The National Center for Responsible Gaming is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding research that helps increase understanding of pathological and youth gambling and find effective methods of treatment for the disorder. The NCRG is the AGA’s affiliated charity.
Founded in 1996 as a separate 501(c)3 charitable organization, the NCRG’s mission is to help individuals and families affected by gambling disorders by supporting the finest peer-reviewed, scientific research into pathological and youth gambling; encouraging the application of new research findings to improve prevention, diagnostic, intervention and treatment strategies; and advancing public education about gambling disorders and responsible gaming.
More than $22 million has been committed to the NCRG, through contributions from the casino gaming industry, equipment manufacturers, vendors, related organizations and individuals. The NCRG’s independent Scientific Advisory Board oversees all of the organization’s grant-making activities –including grants to the NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research at Yale University and the University of Minnesota, as well as individual researchers at prestigious institutions across the country.
As part of its mission to advance public education about gambling disorders and responsible gaming, the NCRG conducts a wide variety of education programs, such as:
- NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction – brings together researchers, clinicians, public policymakers, industry representatives and other stakeholders to discuss the most important issues facing the field gambling disorders research and responsible gaming.
- The NCRG Webinar Series – provides year-round educational opportunities designed to help individuals better understand and address critical issues related to gambling disorders and responsible gaming.
- Collegegambling.org – provides a host of free resources designed to give campus administrators, student health professionals, parents and students the tools to address gambling on college campuses across the country.
- Talking with Children About Gambling – a research-based guide designed to help parents, as well as others who work with youth, deter children from gambling and recognize possible warning signs of problem gambling and other risky behaviors.
- EMERGE (Executive, Management & Employee Responsible Gaming Education) – the only employee training program of its kind, grounded in scientific research that has been translated into an accessible training tool for gaming employees at all levels.
For more information on the NCRG and its many other public education and outreach efforts, visit http://www.ncrg.org.