Members present by phone: Meeting conducted through Google Meet.
Call to order and approve agenda: Amy Falcon.
Review and Approval of Minutes: The minutes were not available and will be provided at the next meeting.
Fiscal agent Financial Report: The financial report was not available for the meeting.
Agenda Item 1: Public Awareness: Amy led a discussion regarding events that have recently taken place including: booths at the Stewardship Conference in Dodge City on 8-21-21, the United Way Kick Off in Dodge City on 8-27-21 and the Non-Profit Fair in Garden City on 9-3-21. A discussion was held regarding new ideas for advertising this year including monitors at the United Wireless Arena, increasing social media advertising and the Chamber Love Local Campaign.
Agenda Item 2: Membership: There are no new members at this time. Amy had recruitment packets available for task force members to take with them.
Agenda Item 3: Education: Nothing to report.
Agenda Item 4: Data Collection: Nothing to report.
Agenda Item 5: KDADS update: Juan gave the following KDADS update:
- Treatment report: The fiscal years 18 through 21 report shows an increase in year to year unduplicated count for people presenting for treatment. This went from 144 in FY18, 187 in FY19, 193 in FY20, and 203 in FY21. There has also been an increase year to year in residential treatment during that time. Most people presenting are problem gamblers themselves as opposed to concerned others. The full report is available which also covers information on the helpline, age band of people receiving treatment and helpline callers, people presenting for VEP education, gaming disorder, outpatient, residential treatment, and notable points on both.
- Responsible Gaming Education Week: The event is taking place this year from September 19-25. The theme is “Have a Game Plan”. This is based on the theme of expansion of sports betting and encouraging responsible gaming. Resources like graphics and messaging and employee resources are available on the American Gaming Association website.
- NGAGE 2.0: The second version of the report on attitudes and awareness of Americans put out by the National Council on Problem Gambling was done. This survey was administered in April of 2021 to follow NGAGE 1.0 that was collected in 2018 before the expansion of widespread sports betting in the United States. The full report will be released later this year.
- Prevention Resource: The knowmoreks.org website developed by the Kansas Prevention Collaborative is live. It’s a site designed to bring attention to multiple awareness events that take place during the year. The site includes problem gambling.
- Community Check Box: The problem gambling task forces and coalition are encouraged to continue documenting meetings, events, and media they are involved in in the CCB. The problem gambling team is working with the University of Kansas to streamline and bring more clarity to these processes.
- Voluntary Exclusion Program: There have been some proposed changes to the VEP process reported by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. These include changing the application withdrawal process, ensuring the VEP is still valid in case of any minor application defects, and changes in language from the commission and facility managers will make “every effort” to instead make “reasonable efforts” to prohibit a VEP program participant from entering the premises of gaming facilities. The process to make these changes continues.
- Problem Gambling Helpline: The helpline had been down shortly due to a carrier issue. However, the helpline is up and running again.
Old Business: Juan led a discussion regarding Responsible Gaming Education Week. The theme is “Have a Game Plan” and the dates are September 19th through September 25th. Christa has turned the script in for the radio ad and will send it to Theron Hayes to be played on that radio station as well. The casino will be promoting this as well and will let Amy know if they need items to give away.
New Business: Amy led a discussion regarding meeting in person, virtually or a hybrid of both. Debbie advised there is a conference room available next door to Catholic Charities that can be used for a hybrid meeting. There was agreement that Covid numbers are going up in the community but no feedback as to how to hold the meeting. We will continue to monitor this and make decisions as needed.
Amy led a discussion regarding what items to order for giveaways. The spray hand sanitizers and nail files have been popular more recently. Amy also suggested cooling scarf/bandana as a possible item. Amy, Debbie and Juan will be attending the virtual annual meeting tomorrow from 9:30-noon.
Next Meeting Reminder: October 14, 2021
Time of Adjournment: 2:30 p.m.