Video Games Can Be A Gateway To Problem Gambling, FTC Warned

The danger comes from a feature that has become embedded in a majority of the most popular video games in recent years: loot boxes, according to experts who spoke in an all-day seminar held by the agency.  A loot box is a virtual box a player can buy in a game with real or pretend money with the potential for getting virtual weapons and other aids to help the chances of winning the game or the ability to customize characters.  Read full article HERE.


Gambling as a Co-Occurring Disorder and How to Implement it into Practice

Presented by: Jeremy Wampler and Fred Fetta


This training will focus on how integration of services can be developed in substance use, mental health and co-occurring disorder programs, as well as in the prevention services realm.  Participants will be encouraged to adapt select philosophies and treatment intervention into their own programs. This training is relevant to both treatment and prevention, and will include lecture, group discussion and learning tasks.  Register Today!

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Screening Needed to Identify Gambling Addiction

By: Odessa Dwarika, Director of Programs and Services

(As Printed in “The Provider”, Vol. 40 – No. 7, Summer 2019 Newspaper, The Providers’ Council)


Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program

The statewide VSE program allows individuals to voluntarily exclude from the gaming floor of all Massachusetts casinos for a pre-determined length of time: six months, one year, three years, five years or a lifetime.

View Complete List of Drop-in Times & Locations HERE

DPH Launches Online Gambling Screening Tool

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Problem Gambling Services and the Suicide Prevention Program announced the launch of their online gambling screening tool with screening for Mental Health, a service of Riverside Community Care. This is a great resource aimed to strengthen the individual, family, and community connectedness of working-age men in Massachusetts.

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Welcome to the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
We understand the problem. We can help.

Founded in 1983, the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is a private, non-profit public health agency. We advocate for responsible gaming and gambling practices and services for those affected by gambling. We aim to reduce the impacts of gambling disorder and strive to make gambling healthy and safe for the people of Massachusetts. We are neither for nor against legalized gambling. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and by providing resources. We serve people who gamble, their families, caregivers, and the community at large.

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