The role involves working with policymakers across the US as well as NCPG affiliates and members.
US.- The National Council on Problem Gaming (NCPG) has appointed Patrick Willard as its new director of policy and advocacy.
Willard will work with policymakers to devise measures which address problem gambling and responsible gambling at both federal and state level.
He will also work with NCPG affiliates and members to better advocate for resources to treat gambling addiction in the US and address all types of problem gambling-related issues.
Willard said in a statement: “The rapidly expanding landscape of sports betting and other gambling activities across the nation increases the need for strong responsible gambling measures being put into place and for the critical supports to address the millions of families dealing with problem gambling.
“I am also looking forward to working with counselors, health care professionals, and other affected parties to make sure the tools are in place to deal with what has, for too long, been an often-ignored mental health issue.”
Willard brings experience in advocacy to the new role from his past work with AARP, an interest group focusing on issues affecting those over fifty, and Families USA, where he was senior director for state and national strategic partnerships.
The NCPG’s executive director Keith Whyte said: “America is experiencing an unprecedented expansion of gambling that must be complemented by the adoption of robust responsible gambling programs and treatment for problem gambling at the state and federal level.
“Patrick, who has a wealth of experience in politics and health care, will be spearheading those important efforts for the NCPG. We’re excited he is joining our team.”