VSi Introduces New 1-800 Bets Off Website
Visionary Services (VSi) recently worked with ZLRIGNITION, a Des Moines area marketing firm, to develop the new 1-800 Bets Off website. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Division of Behavioral Health established the 1-800 Bets Off program to "prevent and reduce the harm of problem gambling in Iowa."
The Bets Off site includes many important resources, including a self-test for users to evaluate their gambling behavior. While the test does not replace an evaluation with a trained professional, it does give users a sense of whether they may have a gambling problem. The results are auto-generated based on each user's answers to the test. Total statistics of all the previous tests taken to date are also available.
Another helpful online tool is the Myth/Fact Quiz. Users can test their knowledge on commonly misunderstood statements about gambling. VSi also built a Budget Wizard, an interactive tool where users select a game and the amount they would bet. Then, the Budget Wizard tool automatically calculates the 'house advantage.' The site also features a state-wide search tool that allows users to search for the nearest treatment providers by county.
While many of the tools listed above were available through the previous Bets Off site, VSi updated each of them, while creating several additional user-friendly admin tools through VSi's Site OnCall CMS solutions.
Visit http://1800betsoff.org/ to learn about their many resources and services.