The year 2017 was the 19th year of our Compulsive Gambling
Public Awareness Campaign. It was our 24th year in
operation and the 22nd year of the 24-hour Helpline. The Council
continued to see tremendous growth during the past year.
The Public Awareness Campaign contains six different project
areas used to enhance the awareness of Problem and Compulsive
Gambling. These areas include the 24-hour Helpline,
Mini-grants for Community-Based Activities, High School Educational
Curriculum, Statewide Compulsive Gambling Awareness Conference, our
Public Relations Media Awareness Campaign, and the Training of
Human Service Professionals.
24 Hour Helpline
The Helpline received 12,674 calls in 2017 with the highest
month of calls being February with 1,205 calls. We continue
to receive many hits to our website annually. We received 9084 web
hits in 2017. The highest month was March with 1,048
hits. The average debt amount of calls to the Helpline was
$34,078. However, many people refuse to divulge this
information and are confused about their indebtedness. Area
code 414 received the most calls. During the year 2017, 755
referrals were made and 63 packets of information were sent.
The chat line received 45 chats and the text line received 25
The WCPG provides an Outreach Program. This program provides
educational sessions to high school students around the state. The
goal of the program is to provide education and awareness on
gambling disorders. Students learn the definitions of gambling, the
risks associated with gambling, the warning signs and how to get
help for themselves or others. Presentations in
schools throughout the state continue. WCPG hired a part-time
Outreach Coordinator to increase awareness in schools throughout
Wisconsin. The Outreach program reached 2,330 students through 83
classes in 2017.
State Wide Compulsive Gambling
The WCPG hosted its 18th Annual Wisconsin Council on Problem
Gambling Statewide Conference on March 23-24, 2017 at the Osthoff
Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. One hundred thirty people
attended the two day conference.
Training of Human Service
We have been able to provide one Phase I through Phase IV
training sessions and a Phase III and IV at Concordia University
during 2017. Three intro trainings were also held throughout the
state. Two-hundred seventy-nine training units were provided
through our training sessions. Approximately 300 attendees
participated in other trainings and workshops throughout 2017.
WCPG will be hosting several intro trainings and Phase I-IV
We continue to develop a list of all persons/agencies within the
state of Wisconsin qualified to provide training, education,
treatment or public information at various levels, for use by such
groups as Employee Assistance Programs, human resource personnel,
AODA personnel, school counselors, treatment providers and civic
and church groups.
As part of the media awareness campaign, the following has been
accomplished or continues:
The mini-grant program continues. Mini-grants help to
enhance the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling public awareness
The mini-grant information has been placed on our website so
more organizations can become aware of the program.
Potawatomi Bingo Casino
Through the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Sponsorship we were able to
provide Phase I through Phase IV in the Milwaukee area.
The Potawatomi funding also provides assistance for the operation
of the 24-hour Helpline and Conference 2017 sponsorship.
WCPG had a very challenging and productive 2017. We will
continue to move forward in all of our endeavors and we look
forward to continuing and expanding our programs in the year
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