2006-08-15 09:48:47.73

Problem Gambling, Addiction Are Focus Of Midwest Summit

Developing practices that integrate problem gambling and substance abuse in prevention and treatment programs is the focus of the third annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse, Aug. 16-18, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City. Addiction specialists and problem gambling program coordinators from throughout a five-state region are helping to plan the three-day conference, which will feature nationally known addiction experts. The conference, which is being partially funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will feature nationally acclaimed problem gambling experts from throughout the country. The three-day conference will open at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 with a keynote address presented by Loreen Rugle, coordinator of the Gambling Treatment Program at the Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, followed by a panel discussion involving several experts in the problem gambling field. The keynote address and panel discussion are free and are open to the public. In addition to Rugle, other keynote speakers include: Dr. H. Westley Clark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Robert Ladouceur, a professor of psychology at Université Laval in Quebec City. The conference is the result of a joint endeavor by organizations throughout the five-state region - Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling is helping to plan and coordinate the conference. "Kansas City is a great location to hold this conference," said Joanne Collins, outgoing chairwoman of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling. "This is the third year the conference has been held in Kansas City, and conference planners have found that the city’s centralized location has helped to make the conference a good draw for both presenters and conference participants." For more information about the Midwest Conference, visit the Alliance?s Web site at: www.888betsoff.org.

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