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Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner Deputy Director
Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner
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For Immediate Release
March 15, 2023
Richard Hall Community Health & Wellness Center to Offer Gambling Disorder Screening Services March 23
Somerset County Supports Stigma-Free Communities
BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, NJ – In support of Problem Gambling Awareness Month in March, Somerset County’s Richard Hall Community Health and Wellness Center (RHCHWC) is sponsoring Gambling Disorder Screening Day at 500 North Bridge St., in Bridgewater Township. These free screening services will occur on Thursday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
Somerset County is the only facility to provide treatment services for gambling addiction. RHCHWC received a grant to provide treatment services for gambling disorder, in 2022.
Providers at RHCHWC help to create a safe space for the recovery of gambling disorder through a multi-faceted approach to treatment, which includes helping to dispel the stigma associated with mental health challenges. Treatment services also include individual evaluation, case management, and outpatient therapy for individuals, couples, families and groups.
Gambling Disorder Screening Day
Gambling Disorder Screening Day is an international movement to support providers who treat individuals with gambling disorders.
On Screening Day, participants will take a brief questionnaire that includes the following questions:
- During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to reduce your gambling habits or trying to stop gambling?
- During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing you have gambled?
- During the past 12 months, have you had to get financial help from family, friends or welfare services to help with living expenses due to gambling?
Recovery meetings are available to individuals on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at RHCHWC, or by calling 1-800 GAMBLER. To access additional mental health and wellness services at Richard Hall Community Health and Wellness Center, call 908-253-3165.
Richard Hall Community Health and Wellness Center (RHCHWC) Outpatient Services
The RHCHWC Outpatient Department provides a wide variety of clinical services for Children and Adults to help support the development of healthy youth and families. RHCHWC is dedicated to promoting and preserving the unique strengths and resources of children, adults, and families. Through providing a wide range of programs and services, clients will develop the skills they will need to manage the challenges they face. Therapeutic services include individual, family, and group therapy as well as Art Psychotherapy, and Medication Clinic Services provided by a multidisciplinary and bilingual team of professionals.
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