Gamblers Assistance Program
Signs and Symptoms
Recent legislation (LB6) was passed into law that transfers the Gamblers Assistance Program (GAP) from administration under DHHS to an independent Commission located within the Department of Revenue effective July 1, 2013. This law mandates the transition of authority for the administration of the publicly funded problem gambling service system in Nebraska and also includes the training program and certification of problem gambling counselors. For interim questions regarding GAP, please leave a message with the Nebraska Department of Revenue at 1-877-564-1315 or 402-471-5937 after July 1, 2013.
What is Problem Gambling?
- Problem gambling is getting involved in unsafe gambling acts that badly affect a person’s well being. This may include problems with how people close to the person are treated, family, finances, social matters and vocational pursuits.
- Pathological gambling is an increasing disorder marked by an on-going or periodic loss of control over gambling behavior; always thinking about gambling and with getting money to go gambling; not thinking straight; and a doing the same things over again no matter what happens.
Indicators of Compulsive Gambling:
- Increase in time spent gambling
- Working up special occasions for gambling (canceling other plans)
- Exaggerated display of money and other possessions
- Gambling when there is a crisis
- Frequent absences from home and work
- Withdrawal from family
- Diversion of family funds
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