Volume XIII, Issue XXXVII - May 2020

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

New Dedicated Gambling Programs Across the State

The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) is pleased to welcome our newest Dedicated Gambling Program award recipients. We congratulate these organizations and welcome them to the current group of dedicated gambling programs that assist IDHS/SUPR with the expansion of outreach and treatment services for people who suffer from gambling disorders.

The new group of nine awardees bring years of experience working with substance use and mental health disorders in the communities where they serve. We look forward to collaborating with each organization as they expand their services to include gambling.

Out of the nine new recipients, five will provide community outreach services only, while the additional four will provide both gambling treatment services and community outreach services.

The organizations funded to only provide community outreach services will provide aggressive outreach to populations and areas of the state that are most impacted by the expansion of gambling in Illinois. These organizations will use their expertise in their communities to aggressively reach populations that are at risk for gambling disorder due to geographic, demographic, cultural and/or economic factors and may be underserved due to these factors.

The IDHS/SUPR licensed organizations will establish programs that specifically address gambling disorders through screening, assessment, treatment, case management and recovery support. These organizations will also provide aggressive community outreach through education and awareness related to gambling.

The addition of these providers expands gambling disorder services and community awareness to the Central, Northwest, Southern and Chicagoland areas of the state. Each provider will begin serving their communities July 1, 2020.

Organizations providing community outreach services:

  • Cultivadores-Cultivators (Champaign County)
  • Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (Cook, Madison, Livingston and Winnebago Counties)
  • Illinois Council on Problem Gambling (Statewide)
  • Kenneth Young Center (Cook, DuPage, Kane and Lake Counties)
  • Midwest Asian Health Association (Cook County)

Organizations providing treatment and community outreach services:

  • Gateway Foundation, Inc. (St. Clair County)
  • Jasper County Health Department (Jasper and Richland Counties)
  • McDermott Center (Cook County)
  • The South Suburban Council, Inc. (Cook, DuPage, Will, Grundy and Kankakee Counties)

For statewide service locations, please visit https://weknowthefeeling.org/support/.

If your organization is interested in becoming a dedicated gambling provider, please contact Kellie.Gage@illinois.gov.