Massachusetts Problem Gambling Technical Assistance Center


Project Overview

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and the Division on Addiction (the Division) at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, will provide capacity building and TA Services for treatment programs across the Commonwealth. Our partnership will leverage our combined expertise in problem gambling, SUD, and behavioral health conditions, HRiA’s history of developing and implementing statewide capacity building programs, and CHA’s deep clinical and research expertise on addiction and gambling disorders to deliver a world class capacity building program for Office of Problem Gambling Services (OPGS). Together, we will develop and implement evidence informed, data-driven capacity building, TA, and training strategies to address the co-morbidity and co-occurrence of problem gambling, substance use disorders, and other mental health disorders. We will provide treatment organizations with a range of resources, support and assistance in the development of strategies that best identify, treat and meet the optimal care and service needs of the priority populations served. Services will be customized and tailored to address the needs of DPH-funded clinical and community-based organizations and the communities they serve. The TA Center will use a health equity framework. All services will be guided by data and delivered with competencies in culture, race, ethnicity, language, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, and age. As a result of this work, organizations will increase their reach and improve treatment engagement and outcomes for those who are disproportionally impacted by gambling disorders.

Services

  • Technical Assistance to support:
    • Increased treatment capacity
    • Organizational capacity building to address problem gambling treatment
    • Tracking and quality assurance standards, and evaluation criteria.
  • Training on:
    • Social determinants, equity, and disparities to expand the individual focus of clinical practice to highlight the association between social factors and addiction
    • The comorbidity of problem gambling, mental health and substance use disorders
    • Problem gambling/gambling disorder best practices and/or compliance with other standards, including Massachusetts Problem Gambling Specialists (MA PGS) standards
    • Identification, screening, and treatment of gambling disorders among individuals with substance addiction and mental health disorders
    • Gambling treatment-training program to award a MA PGS certificate

MA PGS Certification

The Massachusetts Problem Gambling Specialist (MA PGS) Certificate is the official gambling treatment certificate of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Massachusetts Problem Gambling Specialist (MA PGS) Certificate recognizes professional experience, training, and understanding of gambling disorder among substance use disorder clinicians. It was created to help these clinicians understand and recognize the importance of screening, assessing, and treating gambling disorders among their clients.

All certified and licensed substance use disorder clinicians are encouraged to meet the minimum requirements (described below) to receive a MA PGS Certificate so that they can address the needs of patients and clients with gambling disorders.

The MA PGS Certificate is managed and administered by Health Resources in Action (HRiA) on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Office of Problem Gambling Services (OPGS).

Apply for or renew your MA PGS Certificate here

Need Help?

For residents who need immediate support related to problem gambling, they can call 1.800.327.5050 or visit helplinema.org/problemgambling to speak with a trained Specialist. Specialists are available 24/7 and services are free and confidential.