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08/05/2012 - ATIN- Rhode Island has eliminated funding for a program that offered help to compulsive gamblers, and the psychologist who ran the program says he's being forced to turn away potential patients even as two slots parlors seek to expand into full casinos. Since 2001, psychologists at Rhode Island Hospital have provided therapy to 1,600 problem gamblers who are uninsured or who lack the ability to pay for treatment. The state originally dedicated $150,000 a year to the program but the amount dropped to $67,000 in the most recent fiscal year that ended June 30. This year, the General Assembly eliminated funding altogether. Instead, lawmakers voted to make Newport Grand and Twin River slot parlors contribute at least $100,000 to gambling addiction treatment, but only if voters pass referendums this fall that would authorize table games like poker and blackjack at the two facilities.

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