Emmet County is looking to help community members who struggle with gambling addictions. Revenue from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has been earmarked for a gambling addiction treatment program.
Under a state compact with the tribe, two percent of the net revenues from the Odawa Casino are required to be distributed throughout Emmet County.
This summer, 20,000 dollars is going toward a county gambling addiction treatment program.
Dan Plasencia is an Emmet County board member. He said the county treatment program saw 13 clients last year.
“They say the average client seeking treatment is 43-year old, and they have a related debt of 25,000 to 65,000 for those people, that seems like a real problem, and I think they try to work them through other options than going and gambling.”
Plasencia said the program includes gambling assessments, group counseling and debt configuration.
“It’s a good program, and the overall program does help the community even if they are not directly related to the casino gambling.”
Plasencia says the program includes gambling assessments, group counseling and debt configuration.
14 other programs also received funding under the grant program.