Volume XII, Issue XXXV - April 2019

From: Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery


In our commitment to expand access to gambling treatment services across the state, the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) is offering the Problem and Compulsive Gambling Certification (PCGC) training on May 6-10, 2019 for all clinical practitioners of substance use disorders and mental health disorders who are interested in providing services for individuals suffering from gambling disorders, including current holders of the PCGC. This training will qualify practitioners to provide gambling disorder treatment services to those individuals and their families in need of this service. IDHS/SUPR will sponsor the cost of attending the training for staff that are currently employed at IDHS/SUPR licensed, funded organizations. Practitioners who register and complete this course will be added to the referral list on the Gambling Helpline (1-800-GAMBLER) and the Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances (833-2FINDHELP).

Morneau Shepell, who has been providing training and technical assistance to funded IDHS/SUPR gambling services providers will be coordinating the training. The curriculum covers assessment, case planning, case management, monitoring, counseling, and advocacy and accounts for a total of 30 CEU's. The course is designed to assist clinicians in preparing to test for certification in the field.

The 30-hour course will be taught over five consecutive days and will take place on May 6-10, 2019. The sessions will take place at the University of Illinois at Springfield:

One University Plaza
2200 Ernest Hemmingway Drive (Conference Room PAC G, first level of the Public Affairs Center)
Springfield, IL 62703

Organizations will be reimbursed by IDHS/SUPR for costs related to staff attending this training, specifically registration fees, lodging, travel, and per diem. These costs will be based on the rate scale currently recognized by the State of Illinois. Agencies will be responsible for submitting to IDHS/SUPR the names of attendees and all receipts related to the above approved costs by May 24, 2019. All requests for reimbursement must include receipts. Requests will not be processed without receipts. A copy of the registration brochure may be downloaded at: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=117443. Although the registration form does list the $100 fee, that fee has been waived. Providers are not required to have a contract for Gambling Services to be eligible for this waiver - all IDHS/SUPR licensed, funded providers are eligible.

Later this month, IDHS/SUPR will issue a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for SFY20 to expand gambling services in the Central and Southern regions of the state (DHS regions 3, 4 and 5). Attendance at this training provides organizations with an opportunity to ensure their staff are qualified to deliver these services, and therefore, be eligible to apply for the NOFO.

If you have any additional questions about the training, you may contact:

Robby Fuqua, Training Coordinator
Morneau Shepell
134 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60602
(773) 984-4818
(312) 726-1061 Fax


Gajef McNeil, Contract Manager
333 Potomac Boulevard, Suite F
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 241-6866
(618) 242-9671 Fax