Who We Are

History

Our mission is to coordinate advocacy, education, prevention, hope and treatment options for problem gambling in the community. We maintain a neutral stance with respect to the pros and cons of gambling and instead focus our efforts on increasing awareness regarding helping those impacted by gambling to receive the help they need.

The South Central Kansas Task Force is one of 3 regional Task Forces formed for this purpose. We represent an 8 county area in South Central Kansas, which includes Sedgwick, Butler, Reno, Harper, Harvey, Cowley, and Sumner counties. Each Task Force is made up of volunteers from their local community.

The South Central Kansas Task Force was formed in 2010. We receive a yearly grant from non taxpayer monies collected from the net revenues brought in by the 3 state owned casinos. Two percent of those revenues are allocated for prevention, education and treatment of problem gambling and other addictions.

Some of the services we provide are yearly trainings to assist area providers in maintaining their certification to work with problem gamblers, community awareness activities such as booths and presentations on topics regarding problem gambling and its effects, and promoting the Kansas Gambling Helpline where gamblers or others impacted by a someone’s gambling can access counselling and treatment services at no out-of-pocket cost.

To join our Task force contact us at sckpgnewsletter@gmail.com .

Monthly Meeting Time and Location


Click on the map above to see a larger map of where the meetings are held. The monthly meeting is held on the 3rd Friday of every month at 4:30 P.M.

What We Do

Presentations and Training

Training Objectives

Training received continues a prevention campaign to address gambling related problems. This will be accomplished through education and public awareness.

  • Participants will explore their own attitudes and beliefs about persons who experience problems with gambling.
  • Participants will recognize the signs and symptoms of problem gambling.
  • Participants will understand the magnitude and seriousness of problem gambling.
  • Participants will understand the various types of gamblers, the phases of pathological gambling and will be able to describe various means of gambling.
  • Participants will practice presenting and problem solving in a role-playing environment during some training events.

Training Outcomes

Participants will leave the training prepared to provide presentations to clubs, churches, schools, civic, professional and business groups for various lengths of time.

Participants will be provided with a presentation packet containing multiple options for presentations.

Community Outreach

South Central Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force was formed to address emerging issues associated with problem gambling. We work collaboratively with other organizations and are neither for nor against gambling. Our mission is to educate the public on the risks associated with gambling and inform those who are affected by their or someone else’s gambling that help is available at no-out-of-pocket cost.

Each year our members identify at-risk populations and develop projects to engage those individuals who might be at risk. In the past this has included presenting trainings to various sectors on problem gambling or manning booths at health fairs. We organize an annual mini-conference to educate counselors and others on how to recognize and treat problem gambling. We’ve produced PSA spots and engaged youth through a Problem Gambling Awareness Calendar in which middle schoolers submitted posters to highlight issues related to problem gambling. We highlighted current problem gambling issues in an e-newsletter that was distributed to legislators, city councilmen, and county commissioners.

Our goal is to continue this mission, to inform, educate, treat, and hopefully prevent problem gambling. We serve an eight county area in southcentral Kansas that includes: Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Reno, Sedgwick, and Sumner counties. We invite you to join us in our efforts by emailing us at sckpgnewsletter@gmail.com.

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