The Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) have developed and set up a program to help people with gambling problems within the criminal justice system. The new service will be available across Surrey prison and is funded by GambleAware.
The charity has provided CNWL with three years of funding worth £1.03m which will enable CNWL to provide a range of treatment and therapy options for individuals who have been identified with a gambling problem. Treatments include one-to-one and group counseling and where appropriate, additional intensive options.
The new program is scheduled to start later this year in October and is the first specialist NHS treatment service for gambling issues in prison.
Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware, explained how this partnership reflects their strategic aim for community services as they want to make it easier for people harmed by gambling to access the help and support that they need.
Research suggests that there could be a significant proportion of people affected by gambling within the criminal justice system. This combined with a lack of awareness and access to treatment means many continue in their addiction and are more likely to go on to commit further crimes.