Indigent Care Treatment Fund for Problem Gamblers
Generally, problem gambling (a.k.a. gambling addiction) results in financial burden, loss of career, estranged friend/family relationships, and/or legal problems. By the time a compulsive gambler seeks treatment, he/she doesn't have the money or financial resources to pay for effective treatment. In 2001, responsible gaming advocates from the gaming industry provided funding for the creation of the Indigent Care Treatment Fund (ICTF) to ensure all problem gamblers in New Mexico have access to effective problem gambling treatment and prevention programs, regardless of socioeconomic status.
In 2015, the ICTF helped 128 problem gamblers receive effective problem gambling treatment. Treatment is provided free through the New Mexico Council on Problem Gambling (NMCPG). While the NMCPG's treatment and prevention programs have made great progress, fluctuations in ICTF funding leads to the lack of effective treatment and prevention programs, which negatively impacts problem gamblers and communities at large.