Family & Children’s Association (FCA) is opening two Gambling Support and Wellness Centers, the first of their kind on Long Island.
The new centers will be located in Hempstead and Hicksville.
New York recently announced that it generated $862 million from mobile sports wagering in its second year of operation, according to an FCA statement. When added to $693 million and $200 million in licensing fees collected in 2022, that brings the total generated revenue to $1.75 billion.
Though gambling can be considered a form of entertainment, the National Council on Problem Gambling says about 4 million to 6 million Americans have a gambling problem. With the increase in online sports betting, gambling has reached newer, younger audiences, many unaware of the larger consequences of problem gambling.
FCA, with its 140-year history of helping Long Islanders, has won a state license from the Office of Addiction Services and Supports to provide problem gambling counseling and support to those who need or want help. Its new Gambling Support and Wellness Centers will offer individual, group, and family counseling; and financial counseling and planning to individuals and families experiencing problem gambling issues.