Compulsive / Problem Gambling

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) maintains a 24-hour toll-free helpline, 1-800-270-7117, to call if you or someone you know has a gambling problem. Trained professionals under contract with MDHHS answer the helpline calls, coordinate the initial consultations with qualified counselors, provide financial assistance information and oversee ongoing treatment of clients when necessary.

You may find additional information at the MDHHS website.

Disassociated Persons List 

To help those with gambling problem, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), with the assistance of Detroit's commercial casinos, have developed a list of Disassociated Persons, pursuant to Michigan law (MCL 432.225 ).  Participation in the Disassociated Persons program is completely voluntary - no one but the voluntary participant may be added to the list.  Persons placed on the List voluntarily pledge to make a lifetime commitment to never visit a Detroit casino.

If You Have a Gambling Problem, You Can Request the Michigan Gaming Control Board to Permanently Ban You From the Licensed Detroit Casinos.  Call 1-888-223-3044  for application information or click here.

Disassociated Persons List Statistics

To view the number of voluntary participants on the Disassociated Persons List, click here.

Other Resources 

In addition to the MDHHS 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.
  • 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.

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