Campaign aims to educate public to risks associated with gambling and where to find help
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) announced the launch of the “Stick to the Game Plan” campaign. The goal of this new, multifaceted campaign is to bring awareness to problem gambling and how to prevent it, and to help direct people in need to problem gambling services.
OASAS Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said. “As gambling opportunities continue to expand, it is essential that we remind people about the importance of gambling responsibly, and the steps they can take to help avoid risks of developing a gambling addiction. It is also equally important for parents to talk with their children about gambling. This new campaign will give people the tools they need to help prevent problem gambling, as well as direct them on where to find help if they need it.”
“Stick to the Game Plan” is a digital, radio and social media campaign that will run through April 1. NYS OASAS said, “It is designed to increase awareness of the risks of problem gambling and provide tips on how to prevent gambling harms. The campaign will highlight responsible gaming tips including setting limits on the amount of time and money one plans to spend gambling, limiting the use of alcohol and other substances while gambling, and reminding the public that gambling is not for those under 21 years old.”
Assembly member Phil Steck said. “For some, gambling is a recreational activity that just involves a fun night out. For others, it can lead to financial ruin for both themselves and their families. This prevention campaign provides the tools to make a plan that allows recreational gamblers to have fun, but also ensure their future financial health.”
New York State Sen. Pete Harckham said. “This timely and necessary initiative from OASAS to educate New Yorkers on problem gambling and where to find help is commendable and will save many New Yorkers from financial ruin and worse.”
The campaign also directs people in need on how to find help, including via the NYS HOPELine and through New York state’s regional problem gambling resource centers.
New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369). Available addiction treatment, including crisis/detox, inpatient, residential or outpatient care, can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at findaddictiontreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website. If you, or a loved one, have experienced insurance obstacles related to treatment or need help filing an appeal for a denied claim, contact the CHAMP helpline by phone at 888-614-5400 or email at [email protected].