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Partnership formed to address problem gambling issues

SCHENECTADY – The New York State Gaming Commission, the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York Council on Problem Gambling today announced the formation of the Responsible Play Partnership to address problem gambling in New York State. 

The Responsible Play Partnership will take on a variety of issues surrounding problem gambling, including ensuring that gaming venues comply with all rules and regulations and undertake proper outreach measures, reevaluating self-exclusion policies across the state to ensure consistency, and considering the best ways to advance New York’s long-term commitment to prevent and treat compulsive gambling.

Robert Williams, Acting Executive Director of the State Gaming Commission said, “This type of relationship is a critical component of the effective regulation of gaming and wagering within the state. We are committed to this endeavor and are proud to launch it as a primary initiative from the Gaming Commission’s onset. The Responsible Play Partnership will be an open, ongoing dialogue across all of New York’s gaming and wagering interests, and we look forward to getting started.”

The Gaming Commission and OASAS have been collaborating on how to best meet the demands posed by problem gambling. The Responsible Play Partnership, which will expand to other partners focused on problem gambling issues across the state, is the first step to ensure consistency in further recognizing and addressing the issue. The New York Council on Problem Gambling is one of many recipients of grant funding from OASAS to address problem gambling.

The Responsible Play Partnership will include the following components:

  • Swift enforcement of age restriction laws
  • Proper resources at facilities to identify and address problem gambling
  • Comprehensive, statewide self-exclusion policy
  • Enhanced outreach and awareness
  • Working group to improve responsible gaming policies and programs