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Department of Mental Health Launches Problem Gambling Support Site 

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Press Release


For Immediate Release: July 2, 2024

Media Contact:  
Alex Frantz, Communications Director 
Vermont Department of Mental Health 

Department of Mental Health Launches Problem Gambling Support Site 

Waterbury, VT – The Vermont Department of Mental Health is proud to announce the launch of a new website designed to assist individuals and families affected by problem gambling. The new site,, serves as a valuable resource for those seeking immediate assistance and support for problems related to gambling, as well as those looking to promote healthy and responsible gaming behaviors. 

Over 11,600 Vermont residents are estimated to be struggling with a gambling problem. provides new and vital support services to Vermont Lottery and Vermont Mobile Sports Wagering players. Key features of the website include: 

  • 24/7 Helpline: Immediate assistance through the problem gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER, staffed by trained professionals. 
  • Live Chat: A live chat feature available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, staffed by problem gambling peer specialists. 
  • Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program: A program allowing mobile sports wagering players to opt out of playing for self-selected periods. 
  • Recognizing the signs of problem gambling: Tools to help individuals assess their gambling behavior and determine if they need help. 
  • Treatment Options: Access to referrals for various treatment options available in Vermont, including counseling and support groups. 

"Problem gambling can deeply affect mental health, finances, and family dynamics," said Elliott McElroy, the newly appointed DMH Responsible Gaming Program Coordinator. "This website offers a space for individuals to find the resources and care they need to navigate problem gambling behavior or learn about gaming responsibly." 

Vermont treatment providers can use ‘For Providers’ page to learn more about upcoming free trainings to become certified problem gambling specialists. The Vermont Problem Gambling Clinical Training offers a free 10-session, 30-hour course to develop skills in gambling disorder assessment, treatment, and recovery support. Participants can earn up to 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) — 3 CEUs per live class attended — while learning from award-winning experts.  

"As millions of Americans grapple with gambling addiction and millions more face the risk, these services are vital in promoting responsible gaming practices within our communities and providing support to individuals affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction," emphasizes DMH Medical Director, Dr. Kelley Klein. "We are thrilled to have launched this site and optimistic about the resources it will provide to Vermonters." 

For more information and to access the new website, visit Vermont Gambling Help


About the Department of Mental Health 

Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) has a critical mission to improve the conditions and well-being of all Vermonters across the state and protect those who cannot protect themselves.