Compulsive/Problem Gambling

Of the $25 million State Services Fee assessed to the three Detroit casinos each year, $2 million is deposited into a Compulsive Gaming Prevention Fund, along with other financial contributions from the Michigan Lottery Bureau and Office of Racing Commissioner. In accordance with Michigan law (Public Act 70 of 1997), the Michigan Department of Community Health determines how this Fund may be used.


To contact the Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Substance Abuse and Gambling Services, call 517/373-4700.

Michigan Problem Gambling Help-line:  (800) 270-7117 [24-Hours]


Other Resources

In addition to the MDCH website, you may find the following programs to be helpful. We provide this information not as an endorsement, but to help you decide which programs, if any, might be helpful for your particular needs.

  • Gam-Anon - For family members and friends of the compulsive gambler (phone 718/352-1671)
  • Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share experiences, strength and hope with each other
  • National Center for Responsible Gaming helps individuals and families by supporting research; encouraging the improvement of prevention, diagnostic, intervention and treatment strategies; and by enhancing public awareness
  • National Council on Problem Gambling, a non-profit health agency, disseminates information about problem/compulsive gambling, and promotes the development of services (call toll-free 800/522-4700)
  • Trimeridian, Inc.provides comprehensive research, diagnostic, treatment, prevention and education resources, for individuals, families and employers (call toll-free 877/664-2625)
  • Wanna Bet?- According to its sponsor (North American Training Institute), "a cool magazine for kids concerned about gambling."