Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Problem Gambling Awareness Month at KCKCC starts in March

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The month of March has officially been proclaimed “Problem Gambling Awareness Month” on the Kansas City Kansas Community College campus.

KCKCC President Dr. Doris Given signed a proclamation partnering the college with the Northeast Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force in its mission to raise awareness of and provide the education to individuals, families and communities to reduce the harmful effects of problem gambling.

The task force is made up of KCKCC students, community members and treatment counselors.

Noting that problem gambling is a public health issue affecting tens of thousands of Kansans of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds in all communities at significant societal and economic cost, the proclamation emphasizes that nonetheless problem gambling is “treatable and treatment is effective in minimizing the harm to both individuals and society as a whole.”

It is also emphasized that numerous individuals, professional and organizations are dedicated to the education of the public about problem gambling and the availability and effectiveness of treatment. Different activities throughout the month of March will be scheduled on campus as part of Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

The state of Kansas offers no-cost treatment to individuals who struggle with gambling, family members, and concerned others.  For more information go to or call 1-800-522-4700.