New Jersey considers compulsive gambling treatment for underage casino gamblers
New Jersey lawmakers propose mandatory compulsive gambling treatment for individuals under 21 found betting in casinos, aiming to address the high prevalence of underage gambling
Legislators in New Jersey have supported a bill that would require individuals under the age of 21 found betting in casinos to participate in compulsive gambling treatment programs, aiming to address the issue of underage gambling.
The legislation would give courts the authority to fine violators and mandate treatment, with the goal of preventing repeat offenses.
The move comes as a significant number of high school-aged adolescents in the state engage in gambling, and a portion of them develop serious gambling problems.
While the bill focuses on casino gambling, advocates highlight the need to address online gambling as well, which is more accessible and allows for anonymity.
Efforts to curb problem gambling in the state also include a pilot program for a gambling treatment diversion court and increased access to a self-exclusion program for individuals struggling with a gambling disorder.