The 1-800-BETS OFF (1-800-238-7633) helpline is sponsored by the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program and funded by a State of Iowa general appropriation to the Iowa Department of Public Health's Iowa Gambling Treatment Program. It is a resource for Iowans struggling with or effected by problem gambling.
The www.1800BETSOFF.org website offers valuable information, such as how to spot the warning signs of problem gambling and where to turn for help. Live outside of Iowa? Call 1-800-522-4700.
The www.1800BETSOFF.org website also has an outstanding resources page: 1800betsoff.org/resources.
The Iowa Gambling Treatment Program (IGTP)
This state-run program has an incredible depth of resources on its site: idph.iowa.gov/igtp/resources. In 2015, the program's report (view it here), compiled by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavior research, showed that 92 percent of those treated reported reduced signs of problem gambling.
Responsible Gaming Brochures
In 2016, the IGA celebrated Responsible Gaming Education Week by working with treatment partners to create four documents. These pieces shed light on how to approach problem gamblers and confront the issue. They are:
Have the Conversation About Problem Gambling - For Families
Have the Conversation About Problem Gambling - For Casinos
Gambling: Keeping it Fun
Frequently Asked Questions About the Self-Exclusion Process (read more and find the downloadable form here)
Self-Guided Program: Your First Step to Change
"Your First Step to Change" is a self-guided program developed by The Division on Addictions, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Visit the "Your First Step to Change" site to fill out a private questionnaire, which can be done online and saved, or downloaded and printed.
National Center For Responsible Gaming
The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) was the first national organization exclusively devoted to funding independent, peer-reviewed scientific research on pathological and youth gambling. The NCRG focuses on its public education mission with an annual conference that brings together the leading research scientists at top universities to report their findings. The NCRG's YouTube channel has excellent information such as the video, "What is a Gambling Disorder?"
CollegeGambling.org was created by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) to provide students, campus administrators and parents with free, science-based resources for addressing gambling and gambling-related issues on campus.
National Council on Problem Gambling
The mission of the National Council on Problem Gambling is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
Harvard Medical School's Division on Addictions
The Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School developed a middle school-level curriculum, "Facing the Odds: The Mathematics of Gambling and Other Risks." The program is meant to enhance students' interest in math and provide the knowledge and skills to help students think more critically.
Executive Management & Employee Responsible Gaming Education (EMERGE)
EMERGE, a Web-based training program, teaches employees about the nature of addiction, how gambling can become an addiction, and the specific responsible gaming policies and practices of their company. It is a research-based, self-paced program and is available to employees 24/7 thanks to its online platform. For more information on EMERGE, download the EMERGE brochure.
PROJECT 21® – WE CARE. WE CARD.®
This Caesars initiative teaches casino employees, minors, parents and guardians about the consequences of gambling under the legal age. Casinos are not for kids. The project has been adopted by IGA members.
The gaming industry encourages responsible gaming through its enforcement of age restrictions. All Iowa gaming customers must be at least 21 years of age and carry a valid photo ID. Because it's often difficult to determine a person's age by sight, the properties card everyone who appears to be under the age of 30.