House Bill 08-1314 was passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2008 in order to provide resources to support prevention, education, and counseling to Colorado residents with problem gambling issues. It also provides for counselor training specific to problem gambling in order to build a workforce able to deliver these services. The Office of Behavioral Health (Division) within the Department of Human Services is responsible for administering this program.
The Office determined that the most efficient and effective method to achieve the legislative intent with the limited funds available was to partially subcontract a portion of the administration of the program. The contract was awarded to the Center of Excellence for problem gambling at the University of Denver through a competitive bid process. The Center of Excellence provides services such as education and treatment of problem gamblers and those affected by someone else’s problem gambling, training and supervision of problem gambling counselors, as well as gathering, analyzing, and publishing research regarding the effectiveness of the programs.
The Office has held several public comment meetings and has established an Advisory Council that meets quarterly. The Division remains committed to working with stakeholders to address the service needs of consumers with problem gambling issues.
Last Updated: 11/1/2010