MNAPG’s outreach efforts continue in full swing. Sonja Mertz, our community educator, went through training to become a certified prevention professional. This will allow for access to prevention resources and continued involvement in prevention training.

The fall season was packed with conference and training opportunities. MNAPG hosted exhibit tables at a co-occurring disorder conference, the Addiction and Faith conference, Program Sharing conference (hosted by the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center), MARRCH (Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health) conference, Minnesota Corrections Association conference in Nisswa, Evergreen Family Services conference in Bemidji, recovery seminar at Metro State University, National Alliance on Mental Illness conference, Allied Charities convention and the Association of Minnesota Counties conference.

Sonja also had the opportunity to provide presentations at the Evergreen Conference (family and youth services) and the Allied Charities Convention (charitable gambling managers). Both audiences seemed particularly interested in youth gambling and how gaming and sports betting are impacting the gambling behavior of young people.

If you’d like to have Sonja speak to a group about gambling addiction prevention, please call (612) 424-8595.

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