The California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS) is the result of the collaboration between the Office of Problem Gambling (OPG) and the UCLA Gambling Studies Program (UGSP). The CalGETS has four main components: training, treatment provider network, clinical innovation program, and the problem gambling telephone interventions program. The treatment provider network is composed of outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and residential treatment. The CalGETS is a multimodal, stepped-care treatment network that encompassed a continuum of integrated services, including harm reduction and abstinence-based alternative, which will deliver a broad spectrum of evidence-based treatment to California residents.
The CalGETS Goals and Principles are as follows:
- Establish a statewide treatment program that will reduce the negative impact of problem and pathological gambling in California
- Establish a broad spectrum of treatment services using a stepped-care approach to address diverse multi-cultural treatment needs for problem and pathological gamblers and affected individuals
- Establish California-specific problem gambling training programs that will enhance the knowledge and therapeutic skill of providers
- Ensure that all eligible clients have freedom of choice in selecting treatment providers capable of addressing unique individual needs and preferences
- Empower clients to be involved in the recovery process by being informed about and participating in all treatment decisions made about the services they receive