Group Name: COSTI Immigrant Services – Problem Gambling Services

Description: Meeting the needs of a diverse society since 1952, COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency providing employment, educational, settlement and social services to all immigrant communities, new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance. COSTI strives to be a leader in community service by using a client focused, proactive, and innovative approach in planning, developing and delivering services. Our programs ensure that regardless of language or cultural barriers, people who arrive in Canada are able to use their existing skills, learn new ones, and participate actively in all aspects of Canadian life.

The services offered through COSTI’s Problem Gambling Service includes culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention, education, and treatment for gamblers and family members in the Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish Canadian community, as well as outreach and public education prevention activities directed towards various ethno-cultural communities. The program works collaboratively with ethno-specific agencies and the Canadian Association for Mental Health Services to deliver prevention activities in the various ethno-cultural communities. The treatment service is client centered and easy to access for the Italian Canadian community. COSTI’s Problem Gambling Service, uses a model of intervention that is culturally based and linguistically appropriate, incorporating a harm reduction approach, and motivational, cognitive, behavioural and solution focused counselling.

****There is no cost for this program. Services are available to all Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish Canadians residing in Toronto and York Region. Staff at this location speak English, Italian and Spanish.

Where: Family and Mental Health Services, Sheridan Mall, 1700 Wilson Ave., Suite 105
| Toronto, ON M3L 1B2

When: Program intake occurs Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For services in Portuguese, contact: Ricadina Pereira Portuguese Mental Health and Addicition Services, 399 Bathurst Street | Toronto, ON M5T 2S8 | Phone: 416-603-5974, Ext. 5891

Contact: 416-658-1600 | 416-244-7714 | 1-866-222-9993 | gamblingservices@costi.org | info@costi.org | www.costi.org

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