Yellowhawk offers new Problem Gambling Program - Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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Yellowhawk offers new Problem Gambling Program

Yellowhawk offers new Problem Gambling Program


MISSION, OREGON – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will launch a Problem Gambling Program effective April 1, 2020.

2-3% of the Oregon adult population self-identifies as having a gambling problem. The percentage is really higher, at 7%, if people are honest about their gambling. Gambling has the highest risk of suicide of any addiction due to shame, guilt and emotions surrounding the loss of money, resources, and family.

The first Problem Gambling Group will begin Thursday April 2, 2020 from 3:30-430pm. An ASAM or MH assessment and treatment plan must be completed to participate in this group. Yellowhawk is providing transportation and childcare during afternoon groups Monday-Thursday to reduce barriers to treatment.

Yellowhawk’s new Problem Gambling Program falls under Behavioral Health Department’s Chemical Dependency Program, which is led by Shayne Arndt, CADC III, Chemical Dependency Clinical Manager. Dolores Jimerson, LCSW, Mental Health Clinical Manager, supports this program development.

Pam Fisher, CADC I and CGAC I Trainee and LeeAndria Witcraft, MSW, CSWA, CGAC I Trainee will provide community education at local events after April 1, 2020.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center’s CEO, Lisa Guzman shared that “Our goal is to deliver a broad scope of behavioral health services and  we are pleased to add Problem Gambling to the services we provide to the Yellowhawk community.”

For further information contact:

Heather Anderson, Shayne Arndt, or Pam Fisher

Phone: 541.966.9830

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Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  It provides primary healthcare and additional services to more than 3,000 American Indian/Alaska Native patients.

Yellowhawk Vision: Our Tribal community achieves optimal health through a culture of wellness.

Yellowhawk Mission: It is our mission to empower our Tribal community with opportunities to learn and experience healthy lifestyle.


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