PVFF is awarded grant for gambling treatment


First Posted: 10/2/2014

ALLEN COUNTY — Allen County will see some of Ohio’s newly awarded $1.23 million in grant funding to prevent and treat “problem gambling” throughout the state.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and its partners in Ohio for Responsible Gambling announced 13 grant-funded projects designed to ensure that “effective, science-based strategies are in place to prevent problem gambling and to help Ohioans struggling with gambling disorder,” according to a news release from OhioMHAS.

The $1.23 million in funding for the grants stems from a portion of the Problem Casino Gambling and Addictions fund, established by the amendment that originally allowed Ohio to have casinos. The news release stated the grants will help create and implement ways to prevent and treat gambling addictions.

In Allen County, the Partnership for Violence-Free Families will recieve $30,000 toward its mission. According to the organization’s website, an eight-hour course is offered through the program which “helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. The course trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.”

The organization holds a group meeting that targets gambling issues, to help people realize that an addiction to gambling can be very costly both monetarily and in relationships with others.

The group meetsfrom 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the offices of the group, 309 W. High St. There is no registration or cost.

Partnership for Violence-Free Families will use the $30,000 awarded to have two staff members certified to facilitate the Stacked Deck Prevention Program for youth ages 13 to 17. The program will attempt to prevent problem gambling. For any youth or serving agencies that would like to host the program, call Donna Dickman at 419-549-8530.