Partnership to Provide National Problem Gambling Services Survey in the US

National Association of Administrators of Disordered Gambling Services join with Kindbridge, Entain Foundation US and EPIC Risk Management to conduct largest problem gambling analysis since 2016.

Kindbridge is proud to announce newly-formed partnerships with the National Association of Administrators of Disordered Gambling Services (NAADGS), Entain Foundation US and EPIC Risk Management, to conduct a national 3-year problem gambling services survey in the US.

The 2021 National Survey of Problem Gambling Services will take a deep dive into the intricacies, extent, and nature of problem gambling services in all 50 states, the magnitude of which has not been surveyed since 2016. 

This data will be used and cited to properly inform legislation on both federal and state levels, establish state-by-state profiles of on-the-ground efforts to combat problem gambling, and provide insights about what more can be done in this space to administer vital resources to those most at-risk. The contemporary survey will be even more comprehensive than its predecessor because of these unique partnerships.

Daniel Umfleet, Founder and CEO of Kindbridge, says: “This piece of research is incredibly important for state legislatures, regulators, and industry stakeholders to better understand what the treatment and services infrastructure looks like across the country. It will give all of us working on solutions for people with gambling problems an appropriate road map to collaboratively build the necessary support functions as sports betting, esports, and online gambling become woven into the fabric of everyday gambling practice in the US.” 

Brianne Doura-Schawohl, VP of US Policy and Strategic Development at EPIC Risk Management, says: “When we first began formulating these partnerships, I knew that these organizations would be stronger together because we share the same goals to provide better research, prevention, treatment, and recovery for those who suffer from problem gambling. For years, EPIC has been the leading organization globally for gambling awareness and prevention, but nothing with this depth or scale has been accomplished in the US before. Now, through the shared synergies of our new partners, such scale is achievable. We’re very enthusiastic to hit the ground running here in the States.” 

“The Entain Foundation US is proud to have become a lead sponsor of the 2021 National Survey,” says Martin Lycka, Senior VP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling and Trustee of the Entain Foundation. “The survey is designed to gather the most comprehensive information about responsible gambling services available in the United States. It will help the still young US online gambling market achieve the long-term success it deserves in a sustainable fashion.”

Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, President of NAADGS, notes: “As the state administrators for problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery support for those individuals and families affected by harms from gambling, we know that every state needs to have a strong foundation of services for those affected. This survey will provide a valuable picture of how states are funding these services and where gaps exist.” 

The unprecedented depth and granularity of the 2021 National Survey of Problem Gambling Services will arm both federal and state-level policy makers with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about problem gambling in the US.

About Kindbridge 
Kindbridge is the world’s first teletherapy company focused specifically on the successful treatment of gamblers and gamers struggling with their mental health. Its mission is to build the largest network of mental health treatment providers in the US who focus on high-quality specialist care for these communities.

About EPIC Risk Management
EPIC Risk Management is a globally-leading independent gambling harm minimization consultancy. Working across the highest risk sectors for gambling-related harm, EPIC has worked in 23 countries on ground-breaking harm minimization programs, world-leading responsible gambling training, and class-leading advisory. EPIC draws on lived experience to help individuals and organizations across financial services, elite sport, the military, criminal justice, education, and the gambling industry to minimize the risks posed by gambling harm. 

About National Association of Administrators of Disordered Gambling Services (NAADGS)
NAADGS is a national membership organization of state administrators of public funds for problem gambling services. The organization was formed in 2000 to support the development of services that will reduce the impact of problem gambling in the United States.  Central to this mission, NAADGS (formerly known as APGSA) conducts the only national survey of problem gambling services in the United States, providing information on funding, types of services, administrative structures, state profiles, and state contacts. NAADGS began conducting national problem gambling service surveys in 2006.

About Entain Foundation US
The Entain Foundation is a first-of-its-kind non-profit dedicated to promoting responsible gambling, sports integrity, and corporate compliance in the US.  The Foundation was launched by the Entain Global Foundation and Entain Plc, one of the world’s largest sports betting and gaming groups, operating both online and in the retail sector.