Mental health professionals in Montgomery County have a training opportunity this summer to earn certification to work with people who are pathological gamblers.
“The concept behind the training is that we’re preparing for an increase in problem gambling,” Bill Wharton, spokesman for Public Health - Dayton and & Montgomery County said.
Gambling has expanded across Ohio in just over a year with the opening of casinos in Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Racinos in Cleveland and Columbus also now offer video lottery play. Next year, Dayton joins the action. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, a harness racing track with up to 1,500 video lottery terminals, is under construction and will open next summer.
The Montgomery County Board of Health, on Wednesday, approved the $9,690 contract with Cleveland-based Recovery Resources to provide the training and consulting services for Public Health. The contract covers workshops to be held this summer.
Funding for the training was awarded to Public Health by the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board for Montgomery County. The money is part of $32,945 ADAMHS received in March from the Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services’ first quarterly distribution of the gross casino revenue tax designated for prevention and treatment of gambling addictions.
To learn more or register for the training, call The Center for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Services, 461-5223.