Rule 82 Online Training

The state of Minnesota requires that a person convicted of certain offenses be screened to determine whether or not compulsive gambling contributed to the offense. The screens are performed by probation officers trained to understand the basics about gambling. The requirement that probation officers perform screenings is known as Rule 82.

Northstar, working in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Corrections, helps to make sure that appropriate Rule 82 training is provided to probation officers. This training is available online to increase both accessibility and quality of training.

It’s valuable for probation officers to receive this training because of the pervasiveness of gambling in Minnesota. The more that probation officers understand about gambling addiction, the better they’ll be able to recognize the behavior.

The training for probation officers covers a range of topics, starting with an overview of gambling and problem gambling in Minnesota. It includes discussion about problem gambling warning signs, the various phases of gambling addiction, how compulsive gambling compares with chemical dependency, and provides examples of how compulsive gambling leads to crime through case studies.

The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) is introduced to probation officers during the training. The probation officer’s role and responsibility with regard to the screening is also discussed.

The training is set up so that prior to the completion of each module, a probation officer is required to pass a test to demonstrate mastery of the material.

Rule 82 training can be accessed here.

If you are interested in bringing a Rule-82 training to your department, or if you would simply like a presentation on gambling addiction, contact Mike Downey at (507) 363-0885 or mdowney515@gmail.com.