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DDAP Funding for Gambling Disorder Treatment

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has opportunities for Drug and Alcohol or Mental Health providers to enter into a grant agreement for funding to provide outpatient treatment services to people with a Gambling Disorder and their loved ones.

Per the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), problem gambling includes all gambling and gaming behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt, or damage person, family, or vocational pursuits. Problem gambling is an emotional problem that has serious financial consequences. It is estimated that 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling in a given year. While responsible gambling and gaming can occur, a person with a gambling disorder does not gamble responsibly and their behavior interferes with all aspects of their life. Gambling can alter a person’s mood and offer the same effect as a person ingesting drugs or alcohol and over time, the gambler finds themselves developing tolerance and increasing their gambling behaviors to achieve the same emotional effects as before.  In addition, family members and significant others can be severely affected by the gambler’s behaviors and the consequences of problem gambling.

Not all insurances provide benefits for a primary diagnosis of a gambling disorder. When insurances do offer benefits for a gambling disorder, often patients are faced with high deductibles or copays that they are unable to afford due to the financial consequences of a gambling disorder. This is where DDAP can help. As a payor of last resort, DDAP has funds available for treatment services to persons with a gambling disorder and their families or significant other. As a provider with a DDAP grant agreement you will receive reimbursement for outpatient services at $85.00/ per individual session and $35/ per group session.  In addition, you may also receive client referrals from the DDAP website and/or the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline. DDAP has staff dedicated to supporting you as a provider and will assist you along with the required client forms and annual monitoring process.

Free training is available to those who do not currently have a certificate for problem gambling treatment. Trainings are paid for by DDAP and provided by the Council on Compulsive Gambling in Pennsylvania, Inc. and you can visit the DDAP website to register for the Gambling Counselor Certification Level 1 training or call the Training Section at 717-736-7452.

To complete a provider application, log onto the DDAP website and review the qualifications.  Questions regarding the grant and application should be directed to Amy Hubbard or by phone at 717-736-7562.