Archive for Monday, March 12, 2012

Few people using Kansas fund for problem gamblers

March 12, 2012, 6:59 p.m.

Updated: March 14, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

Topeka — State officials want to raise awareness of a fund that helps people with gambling addictions, which is getting little use.

Just over 100 Kansans have sought help from the fund in the year since it became available. It gets 2 percent of gaming revenues from state-owned casinos.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the fund has just more than $3.5 million for this fiscal year and is projected to have $7.3 million in the fiscal year 2013 budget.

Paul Hahn is the problem gambling services coordinator for the state. He said the state knows the need for treatment is high but is concerned residents aren't aware the fund is available.

The fund provides 12 counseling sessions for gambling addicts.

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