An estimated that one of every 30 Californians is affected by problem gambling and the Department of Public Health is bringing the issue into a big spotlight once again. The department's Office of Problem Gambling holds its fifth annual training summit Monday and Tuesday in Northern California. Terri Sue Canale who heads that office explained what's on the agenda.
"Attendees will hear from experts in the problem gambling field. Marilyn Lancelot actually wrote a book, "Gripped By Gambling," and she's going to be one of our keynote speakers to talk about how her gambling problem ended her up in jail," Canale said.
Also attending the summit in Berkeley will be representatives from healthcare, government, nonprofit groups, law enforcement and the gambling industry. The summit takes place at the Double Tree-Berkeley Marina Hotel.