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A province-wide toll-free telephone counselling, information and
referral service for problem gambling will be in place by Dec. 1.

"The aim of the service is to provide a readily accessible and
professional short-term counselling, information and referral
service for problem gamblers and their families," said Health
Minister Bernie Boudreau. "Starting Dec. 1, people seeking help
need to dial only one number to access a full range of services
for problem gambling."

The service, which will be available around the clock seven days
a week, will also act as an information source for the general
public on problem gambling.

Calls to the service will remain completely confidential, and
callers have the option of remaining anonymous. Counsellors
offering help will have advanced skills, experience and training
in addiction and mental health counselling.

CHC Atlantic, a locally-operated company specializing in
counselling services, will deliver the services from its Sydney
office, with administrative support in Halifax. Staff will be
hired from within Nova Scotia to deliver the services.

In addition to telephone counselling, direct referrals can be
made to a full range of services depending on the caller's needs.
A comprehensive and accessible data base on all aspects of
problem gambling will be maintained as part of the service.

The service supplements the counselling services already provided
through Drug Dependency Services of the Department of Health and
will co-ordinate with Drug Dependency to provide ease of entry,
continuity of treatment and follow-up on a case-by-case basis.

The service is valued at approximately $700,000 over a two year


Contact: Lori MacLean  902-424-5025

trp                      Oct. 22, 1996 - 1 p.m.