Published: December 1, 2023

New York Launches Volunteer Self-Exclusion Support Program for Gambling Addiction

To foster a secure gambling environment, the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) launched a voluntary self-exclusion (VSE) support program. This initiative empowers individuals who recognize a potential gambling addiction to voluntarily exclude themselves from all gambling facilities and activities across New York.

James Maney, the executive director of NYCPG, highlighted that the enrollment process for this exclusion is now more accessible. He said potential participants can easily sign up from the convenience of their homes.

Protocols for NY’s voluntary self-exclusion support program
Through the voluntary self-exclusion support initiative, individuals opting in will be prohibited from engaging in sports betting and accessing any gambling facility within the state.

Once enrolled in the VSE Support Program, whether through online notary services or authorized gambling facilities in the Empire State, NYCPG staff will offer specific services to the participant, including:

  • Providing a clear and simple explanation of the self-exclusion program and all relevant details
  • Assisting the participant in completing the necessary forms, including notarization
  • Facilitating connections between the participant and problem gambling treatment providers while also supplying information on counseling, recovery services, and other support groups

Executive Director of the New York State Gaming Commission, Robert Williams, also commented in the press release on the provisions of the VSE Support Program.

"The Gaming Commission is committed to ensuring that licensed facilities operate in responsible and sensitive matters for those who need help. The New York Council on Problem Gambling’s VSE Support Program provides those individuals with the knowledge and resources to make the best decisions for their welfare.”


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