling with gambling problems and seeking help.”
For now, online casinos and sportsbooks are not yet available in California. However, if and when they do arrive, Californians will be well-equipped with an array self-exclusion and responsible gambling resources.
Problem gambling treatment, prevention still evolving
Since 1986, the CCPG has operated on the principles of problem gambling awareness, education, research, prevention and treatment. Because these tenets are constantly evolving, new measures, such as HowToExclude.org, help the CCPG communicate its purpose to those in need, Jacobson said.
“We want to raise awareness of the harmful consequences of gambling addiction and the importance of seeking help if you or a loved one is struggling with this disease. We have programs available in California, at no cost to you, that have helped thousands of individuals overcome their gambling problems and rebuild their lives.”
The CCPG also offers a 24/7/365 helpline, free counseling services and self-help groups. Each of these services are accessible through HowToExclude.org.
Two casinos lauded for their commitment to responsible gaming
Jacobson commended Yaamava’ Resort and Casino in Highland and Pechanga Resort and Casino for earning their annual responsible gaming certifications. What’s more, Pechanga is the largest gaming facility in the state.
Specifically, both wagering sites made concerted efforts to provide patrons with resources to prevent problem gambling and promote responsible gaming behaviors, Jacobson said.
Other supporters of the CCPG were also applauded for playing a vital role in carrying out its mission. They include:
- The Barona Band of Mission Indians
- The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
- The United Auburn Indian Community
- Wilton Rancheria