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SR-91 (2017-2018)

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Enrolled  March 20, 2018
Passed  IN  Senate  March 19, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Resolution No. 91


Introduced by Senators Dodd, Berryhill, Bradford, Cannella, Gaines, Galgiani, Glazer, Hill, Hueso, Lara, Portantino, and Vidak

March 08, 2018


Relative to Problem Gambling Awareness Month


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SR 91, Dodd.

WHEREAS, The month of March 2018 is recognized as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month by the National Council on Problem Gambling, which was established in 1972, and its 33 state affiliates, including the California Council on Problem Gambling, which was established in 1986; and
WHEREAS, “Gambling disorder” is not only an addiction, but also a public health issue in which some problem gamblers experience both physical and mental health issues. During the 2015–16 fiscal year, hypertension and diabetes were the most common cooccuring physical health problem among gamblers served in the California state-funded gambling treatment program, while mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, were the most commonly reported cooccuring mental health issues; and
WHEREAS, “Gambling disorder” is a treatable disease, and treatment is effective in minimizing the harm to individuals, families, and society as a whole. The Office of Problem Gambling and the UCLA Gambling Studies Program currently operate the California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS), which, since 2010, has provided treatment services to over 13,000 problem gamblers and others affected by a gambling disorder. CalGETS offers a wide array of services ranging from self-help workbooks, telephone counseling, and outpatient and residential care; and
WHEREAS, “Gambling disorder” is classified by the American Psychiatric Association as an addiction with similarities to the causes and consequences of alcohol and drug dependence, and is also recognized as the “hidden disease,” as disordered gamblers do not exhibit visible signs of the addiction; and
WHEREAS, The Office of Problem Gambling’s awareness campaign promotes hope and self-empowerment when seeking treatment for a gambling disorder; and
WHEREAS, The Bureau of Gambling Control within the Department of Justice, the California Gambling Control Commission, the California State Lottery, California Friday Night Live Partnership, California Gaming Association, Media Solutions, NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse, and the UCLA Gambling Studies Program have joined the Office of Problem Gambling within the State Department of Public Health and the California Council on Problem Gambling to raise awareness and urge Californians: “Don’t Ignore the Signs” of gambling disorder; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate recognizes the month of March 2018 as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in California and commends the agencies and organizations described above for their concerted effort to raise public awareness of problem gambling; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for distribution.