Coalition Achievements

Financial Fair at Princeton HS

February 2024, Princeton HS Financial Fitness Fair
Thank you to Mr. Jim O'Connor, M.Ed., Princeton High School Teacher for inviting the Problem Gambling Coalition to exhibit at Princeton High School's first Financial Fitness Fair. The Coalition was represented by (photo L to R) Prevention Outreach Committee Chair, Cindy Chizewick and Vice Chair for Communications, Madison Noble.


February 2024, Problem Gambling Coalition SW OH was approved as member of Statewide Prevention Coalition Association (SPCA) SPCA strengthens Ohio’s prevention coalitions, professionals, and community champions with resources, technical assistance, training, networking opportunities, tool kits and advocacy supports. SPCA is a network comprised of more than 60 community coalitions dedicated to preventing substance misuse and promoting mental health wellness.

Jan 26 CEU Day

Organizations represented among attendees included Atrium Medical Center, Brighter Days Wellness and Recovery LLC, Center for Addiction Treatment, Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County, Comprehensive Counseling Services Inc., EastersealsRedwood, Empowered Change Counseling Services, Envision Partnerships, Freestore Foodbank, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCBHS), Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, Maryhaven, Mebs Counseling, Miami University, Montgomery County ADAMHS, PreventionFIRST!, Problem Gambling Coalition of South West Ohio, Serenity Recovery Network/ BetterHelp, UC Blue Ash College, UC Clermont College, UC Counseling and Psychological Services, UC School of Social Work and UMADOAP Cincinnati. Geographic representation from Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery, Warren and Washington Counties. Thank you to • Kristina Latta-Landefeld, MS, OCPS, Chief Operating Officer Envision Partnerships Inc. for hosting the event. • Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Serv. Board for providing facilitated by Martina Weber, Director of Addiction Services • The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for funding this continuing education series.

Jan. 26, 2023 Coalition Hosted by Envision Partnerships, Butler County 
Sixty-one prevention and treatment professionals earned 1.5 hours in problem gambling continuing education. Michael A. Buzzelli, MA, MPH, OCPS, Associate Director PGNO presented an overview of the gambling landscape in Ohio, including what has been learned from the 2022 Ohio Gambling Survey and information gained in the last year since Sports Betting became legal.
Exhibiting organizations included:

  • Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Serv. Board
  • Miami University Gaming and Gambling Institute
  • Ohio Casino Control Commission
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services 
  • Prevention Action Alliance
  • Problem Gambling Network of Ohio 
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October 2024 - June 2025, Ohio Coalition Grant, 1 of 12 in Ohio

Ohio Coalition Grant, Monica Coffey-Faison, Jennifer Radt and Gregory Stewart are investigators for a 2023-2024 grant to strengthen the Problem Gambling Coalition capacity and structure. Learning community activities that are focused on 1. Developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for enhancing the infrastructure and sustainability of Coalition; 2. Collaborating with peers to enhance community coalition efforts; and 3. Participating in professional development and leadership skill-building opportunities. Learning will be supported through a series of professional development opportunities, monthly coaching support meetings, and the practical application of skills learned to enhance overall coalition’s efforts.

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November 2023 - June 2024 Problem Gambling Consultation Grant focused on Co-Occurring Disorders 

Advocating for Students with CDCA Credential Lisa Zimmer and Gregory Stewart are investigators to advocate for students who have earned the CDCA or LCDC II. The 2023-2024 mini grant has two objectives: Advocate for Social work students to maintain chemical dependency credentials and to understand co-occurring disorders; Advocate for Problem Gambling Prevention and Treatment Coalition members to earn the Ohio Gambling Endorsement       

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Dr Stewart and Casino Control Commission Christopher Smitherman (Commissioner Smitherman is former Vice Mayor of the City of Cincinnati)

Oct 18, 2023 Ohio Casino Control Commission

Dr. Gregory Stewart, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, School of Social Work and Vice Chair, Communications, Problem Gambling Coalition of SW OH presented to the Commission on the work of the UC School of Social Work and founding of the Problem Gambling Coalition SW OH

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Sept 25, 2023 Gamban

The Coalition hosted a zoom meeting with Cory Brown, Manager of Problem Gambling Services at Ohio Casino Control Commission and Susan Diamond, Responsible Gambling Program Coordinator at Ohio Lottery Commission to present:
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Objective: Share information with individuals and groups who can utilize it in helping to protect Ohioans and others experiencing problems related to gambling

Fifteen Coalition members participated from a variety organizations including: Center for Addiction Treatment; Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, Clermont County; Sojourner, Community Health Alliance ; The Crosslands Center; UC Clermont College; UC School of Social Work; UC Student Wellness Center, Clifton; UC Main Counseling & Psychological Services; UMADOAP Cincinnati

Group photo from September Event

Left to right: Robert Wamsley, Director of Compliance, Hardrock Casino Cincinnati; Casey Flower, Compliance Specialist, Hardrock Casino Cincinnati; Michael A. Buzzelli, MA, MPH, OCPS, Associate Director, Problem Gambling Network; Rachel Johnson, MS, LPCC-S, Vice President of Clinical Services, Center for Addiction Treatment, 2022-2023 Problem Gambling Fellow; Dr. Gregory Stewart, MSW, MS, Associate Professor, CAHS, School of Social Work; Cindy Chizewick, LICSW-S, LICDC, LICSW, Brighter Days Wellness and Recovery, LLC.

Sept 15, 2023 Problem Gambling Treatment CEU Training Great Success

Sixty social work and counseling prevention and treatment professionals earned 4.5 hours in problem gambling treatment continuing education.

A sampling of organizations represented included Best Point, Brighter Days Wellness and Recovery LLC, Center for Addiction Treatment, Cincinnati UMADOAP, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Envision Partnerships, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCBHS), Mercy Health, Mount St Joseph University, Pinpoint Behavioral Health Solutions, Pressley Ridge, Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, Resurge Recovery, Talbert House, The Crossroads Center, TriHealth Cincinnati, UC Clermont College, UC School of Social Work and geographic representation from Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, and Warren Counties.

Thank you to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for funding this continuing education series. In addition, thank you to the UC College of Allied Health Services and School of Social Work for hosting the event. 

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