Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (747, 748)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

747. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Health his responsibilities with regard to addressing gambling addiction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18910/19]

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Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

748. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Health his plans to put forward legislation to address gambling addiction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18912/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 747 and 748 together.

The Health Service Executive has responsibility for the provision of addiction treatment services.

People who present to the HSE for addiction treatment for gambling are offered the same range of interventions as those who present with a drug and alcohol addiction, or a mental health concern, including an initial assessment, a comprehensive assessment, and individual counselling.

Counselling and rehabilitation services provide care to those with a gambling addiction through one to one counselling, financial advice and onward referral to other services and supports where appropriate, such as Gamblers Anonymous.

The HSE provides funding to a number of voluntary sector providers who treat gambling addiction, along with drug and alcohol addictions.

The Department of Justice and Equality has responsibility for gambling regulation.