The IGA is committed to helping people identify problem gambling warning signs and to directing them toward help. We work with treatment providers statewide and other organizations to further prevention, awareness and access. Our members also work directly with the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program, which contracts with 11 local agencies to provide problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery support services in 11 regions of Iowa.
Services include: education through 1-800-BETS OFF and www.1800BETSOFF.org; counseling and recovery support for problem gamblers and those affected by gambling; and prevention efforts that focus on the risks and responsibilities of gambling, especially to at-risk populations.
Goals of These Efforts:
- Ensure gaming tax funds are earmarked by the state for the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
- Increase public awareness of resources
- Heighten public knowledge about treatment accessibility
- Improve understanding of problem gambling in the context of current public policy as it is formulated by the legislature and other policy-making bodies
The IGA takes its responsibilities to its members and state residents seriously. We are proud that Iowa voters have consistently supported gaming and Iowans' freedom to choose how to spend their budgeted entertainment dollars. The IGA encourages everyone to spend with their head, not over it!
**The 2015 annual report showed 92 percent of those treated by the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program reduced signs of problem gambling. Review the report here.**
Find a Gambling Treatment Facility Near You
You can find the treatment organization in your area by visiting the 1-800-BETS OFF website's providers map.