Gamblers Assistance Program
Treatment & Counseling

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.

In 1992, the State of Nebraska established the Gamblers Assistance Program (GAP). GAP Providers offer many services for problem gamblers and their family members. Outpatient counseling is given in individual, group and family settings. Individual plans are set in place mostly focusing on the following areas:

  • Finding hope
  • Reducing financial pressure
  • Regaining self-esteem
  • Coping with guilt, shame, and remorse
  • Stopping gambling
  • Coping with urges and cravings to gamble
  • Developing health relationships
  • Regaining trust and becoming trustworthy
  • Returning to rational thinking