EPIC Risk Management named partners in National Problem Gambling Services Survey in the US

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EPIC Risk Management is proud to announce newly formed partnerships with the National Association of Administrators of Disordered Gambling Services (NAADGS), Kindbridge, and Entain Foundation US to conduct a national 3-year problem gambling survey in the US.

The 2021 National Survey of Problem Gambling Services will take a deep dive into the intricacies, extent, and nature of problem gambling in all 50 states, the magnitude of which has not been surveyed since 2016.

This data will be used and cited to properly inform legislation on both federal and state levels, establish state-by-state profiles of on-the-ground efforts to combat problem gambling, and provide insights about what more can be done in this space to administer vital resources to those most at-risk. The contemporary survey will be even more comprehensive than its predecessor because of these unique partnerships.

"When we first began formulating these partnerships, I knew that these organizations would be stronger together because we share the same goals to provide better research, prevention, treatment, and recovery for those who suffer from problem gambling," notes Brianne Doura-Schawohl, VP of US Policy and Strategic Development at EPIC Risk Management. "For years, EPIC has been the leading organization globally for gambling awareness and prevention, but nothing with this depth or scale has been accomplished in the US before. Now, through the shared synergies of our new partners, such scale is achievable. We're very enthusiastic to hit the ground running here in the States."

“The Entain Foundation US is proud to have become a lead sponsor of the 2021 National Survey," says Martin Lycka, Senior VP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling and Trustee of the Entain Foundation. "The survey is designed to gather the most comprehensive information about responsible gambling services available in the United States. It will help the still young US online gambling market achieve the long-term success it deserves in a sustainable fashion.”

Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, President of NAADGS notes, “As the state administrators for problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery support for those individuals and families affected by harms from gambling, we know that every state needs to have a strong foundation of services for those affected. This survey will provide a valuable picture of how states are funding these services and where gaps exist.”

Daniel Umfleet, Founder & CEO of Kindbridge says, "This piece of research is incredibly important for state legislatures, regulators, and industry stakeholders to better understand what the treatment and services infrastructure looks like across the country. This will give all of us working on solutions for people with gambling problems an appropriate road map to collaboratively build the necessary support functions as sports betting, esports, and online gambling become woven into the fabric of everyday gambling practice in the US."

The unprecedented depth and granularity of the 2021 National Survey of Problem Gambling Services will arm both federal and state-level policymakers with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about problem gambling in the US.