NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A national advocate for problem gamblers says greater recognition of compulsive gambling as a psychiatric issue is a small start in beefing up treatment.
Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, said at a Connecticut conference on Wednesday that an updated psychiatric classification of problem gambling won't automatically generate more funding from Congress or state governments.
This spring, the American Psychiatric Association updated its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It replaces what was previously called pathological gambling as an impulse-control disorder to an addiction. Problem gambling now takes its place among substance-related and addictive disorders.
Whyte said advocates must still fight for funding as government spending is cut. He said one change is that Medicaid is now being billed in some states for problem gambling treatment.
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