Free, confidential help is available during Covid-19

If you are struggling with a gambling problem, or if you’re the partner or loved one of someone affected by compulsive gambling, free help is available. Even during times such as the pandemic, the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico is offering support through education and free treatment.

Whether you live in a town or a rural area, “virtual” sessions provide confidential access to treatment services by trained professionals.

Via the internet, mental health treatment for gambling problems is now available so that everyone can access high quality assistance without having to drive long distances.

All you need is an internet connection, a private place in your home or at work, and a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer that has a working microphone and speakers.

To learn more about this virtual service and treatment for problem gambling, call the Responsible Gaming Association helpline. Calls are answered 24/7. You can also visit www.RGANM.org to learn more.

The Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico is pleased to offer two sessions in our webinar training for treatment providers. These sessions will focus on “The Key to Working with Gambling Problems: A Model of Supervision with Case Examples”.

Each session will provide 1.5 Supervision CEUs. The first webinar will be held on November 13, 2020 from 11am-12:30pm MST and will focus on the MONEY portion of gambling problems.
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The second event, December 11, 2020 from 11am-12:30pm MST, will cover the LIES related to gambling problems.
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Attendees will earn 1.5 Supervision CEUs for each event. Attendance is free but registration is required.

Speakers will be Chris Anderson, LMFT, ICGC-II-BACC; Chris Goodrich, PhD, LPCC, ICGC-II; and Daniel Blackwood, LPCC, ICGC-II-BACC.

We hope to resume our in-person annual conference in August 2021, but until then, we will offer an excellent lineup of speakers in online webinars.

In 2019, the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico expanded our efforts to educate the public about the signs of problem gambling, and to provide prevention and treatment. See our stats for 2019.

2019 Outreach RGANM Infographic

The 2019 Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico’s annual problem gambling conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 8-9, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:30pm each day. The event will be held at a new venue, the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel in Bernalillo.

The conference will provide 12 CEU credits for counselors and social workers’ ongoing education, 6 of which are ethics.  The fee for the conference has remained the same for the past few years so that behavioral health professionals and the general public can attend. The $75 registration fee covers all the sessions and materials, as well as continental breakfast and buffet lunch both days. Registration will close on July 21st or when the capacity of the venue is reached. Past conference attendees will receive an email when registration opens as a reminder, if your email has not changed. You may also use the “Join Our Mailing List” signup on the bottom of the website page.

In July 2014, a group of representatives from the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico attended the 28th annual conference sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gaming. 2014 marked the first year that the New Mexico representatives from the Association were asked to provided a presentation for other advocates for responsible gaming from around the nation, who all gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the event.

During the two day conference, representatives from New Mexico delivered a presentation titled “Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico- Casinos in Action”. Included in the presentation was RGANM’s documentary, which you can watch here.

The group was asked to give a presentation on the collaborative efforts of the state’s Native casinos, who organized the association in 1994 as tribal casinos began forming plans for gaming. It is thought that New Mexico is the only state with such an association; other states’ handle responsible gaming activities and outreach through each individual casino property.

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