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Honorable Cheryl Moss (Ret.), Clark County, State of NevadaHonorable Cheryl Moss (Ret.), Clark County, State of Nevada

In 2018, Honorable Cheryl Moss (Ret.) established and presided over Nevada's first Gambling Treatment Diversion Court (GTDC).

Honorable Mark Farrell (Ret.)
June 27, 1947 — Aug. 26, 2019Honorable Mark Farrell (Ret.) June 27, 1947 — Aug. 26, 2019

In 2001, the late Honorable Mark Farrell began the first Gambling Treatment Court in the U.S.  It was located in Amherst, NY.  The court is no longer active which makes Nevada currently the only state to have a GTDC Court.  

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Dr. Robert Custer and Dr. Rena Nora were psychiatrists and pioneers in their field.  In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association recognized pathological gambling as an Impulse Control Disorder in DSM-III.

 

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RENA NORA M.D. was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She was also the medical director of the Intensive Outpatient Program for Problem Gamblers at the Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Healthcare System. She served as commissioner of the Governor's Commission on Mental Health and Developmental Services as well as the Board of Examiners for the Nevada State Board for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors. Dr. Nora served as chief of psychiatry for almost 30 years both at the New Jersey and Las Vegas VA Medical Centers. She was also a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Dr. Nora was a graduate of the La Consolacion College High School Class of 1956. She obtained her degree in medicine from the University of Santo Tomas and took up her psychiatry residency at the Bergen Pines County Hospital in New Jersey and the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University in New York. She has written many books and articles as well as conducted research on topics such as suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, problem gambling, and transcultural psychiatry. Dr. Nora was very active in community affairs. She has been president of many Filipino-American organizations and professional associations both at national and state levels in the United States. She was given many awards for outstanding achievements in professional and community endeavors. Dr. Nora was the recipient of the Herman Goldman Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest award conferred by the National Council on Problem Gambling for her pioneering work in the treatment of problem gamblers and their families. Her life achievements reflect not only outstanding professional contributions but her passion to serve others based on her belief in the beauty and dignity of the human spirit. 

 

*** Dr. Nora was the mother of Judge Cheryl Moss (Ret.), the first judge to create and preside over Nevada's first Gambling Treatment Diversion Court, currently the only gambling court in the U.S.  

 

 

*** Dr. Nora also was a co-founder of the American Compulsive Gambling Counselor Certification Board in 1988 and served as a board member until she moved from NJ in 1994.  In honor of her contribution, she was given Certification #1 by the Board.

 

 

*** Dr. Nora was named Person of the Year in 1988, by the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ.

 

 

*** Dr. Nora was a board member of the National Council on Problem Gambling for many years and continued until her passing in 2008.  

 

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Arnie Wexler is a certified compulsive gambling counselor (CCGC) and was the executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey for eight years. He currently works with his wife, Sheila, as a consultant and presenter on the subject of compulsive gambling addiction.  Arnie is an expert on the subject of compulsive gambling and has been involved in helping compulsive gamblers for over 34 years. He has appeared on many of America's top television shows, including Oprah, Nightline, and 48 Hours. He has been quoted and profiled in hundreds of magazines and newspapers. Arnie has presented workshops and training seminars nationally and internationally. He has spoken to gaming industry executives, Fortune 500 corporations and legislative bodies, and on college campuses. He has carried out training for the National Football League.

 

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Professor Bill Eadington served as an advisor on the Subcommittee on Legal Issues of the Nevada Governor's Advisory Commission on Problem Gambling.  He helped with the passage of the law for gambling diversion in 2009 and which later evolved into the establishment of the Gambling Treatment Diversion Court. in 2018.  

"William R. Eadington (1946-2013) was an American economist and the founder of Gambling Studies. He served as the Philip J. Satre chair in Gaming Studies in the Department of Economics and the director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_R._Eadington)

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Those afflicted with gambling disorder often experience stigma and shame.  Disordered gambling is a disease, not a moral failing.

GTDC Courts are problem-solving courts, save taxpayers' money, and ensure restitution to victims.  GTDC Courts save lives and families.