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  • Assist those who may be in need of help due to their gambling problem

  • Assist individuals with self-exclusion including statewide self-exclusion

  • Maintains a database that helps track and monitor self-banned individuals (CIMS)

  • Increase awareness and provide education to our team members

  • Provide training on responsible gaming

  • Provide information and referrals to treatment sources

  • Keep a proactive approach to underage gambling

  • Provide funding for compulsive gambling certification for counselors and social workers

  • Work with schools & youth programs

  • Participate in regional functions to outreach to surrounding communities

  • Form partnerships with surrounding racinos

  • Work alongside with the court systems to help problem gamblers get treatment

  • An active member of the Lincoln County Community Health Council


Since 2007, the Mescalero Responsible Gaming Program under the leadership of Ms. Shannon Dictson has supported outreaching opportunities to create awareness and assist those who require addiction help to control themselves on tribal gaming properties throughout the state. Funded by a compact regulated by the State of New Mexico Gaming Commission, the Mescalero Apache Tribe chose to take control of its own program and participate with the state in various joint efforts.

Community Outreach

We provide information and prevention messages to the community at the annual Health & Wellness Fair and at school events.

Early Education

Our program distributes calendars and journals to area school students with prevention messages and self-help guidance; the Maze of Life; and a scholarship program to assist college-bound students.

Counselor Training

An annual Treatment Provider training is
conducted by the Evolution Group held at Inn of the Mountain Gods. This training is offered to regional counselors and it is limited to 75 counselors.

Prevention & Awareness

Our programs are designed for students, educators, adults, and counselors and combine key informative statistics with progressive measures introducing self-help settings as well as broader restrictions to help every individual who needs assistance.

Partnership with Others

We administer our services through partnership with the Mescalero Tribe, the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort, and Ski Apache to train, resource, and assist their casino team operators. 


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