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DHS Problem Gambling Program Training Scholarship Fund Information and Timeline

The Problem Gambling Program unit of the Behavioral Health Division offers scholarship reimbursements for training of qualified clinicians who wish to become a problem gambling treatment service provider. Eligibility requirements to receive a scholarship:

  1. Must be a Minnesota resident.
  2. Must be a fully licensed counselor as an alcohol and drug counselor, a psychologist, a social worker, a marriage and family therapist, or a psychiatric nurse.
  3. An agency may apply for the scholarship on behalf of qualifying staff.

At this time, Minnesota has one training option available for the required sixty hour Problem Gambling Treatment Training. This training is offered through the North American Training Institute/University of Minnesota. The cost of the course is $1,295.00 and must be paid up front by the scholarship recipient or by the recipient’s employer. The current scholarship reimbursement is $906.50 and will be issued to the approved student or their employer after successful completion of the training.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to advancing equity, reducing disparities in DHS program outcomes, and improving access to human services for communities experiencing inequities. The DHS Problem Gambling Program will offer full financial support towards the cost of the Problem Gambling Treatment Training (Studies in Gambling Addiction Certificate) for applicants who represent priority communities experiencing health and human services inequities that include communities of color, American Indians, veterans, LGBTQI+, and persons with disabilities. In addition full financial support may be available for applicants or providers that will be serving geographically under-represented areas of the state as determined by DHS.

Please refer to the following time table for an overview of the process.

Application timeline may change based on funding availability.

Time Period Steps
August 1 – October 31
  • Applications accepted for review by DHS
  • Applications reviewed by DHS
  • Applicants approved for scholarship
  • Applicants notified of scholarship approval
  • Include Substitute W-9 forms, as applicable (only needed if vendor number needs to be established)
  • Students MUST NOT enroll in course prior to execution of annual plan
September 1 – November 30
  • Approved applicants/students enroll
  • Students submit confirmation of enrollment to DHS
  • Students begin training
June 30
  • Scholarship recipients/Students complete training
  • Scholarship recipients/Students submit:
    • Invoice
    • Copy of completion certificate
    • Proof of payment
  • DHS BHD/Problem Gambling Program approves scholarship reimbursements
  • April 30th Final deadline to complete training and submit proof of payment, completion certificate, and invoice to Trevor Urman.
June 30
  • DHS Deadline for scholarship reimbursement

DHS Contact: Trevor Urman trevor.urman@state.mn.us 651-431-2231

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone apply for this scholarship?
No, only Minnesota residents with professional credentials such as LADC, LP, LMFT, etc.

Where can I obtain a scholarship application?
Download the scholarship application here.

How much is the scholarship for?
The scholarship is for $906.50. This is 70% of the cost of the $1,295.00 course.

Do I have to pay for the course first from my own resources?
Yes, the scholarship recipient is responsible for paying for the training at the time of enrollment and will be reimbursed $906.50 after confirmation of course completion.

How long is the training?
The training is 60 hours, self-guided online modules. Each student will work at their own pace. However, training must be completed by April 30th per DHS timeline.

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