Rhode Island eliminates, then restores, gambling addiction funds

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August 13, 2012

Rhode Island

By: George Sousouris

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Earlier this year, the General Assembly eliminated funding for a program which helped compulsive gamblers which had been in place since 2001. It appears that just as quickly as the funds had gone, they have returned. The state will now contribute $50,000 to the program, combined with another $50,000 from two casinos to bring the total to $100,000.[1][2]

In her statement, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed said that "When the Speaker [ Gordon Fox ] and I learned that this funding was inadvertently eliminated, we immediately found the resources to restore these essential services."[3]

However, this level of funding is still lower than it once was, originally set at $150,000. The program has treated about 1,600 gamblers who lack the ability to pay for therapy on their own.[3]

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