About The New York Council on Problem Gambling
The New York Council on Problem Gambling is a not-for-profit independent corporation dedicated to increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling and advocating for support services and treatment for persons adversely affected by problem gambling. NYCPG maintains a neutral stance on gambling and is governed by a Board of Directors.
In 1972, the Board of Trustees of Gamblers Anonymous in the New York City area requested their Spiritual Advisor, Monsignor Dunne, establish a Council on Compulsive Gambling to do what they could not do because of anonymity- call national attention to the increasing problem of compulsive gambling in the United States. The National Council on Problem Gambling was founded at that time and in 1975, was chartered as a nonprofit organization.
Initially organized by an alliance of health professionals and recovering gamblers, the National Council benefited from the work of pioneers such as Dr. Robert Custer and Monsignor Joseph Dunne of New York. Until the National Council decided to relocate its headquarters to Washington, D.C., the National Council and NYCPG were in essence one and the same. In fact, money was provided by the New York State Office of Mental Health to maintain the National Council on Problem Gambling Helpline. NYCPG was formally incorporated in 1995.
Today, NYCPG is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and works with various organizations, stakeholders and government entities to:
- Produce and disseminate information leading to increased recognition, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.
- Conduct and publicly support research activities to establish and document areas of need.
- Provide training tools to healthcare and other professionals for the purpose of assessing and treating persons with gambling-related problems.
- Foster expanded and improved services for residents adversely affected by gambling.
- Assist industry and business leaders in developing customer- and employee-based problem gambling awareness programs.
- Conduct workshops and conferences.
NYCPG strives to meet the ongoing and evolving need to address problem gambling in NYS as gambling and the associated problems continue to expand in various forms throughout the state.