To raise awareness and increase the capacity of service providers in the advocacy, prevention, intervention and treatment of women experiencing problems and those impacted by them.
It is estimated that 3-5% of the general population are problem gamblers and one-third of those are women. Women now constitute the fastest growing group of Connecticut residents seeking help for their gambling problems. Two-thirds of women who seek help for problem gambling are between the ages of 40-60. Although women often begin gambling later in life than men, gambling problems tend to develop much sooner. Women are also finding themselves increasingly impacted by the gambling problems of their partners, dependent children and elderly parents. As the acceptance of gambling has increased and become more accessible, women have been swept up into the gambling current.
In response to the dramatic increase in women seeking assistance for a gambling problem, a number of helping services professionals began to meet and discuss the need for raising awareness around gambling. The focus was to address the impact of gambling on women, including women who gamble as well as those who are impacted by the gambling behaviours of those they care about.
The Connecticut Womens’ Problem Gambling Project is the result of these initial discussions, and this website is a compilation of who we are and what we do. We invite you to click on areas of interest and let us know your comments and questions. Please contact us if you would like to receive quarterly updates or attend our meetings.
CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
CT Prevention Network of Regional Action Councils
CT Council on Problem Gambling
CT Council on Family Services
CT Department of Social Services
CT Lottery Corporation
CT Multicultural Learning Institute
CT Women’s Consortium
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
Mohegan Sun Casino
Mohegan Tribal Council
United Children and Family Services Bettor Choice Treatment Programs
Wheeler Clinic Bettor Choice Treatment Program