Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators

state administrators of public funds for problem gambling services

aka APGSA   |   Wheatland, CA   |  www.apgsa.org

Mission

APGSA is the national membership organization of state administrators of public funds for problem gambling services. The Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators (APGSA) supports the development of services that will reduce the impact of problem gambling. APGSA enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of its member organizations through support, information dissemination, and adherence to professional standards. APGSA addresses issues and concerns in this field from a public administration perspective. APGSA offers its membership an opportunity that cannot be found elsewhere – information, collaboration, and support of other administrators in this emerging field in the public sector.

Ruling year info

2010

executive director

Linda L. Graves PsyD, ICGC-II

Main address

P.O. Box 572

Wheatland, CA 95692 USA

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EIN

80-0214884

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (G03)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

APGSA facilitates a national, coordinated effort to reduce gambling problems in the United States by providing leadership and technical assistance to state administrators of problem gambling prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services. While gambling problems have been around as long as people have, only recently have they been officially recognized as an addictive disorder. State systems for problem gambling services have come into existence without any Federal directive as advocates worked with their states to provide funding. The resulting state service delivery systems exist largely in isolation without national or regional support. Thus, this network of publicly-funded services are widely divergent in their availability and effectiveness. While state addiction services are supported nationally by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), problem gambling services are not eligible for SAMHSA services or funding at present.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

National Survey of Problem Gambling Services

APGSA supports its membership in the development of services that will reduce the impact of problem gambling in the United States.
Central to this mission, APGSA conducts the only national survey of problem gambling services in the United States providing information on funding, types of services, administrative structures, state profiles, and state contacts.

APGSA has conducted national problem gambling service surveys in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016. In 2013 and 2016 APGSA expanded the survey by partnering with the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Because APGSA is an association of problem gambling administrators, the audience for membership is limited. An expected increase by four members per year is a 10% growth rate.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

National Survey of Problem Gambling Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

APGSA has not actively solicited grant funding in the past. However, in order to grow the reach and scope of the association, more funding is needed.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

APGSA has workgroups to target certain objectives in our organization. We are working to expand the participation in the workgroups so that a few people are not doing all the work to move forward.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

APGSA holds learning communities to educate its members and guests on specific subjects. We will hold 4 learning communities in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Completion of survey

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020-21, the completion of the sixth Survey of state problem gambling services will be completed, including posting findings to the website, and dissemination to other news and social media outlets

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

APGSA aims to fill this void through its mission of supporting service development and effectiveness of its member states. The organization has committed to a two-fold plan to

• advocate with federal agencies for inclusion into their programs and funding streams
• increase APGSA's own capacity to provide leadership, coordination, and technical assistance to state administrators of problem gambling services.

APGSA will assess the current state of services through periodic surveys of publicly funded problem gambling services in the 50 United States. The survey will identify: state gambling environment, legislation calling for problem gambling services, public funding dedicated to problem gambling in each state, services provided, administration of services, contact information, and policy issues. A report will be compiled and made available to all fifty states' legislatures, health leadership, and service administrators and providers.


APGSA will connect its members to support, provide technical assistance, and information that will enable problem gambling administrators to provide effective and efficient services in their individual states. This will take place through quarterly online meetings, regional in person meetings, member led webinars, an annual in person members' meeting for strategic planning, an exchange of ideas, and to develop best practices.


Work groups will collect resources and make them available to administrators, to plan for uniform data collection on program services nationwide, and to develop standards of care for program services Including prevention, helpline, training and certification, and treatment modalities.

APGSA has a national network of experts and leaders in the problem gambling field as well as access to research experts internationally.
APGSA has extensive partnerships with non-profit providers of problem gambling services throughout the United States.
APGSA members include Individuals with expertise in diverse skill sets including: content knowledge, best practices, policy development, management and administration of systems of care. Members are in leadership positions in state governments within high levels of governmental affairs.
Collectively, APGSA members manage $73,000,000 of funds allocated to the provision of problem gambling services throughout the United States.

APGSA has provided public health surveillance of problem gambling services in the United States through surveys of publicly-funded problem gambling services in the 50 states conducted in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2016. The 2013 and 2016 surveys were conducted in partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling and also included non-profit services offered by their affiliates. These surveys provide the only data available on the state of problem gambling services in the United States. APGSA has set a goal to initiate a new survey in 2021.

Next steps include not only identifying existing services but also the need to collect and provide data that will
-support the development of policies and programs
-inform health strategies and decision making
-be able to be utilized by state and federal governments
-be available to measure and improve quality of the range of provisions of care

APGSA has established administrative, fiscal, and communication systems, structures, and procedures necessary for the management of an organization. Next steps are to seek resources and collaborations that facilitate it meeting its goals.

APGSA has offered services to its members aimed at achieving its goal of providing of effective and efficient state problem gambling services. These include a website discussion forum enabling communication among members, mentor-ship opportunities, occasional member-led webinars, online meeting three times annually and one annual in person meeting. As for next steps, APGSA needs to significantly increase its members' services in order to have an impact on state services. Technical assistance services comparable to the those offered by SAMHSA for other addictions and mental health issues are sorely needed to move the delivery of services for problem gambling in the states forward.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson

Chief, Office of Prevention Services

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Jeremy Wampler

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Problem Gambling Services,program director

Term: 2018 - 2022

Eric Preuss

Iowa Department of Public Health, Office of Gambling Treatment and Prevention

Elizabeth Lanza

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling

Greta Coe

Oregon Health Authority

Nancy Murray

Problem Gambling Program Manager, Rhode Island Lottery

Jennifer Davis-Walton

Director of Gambling Addiction Services, First Choice Services, Inc. West Virginia

Mary Drexler

Program Director, University of Maryland Center of Excellence for Problem Gambling

Linda Graves

Executive Director, APGSA

Board leadership practices

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    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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