News Update from the
Region 5 Problem Gambling Awareness Team
March 2023
Gambling is defined as risking something of value on the outcome of an event when the probability of winning is less than certain.

Problem Gambling or Gambling Disorder is characterized by behavior that leads to adverse consequences for the individual, families,
and society.
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
PGAM Events Statewide:
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Region 5 PGAM Lunch and Learn webinar:
Our March Madness Social Media Campaign
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Prevention - Mitigating Risks
Visit Responsible Play the CT Way, for important messages on:
  • Setting Limits
  • How to self-exclude from gambling
  • Limiting alcohol and substance use while gambling
  • How to find help if gambling becomes a problem
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Downloadable Fact Sheets:
Learn About Older Adults and Gambling
Skill Building for Families

Gambling Awareness Resources in Spanish
Visit for more resources in Spanish
Help Is Available
MCCA is the Bettor Choice Provider in Region 5 offering outpatient and short-term inpatient treatment to those struggling with gambling and their families. Visit their webpage here.

Gamblers Anonymous is fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. Visit to locate a meeting near you.

Gam-Anon ( is a self-help organization for the spouse, family or close friends of those with a gambling disorder. 
About Our Team

The Region 5 Problem Gambling Awareness Team consists of community stakeholders working toward raising awareness around disordered gambling and helping connect those in need to treatment.  

Our partners include DMHAS Problem Gambling Services, The CT Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) and treatment providers MCCA, McCall Center for Behavioral Health, and Apex Community Care.

Team Building- CADCA's Problem Gambling Bootcamp
Over the course of the last several months, many of our team members participated in a Problem Gambling Bootcamp sponsored by Problem Gambling Services (PGS). Community-Based Advocacy-Focused Data-Driven Coalition-Building Association (CADCA) Trainer Dorothy Chaney facilitated the 16 hours of learning over Zoom, then we gathered in Hamden with our statewide partners for a full day in-person session. We created a logic model of underage gambling for our region, and developed comprehensive strategies to reduce harm and build protective factors. It was a great experience! Thank you PGS and CADCA!!
Please visit the team webpage where you can find out more and download resources to share!

Western CT Coalition is the Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization servicing the 43 towns of DMHAS Region 5.

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