Problem Gambling Prevention Coordinators
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Natasha Pineda at email@example.com or you can call 907-250-9473.
Lisa (Marion County), Heather (Baker County), Bonnie (Umatilla County), Debbie
and Anne (Lake County), Conner (Harney County), Lisa (Benton County), Jessica
Jacks (Deschutes County), Julie (Lane County), Nancy (Multnomah County),
Brianne (Columbia County), Pepe (Hood County/MCCFL), Becca (Yamhill), Jill
(AMH), Natasha (AMH)
Not on call but submitted communication via email: Shawn (Josephine County)
and Ramon (Clackamas County).
Updates from around the state
Shawn (Josephine County ) from email:
Problem Gambling was really highlighted at this year Josephine County Recovery
Fair. This was the 6th
annual recovery fair. We had Voices of Recovery attend and
provide information at a booth as well as three-speaker talk about problem
gambling. Some of the highlights are on the Josephine County Recovery Fair face
Ramon (Clackamas) from email:
Ramon is unable to participate in the Friday calls due to clinical duties and
client schedules, he will keep us in the loop on what is happening in
Clackamas County and would still like to be connected to this group, but
right now the schedule change means he cannot be on these calls. Please keep
in contact with him.
Julie (Lane County):
Problem gambling Awareness day last week. Very rainy day. It was a well attended
event, Ronda Hatefi, started this day after her brother committed suicide due to a
problem gambling addiction. An overview of the event, day, history and a link to a
great video can be found at; http://www.preventionlane.org/gambling/pgad.htm.
The video is geared to general county. It is a broad messaging tool, 3 minutes 45
Jessica (Deschutes County):
Had an ASSIST Training last week and able to get our PG treatment person to
attend and he is really enthusiastic. Feeling good but incremental with infusing PG
messages and data and awareness into our presentations and community
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partnership. Feeling good about our increased awareness. A request to the group is:
Does anyone have any resources that can help us as we develop a vendor guide for
special events that would help planners be more aware of prevention related issues
and messaging? Brianne connected the ordinance work the festival committee is
doing in their community for future events as well as Jill Dale sent a link to a
training from UDETC. Please see training links at the end of the minutes for a
connection to this training on “Techniques for Managing Special Events”.
Brianne (Columbia County):
Health and safety fair in Clatskanie will provide information out there on problem
gambling. We are in our first environmental scan in Vernonia community coalition.
They are working on that soon. Clarified what is meant by Video Box (Red box)
and mechanical Sign (electric sign). Jessica will send clarification on what
mechanical sign refers to in the environmental scan documents. *This can be
included in the minutes of November meeting if needed.
Bonnie (Umatilla County):
We had a few calendars left and shared them at our community events. Amazed
about how many people are not aware about this issue.
As many of you know, I have relocated back to Alaska. I would like to apologize
for not sending out a notice on my last day. The program knew it was going to have
me stay on board to help transition until a new Problem Gambling Prevention
Coordinator could be hired. The details were still being worked out close to when I
was leaving. I will be available to field questions, help address issues and host the
monthly connect calls until a new coordinator is hired. You can get in touch with
me at 907-250-9473 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I just got settled back into
life after a long drive up the highway to Canada. I am currently working on setting
up a listserv with everyone’s contact information and will start sending out
communications shortly. I apologize for any disruption in communication and want
to thank Julie Hynes for stepping in to support the call last month.
I loved working with the PGS Coordinators around the state and am thrilled to be
able to continue to support the work you are all doing in this transition period.
You’re all doing great things at the community level, and I am impressed with the
professional and strategic way you are all incorporating prevention and gambling.
Once the new PGS Manager is hired, the recruitment and hiring of a PGS
Prevention person will be underway. Please keep an eye out for the recruitment.
There is a large enough pool of applicants for interviewing and hiring of the PGS
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Manager at this time, so it should not be too far in the future.
Environmental Scan Presentations
Becca and Jessica will present their findings and reports to the whole group at the
November 1, 2013 Monthly Connect Meeting. We are really looking forward to
learning from their trailblazing!
Problem Gambling Awareness Calendar
Problem Gambling Awareness Calendar is in final stages of completion and should
be available for distribution.
Debbie would like to make sure she receives copies of them this year as they were
not distributed any last year.
Nancy suggested that a notice needs to go out very soon for schools, as in the past
the notification went out in August to get to schools.
Natasha will work on figuring out if we can just update the flyer from last year and
get it out to counties by no later than Christmas. It was an oversight on my part, as
I did not understand the timeline and that it needed to get out sooner. Will have a
draft for this group to review by November meeting.
We also discussed other organizations besides schools participating.
OAR 415-056-0040 Part 4(h)
The group was asked if anyone has a specific policy? It is clear that a sample
workplace policy needs to be put in place. Some coordinators expressed not
knowing it was a requirement, and a request was made to have the Prevention Unit
Staff discuss new pieces to the OAR at the fall in-person meeting. Nancy, Julie,
Lisa and Becca will work on a sample policy. Jeff Ruscoe sent a sample policy that
another county has been working on for us to use in our work group. Natasha will
coordinate getting the four together for a series of meetings telephonically to
coordinate the policy development.
Pepe shared it was a great group, very diverse regionally, and in a variety of ways.
Fun to be in it, and plan for the future, start building the personal and professional
relationships. Great approach to developing the network. It is pretty exciting and
fun getting to know others and sharing. Heather echoed what Pepe said. It was very
diverse and exciting! Really exciting! Jill shared that the cohort has a total of 33
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people, largest one we have ever had. Nancy asked if she could get details on
PGS Infusion Projects: Nancy would like to have copies or presentations on the
infusion programs developed like what the Lifeskills developed by Danette
New Contact Information: Nancy Martin has a new contact phone number, a
direct line, 503-988-8222
Marijuana Conference: California Marijuana conference was great! Contact
Debbie from Lake County if you are interested in more details.
PGS In person Meeting:
Mark your calendars for Thursday, Nov. 7. This is the date of our next in-person
All Providers' Meeting. The meeting will be held in Sunriver, Ore. This is an
opportunity to earn CEUs. We've scheduled this meeting to complement the
Prevention Summit being held at the same location starting on Tuesday, Nov. 5 so
that our problem gambling treatment and prevention specialists all have the chance
to gather in person. Both events will be at the Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Drive,
Sunriver, Ore., 97707. More details about the timing and training will be
Online training from UDETC:
Techniques for managing special events: Course Description:
This two-hour training identifies the complex nature of a special event and the need
for effective planning, proper management, policy application, and enforcement at
the event. The importance of including all appropriate stakeholders in each phase
of the event is emphasized. The training demonstrates how alcohol at a special
event increases the event’s complexity and how implementation of various alcohol
policies, and the enforcement of those policies, can be effective in curtailing the
alcohol-related problems often associated with such events. The outcomes of poor
planning and the effects of zero tolerance are also reviewed.
November 1, 2013 10:00am-11:30am
1-877-336-1828 Code: 907760
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