New York Introduces Program to Aid Self-Exclusion from Gambling

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The New York State Gaming Commission has launched a self-voluntary support program to help individuals withdraw from gambling in the state.

The initiative was created in collaboration with the Responsible Play Partnership, the New York Council on Problem Gambling, and the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. It enables players to voluntarily exclude themselves from all forms of gambling in New York.

Any player who registers on the self-exclusion program will not be allowed to participate in any lawful gambling activities in New York. This covers online gambling and land-based casinos in the state.

The program empowers New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) employees with additional responsibilities. These staff members can guide players through the self-exclusion process and assist in filling out the required VSE forms. They can also connect individuals to problem gambling treatment services as well as facilitate counseling, peer support, and recovery services for those seeking help.

The NYCPG operates within the framework of the New York State RPP. It receives support from the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and the New York State Gaming Commission.

Assisting those in need of help through providing care and concern is at the core of what NYCPG does, and the launch of this new program exemplifies that care and concern by breaking down barriers. The new online notary services make it easier for individuals to complete remote VSE, while also connecting to one of our caring staff members who are knowledgeable about the process.

James ManeyNYCPG Executive Director

Response to Rising Problem Gambling Cases

The state introduced the self-exclusion program as a response to the escalation issue of problem gaming within the state over the past years.

According to the research conducted by OASAS in 2020, 4.4% of adults in New York are at risk of gambling disorders, while 0.7% have already reached the criteria for being identified as problem gamblers.

OASAS oversees a robust system of prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery services for those affected by addiction across the state, including problem gambling.Voluntary self-exclusion can be an effective prevention strategy to reduce gambling harms, and this new support program not only provides a way for people to complete the self-exclusion process but also offers an opportunity to connect to OASAS local problem gambling community support services to assist in mitigating further harm.

Dr. Chinazo CunninghamOASAS Commissioner

New York joins other states in the US with self-exclusion programs like New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Michigan.

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