Gambling Studies Program

Current Projects

Assessing the Quality and Effectiveness of the California Gambling Education and Treatment Services Program

As part of ongoing quality assurance system monitoring of the California Gambling Education and Treatment Services Program (CalGETS), UGSP participates in the analyses of the design, implementation, and effectiveness of the services offered. The source of quantitative data for this project will be the CalGETS data management system. Data is also being collected from the CalGETS providers regarding their beliefs about treatment, clients, and the recovery process. Funded by the Office of Problem Gambling.

Gambling Disorder Screening at the Riverside San Bernardino Indian Health Clinic

The Office of Problem Gambling (OPG), in partnership with the UCLA Gambling Studies Program (UGSP) and the Riverside San Bernardino Indian Health Centers (RSBIHC), is engaged in a gambling disorder pilot project designed to provide education, screening, and treatment referrals for those with gambling problems in the tribal community. This project is being implemented by RSBIHC with support from UGSP and OPG and includes plans for data sharing as well as an evaluation of the program implementation.

Engaging Latinos in the CalGETS Program Using Promotores

The California Office of Problem Gambling, UCLA Gambling Studies Program, and Visión y Compromiso are conducting a 2-year project in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties to pilot and evaluate a culturally relevant enhancement to the California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS) outreach, education, screening, and referral system. This enhancement involves the use of promotores (lay health workers) to increase CalGETS utilization in the Latino community. The project includes an evaluation of program impacts.

Pilot Study in LA County: UGSP and SAPC Screening and Gambling Treatment for Patients in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Programs

The UCLA Gambling Studies Program and Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC), Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, are collaborating on a two-year pilot project to screen for gambling disorder in three SUD treatment agencies: The Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (L.A. CADA), Behavioral health Services (BHS), and Fred Brown Recovery Services. Using an online screening tool that includes the Brief-Biosocial Gambling Screen at the three participating agencies, persons admitted to substance abuse treatment are being screened for gambling disorder to identify those who may benefit from gambling disorder (GD) specific treatment. The UGSP will train licensed mental health clinicians from the three agencies on gambling problems and their treatment so that they can become providers in the CalGETs program. These trained clinicians will provide GD treatment to SUD patients needing it in their respective agencies. Evaluation of this project includes tracking gambling disorder treatment outcomes for SUD patients referred to the CalGETS treatment program. In addition, the screening data is being linked to the SUD treatment database in CalOMS by LA County-SAPC to track SUD outcomes for patients with a gambling disorder.