Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Allegheny County Not Ready For Gambling Addiction

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh say there are not enough gambling addiction counselors to serve the potential increase in clients when the slots casino opens in Pittsburgh. In an effort to help, the Pitt Department of continuing education will begin to offer training for counselors. Department Director Tracy Soska says he had hoped to be able to benchmark the level of gambling addiction in the region before the casino opened but was never able to find the funding. A portion of the money raised through the sale of the casino licenses was set aside to help social service providers create and grown gambling addiction treatment and prevention programs.

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