Problem Gambling Treatment Program (Follow-Up)

Issued Date
May 07, 2020
Addiction Services and Supports, Office of


To assess the extent of implementation of the two recommendations included in our initial audit report Problem Gambling Treatment Program (2018-S-39).

About the Program

The Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) is responsible for administering the State’s problem gambling treatment program which includes: defining problem gambling services; developing and ensuring access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services; developing minimum standards for treatment; establishing core competencies for treatment professionals and service providers; and educating providers of other addictive disorder treatment and mental health services about problem gambling treatment services.

Our initial audit report, issued February 5, 2019, sought to determine whether OASAS had sufficient treatment programs for problem gamblers. We found that OASAS had defined problem gambling treatment, developed minimum standards for treatment, and established core competencies for treatment professionals and service providers. We also found that, since 2006, OASAS had not conducted a comprehensive needs assessment or social impact study to identify the number or location of individuals in need of such services. As such, our audit was unable to determine whether OASAS had a sufficient number of treatment programs available for problem gamblers or whether OASAS’ limited resources were applied where they were needed most. The two recommendations in our initial audit report addressed the need for a comprehensive assessment and to continue efforts to ensure accessibility to problem gambling treatment programs. 

Key Finding

OASAS has implemented both recommendations contained in our initial report.

Mark Ren

State Government Accountability Contact Information:
Audit Director
: Mark Ren
Phone: (518) 474-3271; Email: [email protected]
Address: Office of the State Comptroller; Division of State Government Accountability; 110 State Street, 11th Floor; Albany, NY 12236