Proposal Would Add $3.5M To Treatment Assistance for Gambling

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

TOPEKA (AP) – The state would more than quadruple the amount spent to help Kansans struggling with addiction under a budget recommendation submitted to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that state currently allocates $740,000 to help alcoholics, problem gamblers and other addicts. Gary Haulmark of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services says the budget request would increase that amount to $4.2 million.

Under state law, a portion of gambling revenue is placed in a special fund to be used to treat addicts. But in past years, the state reallocated more than 90 percent of the money in the fund for general government services.

The proposal still would allow $3.5 million raised by the gambling fund to be funneled to state programs unrelated to gambling or addiction problems.