Environmental Scans of Ohio’s Gambling Landscape

One of the state’s growth industries happens to be gambling, with bingo, lottery, casinos/racinos, horse racing, online games, fantasy sports and an endless list of charitable games. According to the American Gaming Association, the Ohio “gaming” industry (specifically, casinos and racetrack-based racinos) supports nearly 20,000 jobs statewide and has a total economic impact of $3.6 billion.

Over the past five years, at-risk gambling prevalence has grown from 5.7 to 10.3 percent – or more than 900,000 Ohio adults at-risk. Of those, about 76,000 are likely diagnosable with Gambling Disorder. A  number of Ohio-based sample surveys with youth ages 12-17 also show significant problematic gambling.

The coalition called Ohio for Responsible Gambling, or ORG, works to ensure that every effort is made to offer safe, secure and responsible gambling opportunities for Ohio adults. ORG consists of the Ohio Casino Control Commission, Lottery Commission and Racing Commission, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Professional resource partners in this project include Prevention Action Alliance and the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio.

This Request for Applications encourages OhioMHAS-certified Prevention agencies to apply for grants to do Environmental Scans of gambling sites in their communities. The environmental scanning process includes three basic steps: 1) developing an approach to the scanning process, 2) scanning the environment, and 3) analyzing the data collected. All grantees will be using a defined process to carry out the scans, gather data, analyze it and write a report. Applications, signed assurances, and a proposed budget must be submitted via Survey Monkey by Wednesday, March 6, 2019.