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July 13, 2016
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, July 13, 2016 — EPI is pleased to announce a new project to design and conduct an evaluation to determine the need for gambling addiction treatment services in Colorado. Working with the Colorado Department of Human Services—Office of Behavioral Health, this evaluation will measure the supply and demand of gambling addiction treatment services and the financing structures for these services throughout the State of Colorado. Research shows that inadequate access and participation in addiction services can lead to higher rates of pre-treatment attrition, enhanced negative secondary effects (e.g. increased risk of substance abuse, increased risk of crime rates, and lower rates of employment), and social stigmatization (Pascoe et al. 2013). According to the 2013 National Survey of Problem Gambling Services, for those states that invested into problem gambling services, Colorado fell on the lowest end of the spectrum. Colorado invested $0.01 per capita while Delaware, at the high end of the spectrum, invested $1.42 per capita. The average per capita expenditure for those states that invested in problem gambling services was $0.32 (Problem Gambling Services, Inc., 2014).
The findings of this evaluation will be used to inform Colorado policymakers and stakeholders funding and prevalence of gambling addiction services.
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