DCP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF STATE SELF-EXCLUSION LIST AND ENCOURAGES RESPONSIBLE GAMING BEFORE INDUSTRY EXPANSION
SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 – The Department of Consumer Protection is launching a statewide portal for consumers to voluntarily opt out of the opportunity to participate in gambling activities in Connecticut.
The Department, along with partners in the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Council on Problem Gaming, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and Mohegan Tribe, are also encouraging consumers to check out the signs. problem gambling and to practice responsible gambling habits once the industry opens up to include both retail and online betting.
âWe know there is a lot of excitement around launching a larger gaming industry in Connecticut,â said DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. âWhile it can be a form of entertainment that many people can enjoy, for others it can be a harmful addiction. The ability to voluntarily exclude yourself from these activities is one of the many tools available to help you. We encourage everyone to learn about the signs of problem gambling and to use the many resources available if you think you or someone you love may be addicted.
“Connecticut is poised to embark on a new future in sports betting and gambling, and with these new programs come renewed responsibilities for the state government,” said Governor Ned Lamont. “We have worked diligently to have strong arrangements to ensure that our self-exclusion policy is effective and provides the opportunity for individuals to take appropriate action to hold themselves accountable.”
âDMHAS has a strong network of vendors with expertise in problem gambling who can help disseminate relevant information related to responsible gambling tools and safety measures, such as self-exclusion,â said Interim Commissioner of DMHAS Nancy Navarretta. âWe are working in conjunction with some of the country’s leading experts who will provide technical assistance and training to support and address any emerging needs that may arise. The Department is proud to work closely with the DCP, CCPG and other stakeholders to serve as a partner and resource.
“In the problem gambling community, self-exclusion is an essential step in helping addicts,” said Diana Goode, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. âBy creating a barrier to participation, it gives recovering people much needed respite from triggers and reduces the likelihood of relapse. We hope to continue to work together to extend self-exclusion to all types of gambling to protect all players in CT.
âResponsible gaming has been a long-standing core value of the CT Lottery,â said Christopher Davis, Head of Government Relations and Responsible Gaming, CT Lottery. “We are committed to helping our players stay healthy and to encourage anyone at risk for developing a gambling disorder to take advantage of the many resources available in Connecticut, including the new voluntary self-exclusion program and the line. assistance from CCPG. ”
âFostering a safe and responsible gaming experience for our gaming community is a top priority for the Mashantucket Pequot and Foxwoods Tribal Nation,â said Anika Howard, Vice President, Brand and Digital Marketing, Foxwoods Resort Casino. âIn addition to working with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, alongside DraftKings, we are committing millions of dollars to promote safer gambling initiatives and leverage technology, employee training and evidence-based research to improve these efforts. We will continue to provide the tools to ensure our customers play responsibly at our online resort and remain committed to supporting the development of gambling awareness and prevention programs. â
“We are committed to preventing problem gambling and we make it a priority to have helpful guides on our property and accessible on MoheganSun.com,” said Ray Pineault, President and CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE). âTo further ensure responsible gambling, Mohegan Sun works closely with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and also has our own self-exclusion program. Our online gaming products, which will be a collaboration between MGE and FanDuel, will also have built-in tools to help customers enjoy this type of gaming responsibly. We look forward to continuing work with the State of Connecticut on this important topic. “
The portal is now available on ct.gov/autoexclusion. Other resources on problem gambling are available at ct.gov/gaming.
If you think that you or someone you know is having a problem with the game, you can take advantage of these game resources:
- The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling offers trained helpline specialists who connect callers to free and immediate support and treatment options in Connecticut.
- Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction Services
- The National Problem Gambling Hotline is available at 800.522.4700.
- Gamblers Anonymous (www.gamblersanonymous.org)
- Gam-Anon (www.gam-anon.org) is a support organization for the spouse, family or close friends of problem gamblers.
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