Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

The Board of Directors for the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio created the following committees to enhance the organizational infrastructure and to best meet the needs of the members and/or those impacted by problem gambling.

Goal Across All Committees: Provide opportunities to recruit and engage members and community partners.


Louis Weigele & Steve Kapela, Chairpersons

Goal: Develop common sense policy solutions that ensure gambling regulations, laws and organizational policies take into consideration impact on problem gambling related issues.


  • Track and update our members on legislation and policies related to gambling
  • Create position statements and talking points on gambling related policies
  • Educate state lawmakers on how policies might positive or negatively impact problem gambling

Policy Concerns/Efforts:

  • Consumer protections
  • Funding for treatment and prevention
  • Inclusion of problem gambling into peer recovery support certification.

Service Network Development

Michael Buzzelli and Mike Rosen, Chairpersons

Goal: Promote high quality professional services to enhance the problem gambling service network in Ohio.


  • Provide networking and training opportunities for problem gambling professionals.
  • Partner with organizations to increase the integrate problem gambling into behavioral and physical health care programs.
  • Implement services network quality assurance initiatives (i.e. problem gambling helpline)
  • Create a network of consultants to provide technical assistance to problem gambling programs throughout Ohio.

Community Empowerment

Ashley Hartman, Chairperson

Goal: serves as catalyst for community engagement in addressing the issue of problem gambling.


  • Raise awareness of the issue of problem gambling among the general public.
  • Encourage engagement in our communities in response to problem gambling.
  • Foster peer and family lay support systems.
  • Empower “gatekeepers” to link the community to problem gambling supports.
Problem Gambling Network of Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio 43235

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