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Government expanding services for problem gamblers

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The BC government is making the biggest boost to help gambling addicts in more than 10 years.

$1.2 million is going to expand services to meet the changing needs of at-risk and online gamblers.

That includes counselling, outreach to high-risk populations, and community training for prevention and support.

The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch will be increasing the number of off-site services while the BCLC is expanding the GameSense Advisor program.

That includes hiring more advisors for all 18 community gaming centres in BC.

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Under the new model BCLC is taking on full responsibility, including the cost of GameSense.

Last year, GPEB’s treated nearly 1,400 people with a gambling problem, which it believes is only a fraction of the number of people who have issues with gambling.

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