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RI Ends Gambling Addiction Program

RI Ends Gambling Addiction Program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island has stopped funding a 12-year-old treatment program for compulsive gamblers _ less than a month after the state's first Las Vegas-style table games began.
 
Funding for the program at Rhode Island Hospital ran out on June 30.
 
State Lottery Director Gerald Aubin says he didn't realize the program's funds had run out. But Bob Breen, the psychologist who ran the program, says he wrote to Aubin about the problem in March.
 
After being contacted by The Associated Press, Aubin offered to work with Breen to restart the program.
 
Aubin says a task force is reviewing the best ways of helping compulsive gamblers now that Twin River Casino is offering games like blackjack, roulette and craps.
 
He says the state will soon begin soliciting bids from potential program managers.

 

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