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Office of Problem Gambling

What is CalGETS?

California Gambling Education and Treatment Services Program (CalGETS) is a no-cost, confidential treatment program for individuals 18 and over with a gambling disorder and those who are negatively impacted by problem gambling behavior. Licensed health providers can become authorized CalGETS providers, able to receive fee-for-service reimbursement from the State. Think of becoming a CalGETS provider as adding a specialty to your existing license which includes an additional revenue source!​​

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CalGETS Phase I Training

Become an Authorized CalGETS Provider

The Office of Problem Gambling (OPG), in partnership with UCLA Gambling Studies Program (UGSP), is currently recruiting licensed therapists to participate in the CalGETS program. 

To become an authorized provider in the CalGETS, therapists must complete online state-funded training focusing on the treatment of problem and pathological gamblers. Training consists of prerequisite self-guided online material and live virtual classroom training with an instructor for 3 days, 4 hours each. The Phase I training will provide an opportunity to obtain up ​​​to 10 continuing education units (CEUs).

Get Started in 3 Simple Steps​

Step 1: Submit the FREE CalGETS Provider Enrollment Application (PDF) ​

Step 2: Complete the FREE self-guided online training

Step 3: Attend a live virtual classroom training with an instructor. (3 days, 4 hours each)

Requirements - Therapists must m​eet the criteria below to participate.
  • Possess a licensed clinical degree, current and in good standing: Doctor of Medicine MD; Doctor of Psychology PsyD; Doctor of ​​​Philosophy in Psychology PhD; Research Psychoanalyst RP; Marriage and Family Therapist MFT; or Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW, or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC
  • No violations or pending actions as a result of a formal complaint to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Board of Psychology, and Medical Board of California
  • Current malpractice insurance
  • Have a HIPPA co​​​mpliant personal computer with Internet access

No Cost - CalGETS participants will not be charged a registration fee for training. All participants must be in attendance through the entire live, virtual classroom training with the exception of official breaks.​

FAQs​​

What is the reimbursement rate for treatment services?
The reimbursement rate is currently $120 per hour long sessions for outpatient clients.

How would I get CalGETS clients?
Many clients who receive treatment have been referred by 1-800-GAMBLER, family, friends, other clients, and gambling establishments. The most successful providers in CalGETS are those who are active with their own outreach – for example, they advertise, they put the information on their websites and social media, they reach out locally, they offer free screenings, or they work with partners of the community.​

Will I receive a certification after completing training?
After completing training, providers will receive a certificate of completion in the form of a continuing education certificate. The Office of Problem Gambling does not certify providers. Those who have completed training will be referred to as an “Authorized CalGETS Provider.” Being an authorized provider means you are approved to be reimbursed for problem gambling treatment services you provide in CalGETS.

After I complete CalGETS training, will I be considered a state employee?​
Licensed therapists who complete CalGETS training and complete the authorization process are not considered to be state employees. A simple way to view the CalGETS program is as a supplement to your existing work.

What if I do not yet have my license? Can I still take the training?​
Therapists who are in the process of acquiring one of the listed licenses may submit an application for review.​​

For more information, email opg@cdph.ca.gov.

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