MAPG Message from the President, March 2009

Member of the Board In the eight years of our existence the MAPG has grown from a handful of concerned professionals to a larger organization of persons whose backgrounds are more diverse, and we are able to provide tangible benefits to our communities. We achieved 501(c)(3) charitable organization status six years ago, affiliated with the National Association on Problem Gambling not long after, and successfully networked with State and community health organizations, gaming industry entities, and others.

Through our efforts and the efforts of those with whom we work, the MAPG has hosted two free half day seminars on problem gambling, participated in the planning (along with the Michigan Dept. of Community Health and the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards) of the first Statewide Conference on Problem Gambling in March of this year, and helped get problem gambling literature and resources more widely available to those who need them most.

MAPG members have made presentations for community and professional groups, colleges and universities, treatment facilities, and other venues. Still we need You. As a diagnosable and treatable illnesses, problem and Pathological gambling remain largely unknown. As a public health issue, problem and Pathological gambling are just now emerging.

If you are a professional already involved in the field, someone working in a related field or the gaming industry, or an individual or family member who wants to know more about problem and Pathological gambling please join us. Together we can learn from each other and bring these devastating illnesses into the light of awareness where individuals and families can get the help they need.

Patrick Witri, MA, LLP, CAAC, Michigan Paneled Provider for Gambling Treatment Services


Annual Dinner and Symposium 2013

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The Michigan Association on Problem Gambling recognizes the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish band of the Potawatomi Indians and Gun Lake Casino, at Wayland for being the first Native American Tribe to join the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling, May, 2011. In addition to becoming a member, they supported the training of their supervisors and other casino employees on how to recognize and respond to patrons for whom gambling is no longer just a form of recreation. We applaud their policy of displaying the MI Gambling Help Line number, 1-800-270-7117, at strategic places throughout the casino and on the back for the player cards.


The Michigan Association on Problem Gambling gratefully acknowledges the efforts of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians and the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, to assist problem gamblers by training their supervisory staff to recognize problems and refer those in need to appropriate resources.


Mission Statement:

Offer education, prevention, advocacy, research, treatment and support to individuals, families, and professionals surrounding the issues and challenges of problem gambling.

MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION
ON PROBLEM GAMBLING

5651 Bunker Rd.
Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827
Michigan Gambling
517-242-0655

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