Problem gambling expert scheduled to speak at KDADS event

KHI News Service

TOPEKA — Mark G. Farrell, a nationally recognized expert on problem gambling, is scheduled to speak Thursday at an event sponsored by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas Bar Association.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Kansas Law Center, 1200 SW Harrison.

Farrell, a senior justice in criminal and civil court in Amherst, N.Y., founded the state’s first suburban drug court in 1996 and one of its first domestic violence courts in 1997. He also oversees the nation’s only gambling treatment court.

A proponent of therapeutic justice and intervention, Farrell is expected to discuss how a gambling treatment court might be established in Kansas.

Kansas Bar Association is the host for this event.

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