Two Model Programs

Problem Gambling Services (PGS) currently funds and supports two ongoing programs that have been recognized as "promising programs" by the "Service to Science" program through the New England Center for Applied Prevention Technology (NECAPT) which is funded by SAMSHA (the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Admministration). "GAMES" (Gambling Awareness in Monroe through Educating our Students), is a comprehensive community-based problem gambling awareness program which began in Monroe, Connecticut in 2000 and received its' first Service to Science award in 2005. "Taking Charge" is a multi-session group curriculum which was first developed as an expansion of the one session "Beat Addiction" program.

While the focus of GAMES is for all students at Masuk High School and the general Monroe community at-large, "Taking Charge" is designed for small groups of young people considered "at-risk" for developing gambling and/or other problem behaviors. It is offered in middle and high schools throughout the state of Connecticut and received its' first Service to Science award is 2006.

Problem Gambling Services partners with local Regional Action Councils (RACs) to develop community and school-based problem gambling prevention programs. RYASAP (Regional Youth and Adult Substance Abuse Prevention) is our partner with "GAMES", and the Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council (LFCRAC) is our partner with "Taking Charge".

To be recognized as a "promising program" means that the program is working towards a scientific evaluation of the program results over time, and that with enough "science-based" research and evaluation a program can complete an extensive application and be considered for inclusion in the National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs (NREPP). It takes several years of gathering and analyzing data to get to this place, and it takes significant monies and other resources to make this happen.

To learn more about these programs and how you can contact them for more information, click on the "Promising Prevention Programs" PowerPoint below.

Promising Prevention Programs

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