The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling, an
affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling, is a
non-profit organization created in 1993. The primary mission of the
WCPG is to educate and promote public understanding of problem
gambling and the disorder of compulsive gambling. WCPG maintains
neutrality on the issue of legalized gambling. Its efforts are
WCPG was formed in 1993 by a group of counselors, recovering
compulsive gamblers, educators, and concerned citizens. While it is
located in Green Bay, it has a statewide membership, a statewide
board of directors, and a statewide mission. In January 1994, WCPG
became one of 35 councils currently affiliated with the National
Council on Problem Gambling, Inc. of Washington, D.C.
In 1995, WCPG received a one-time $25,000 challenge grant from
the Cornerstone Foundation in Green Bay to help pay costs of
establishing and operating a statewide, toll-free 1-800 Helpline
for problem gamblers and their families. Callers to the Helpline
can receive printed gambling specific information and can be
referred to area Gamblers Anonymous Meetings and referred to area
providers that are trained specifically in treating the addiction
of compulsive gambling.
During 1996, training programs were developed to train
professionals in the treatment of compulsive gambling and to enable
them to become a referral source for the WCPG Helpline.
1997 showed an increasing need for the services provided by the
Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. Calls to the Helpline
increased as well as the requests for public speaking and
The State of Wisconsin provided the Wisconsin Council on Problem
Gambling a grant in 1998 to implement a public awareness campaign
on the issue of compulsive gambling.
The WCPG continues its compulsive gambilng awareness programs.
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The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling provides resources,
public awareness, and education on gambling disorders while
maintaining strict neutrality on the issue of legalized