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About Oregon Problem Gambling Services

An estimated 83,000 adult Oregonians have problems with gambling (2.6%: 1 in every 38 adults) along with approximately 4,000 Oregon adolescents.  Gambling disorders carry widespread physical, social and financial consequences for individuals, their families and communities. These preventable problems result in millions of dollars each year spent on health care, criminal justice and social welfare systems. In addition to these measurable costs, the human costs are immeasurable.

Oregon’s Problem Gambling Services are guided by a public health paradigm and approach that takes into consideration biological, behavioral, economic, cultural, and policy determinants influencing gambling and health. It incorporates prevention, harm reduction and multiple levels of treatment by placing emphasis on quality of life issues for gamblers, their families, and communities. By appreciating the multiple dimensions of gambling, Oregon’s Problem Gambling Services incorporates strategies that minimize gambling’s negative impacts while recognizing the reality of gambling’s availability, cultural acceptance, and economic appeal. 


The Oregon Health Authority’s Problem Gambling Services (PGS) envisions a healthy Oregon where problem gambling is prevented through a comprehensive system of programs and services.


The mission of Oregon Health Authority’s Problem Gambling Services (PGS) is to support effective culturally appropriate problem gambling prevention, education, treatment and recovery programs and supports to reduce the impact of problem gambling on individuals, families, and communities.

The mission is accomplished by working in partnership with individuals and their families, counties, other state agencies, providers, advocates and communities to support the triple aim of Oregon’s health system transformation:

  1. Better health – improve the lifelong health of all Oregonians
  2. Better care – increase the quality, reliability and availability of care for all Oregonians
  3. Lower cost – reduce or contain the cost of care so it is affordable for everyone

In 2015, Oregon Problem Gambling Services developed a 5 Year System Improvement Plan.  The result of this plan is a shared vision for improving and expanding an integrated, coordinated and culturally competent problem gambling service system. This work, and our system and providers continued efforts to reduce gambling related harm has important implications for creating a healthier Oregon by reducing human suffering, reducing economic costs related to problem gambling, and improving public health.

Prevention Services

Oregon Problem Gambling Services’ (PGS) prevention programs are aimed at avoiding or reducing the emotional, physical, social, legal, financial, and spiritual consequences of problem gambling for the gambler and family members.  Problem Gambling Services delivers prevention and outreach services via three separate, yet related administrative bodies:

  • The Oregon Health Authority, Health Systems Division, Problem Gambling Services unit develops and maintains policies, promotes collaborative relationships between various stakeholder groups, provides technical assistance, and provides local governments with funds to develop and implement county-specific prevention Problem Gambling Prevention Services collaborates at the state level with the substance abuse prevention efforts which allows for facilitation of problem gambling being included in overall prevention efforts.


  • County/Local governments develop and implement county-specific problem gambling prevention plans that are based on the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) six strategies and the strategic prevention framework model. Local government plans include measurable goals and objectives, and integrate with their local substance abuse prevention efforts.  Local prevention activities include programs such as working with schools on gambling prevention education, working with senior citizen groups on gambling education, and incorporating gambling prevention into activities aimed at other youth risk factors.


  • In 2014, the Oregon State Lottery adopted a Responsible Gambling Code of Practice to guide the development of safe, socially responsible and supportive gambling environments where the potential for harm associated with gambling is minimized and people can make informed decisions about their participation in gambling. Included in this effort are public awareness and education programs designed to provide clear and consistent messages regarding healthy and unhealthy gambling behavior. The lottery campaigns use a variety of media, including TV, radio, internet, social media and print to help increase awareness of problem gambling and to encourage Oregonians to utilize and the Problem Gambling Helpline if needed. The Lottery typically invests approximately 10% of their overall marketing budget in responsible gambling and problem gambling awareness campaigns.

Treatment Services

Philosophically, the treatment system design follows a level of care approach so that the most effective, yet least restrictive, treatment is delivered to consumers first, only “stepping up” to intensive/specialist services as clinically necessary.  The treatment system’s least restrictive level of care begins with the statewide Gambling Education and Reduction Program (GEAR), consisting of a change workbook that is designed to be completed at home with telephone support from a professional change coach.

The core component of the gambling treatment system consists of outpatient treatment provided at 45 locations distributed throughout the state.  There is one short-stay respite program located in Grants Pass, Oregon with treatment durations typically five days or fewer. There is also a residential treatment program located in Salem, Oregon. Length of stays at this residential facility typically ranges from 30 to 40 days.

Treatment services, GEAR, outpatient, respite and residential, are available FREE to any Oregon resident who has a problem related to gambling, either as a problem gambler or as a family member or friend of a problem gambler.

To find a treatment location in Oregon, visit the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website treatment page.

For More Information

For more information about Oregon Problem Gambling Services, visit the PGS website  or contact us.