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The Queens PGRC would like to thank Mrs. Dillon from Eagle Academy in Queens for such an informative conversation. The school has found that the students who gamble daily tend to have caretakers who partake in daily scratch offs and lotto. This is a unique community where a large percentage of grandparents are taking care of their middle school aged grandchildren. Biological parents are not the caretakers for various reasons. It could be anything from incarceration to just not being around. We spoke about families that did not have any money for food but made certain that there was money for a scratch off. We learned that these children have learned to use gambling with their peers as a way to make money for snacks to eat.
The Queens PGRC would like to thank Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and Leah Kaufman of Shatterproof for inviting us to present at the Queens Consortium. OASAS and Shatterproof are developing a standardized quality management system for addiction treatment programs. This new initiative will take strides to educate the public on high quality treatment and seeks to foster a culture of continued quality improvement. We are excited to be present at such a groundbreaking moment and look forward to continuing the conversation of including problem gambling and gambling addictions to the table.
The Queens PGRC is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling. The Queens PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling in Queens through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.
The Queens PGRC is dedicated to the positive transformation of lives harmed by problem gambling. This vision of transformation includes individuals with a gambling problem as well as their families and communities. With a focus on supporting the individual and reducing barriers to care, the Queens PGRC is truly the premier center for providing problem gambling services in Queens, NY.