Bettor Choice Programs are gambling-specific treatment programs funded by the State of Connecticut. Services are offered at more than 16 locations in Connecticut through community agencies. Most programs offer a variety of outpatient services including: individual, group, and budget counseling for both problem gamblers and family members, psychiatric evaluation for both gamblers and family members, and couples and family counseling.

You can speak with a gambling counselor or find the nearest Bettor Choice Program by dialing 860.344.2244. You can also call one of the programs listed below. When you call, make sure to specify that you are looking for help and information about problem gambling.

Bettor Choice & Problem Gambling Services Contact List

April 2016

REGION 1 – Southwest CT

POSITIVE DIRECTIONS

Bob Vietro

420 Post Road, West

Westport, CT 06880

203-227-7644, ext. 126 (All referrals)

Fax: 203-227-0037

info@positivedirections.org

 

CONNECTICUT RENAISSANCE

Melodie Keen

203-866-2541, ext. 3005 (All referrals)

Fax: 203-854-5682

melodie@ctrenaissance.com

4 Byington Place.

Norwalk, CT 06852

141 Franklin Commons

Stamford, CT

Services available in Bridgeport, CT

 

REGION 2 – South Central CT

THE CONNECTION, INC.

BETTOR CHOICE PROGRAM

860-344-2244 (All referrals)

Fax: 860-344-2360

CVH, Vance Drive, Russell Hall

P.O. Box 351

Middletown, CT 06457

 

Services also available in New Haven

48 Howe Street

New Haven, CT 06511

 

REGION 3 – Eastern CT

UNITED COMMUNITY & FAMILY SERVICES

Lisa Moon

47 Town Street, Meadows Plaza

Norwich, CT 06360

860-823-3094 (All referrals)

Fax: 860-892-2320

LMoon@ucfs.org

 

351 North Frontage Road, Suite 24

New London, CT 06320

Services also available in Griswold and

Plainfield, CT

 

REGION 4 – North Central CT

WHEELER CLINIC

Patricia Devendorf

999 Asylum Avenue

Hartford, CT 06105

860-523-9788, ext.104 (All referrals)

Fax: 860-232-5049

pdevendorf@wheelerclinic.org

860-586-7194 direct line

 

David Pogg

dpogg@wheelerclinic.org

860-782-2547 direct line

Services also available in New Britain and

Plainville, CT

 

REGION 5 – Northwest CT

MCCA Inc.

Scott Nelson

Program Manager, Problem Gambling Services

228 Meadow Street, Suite 201

Waterbury, CT 06702

203-597-0643 x 1808

203-733-4524 (all outpatient & inpatient referrals)

snelson@mccaonline.com

 

Outpatient services also available in Danbury, New Milford and Torrington. Inpatient services at McDonough House in Danbury.

 

Cost of Services

Bettor Choice Programs provide services at little or no cost. Problem gamblers and their families are often in debt and unable to pay for treatment. Treatment is never refused due to financial reasons. Some services are free and others are billed according to income. Gambling debts are often taken into consideration when establishing ability to pay. Medical insurance may cover all or part of the expense.

Your therapist or a Bettor Choices staff person will be able to answer questions about fees and payment arrangements.