MA Technical Assistance Center for Problem Gambling Treatment

Status: Current
Year: 2020
Location: Massachusetts
Client: Government organizations
Services Provided: Training and Technical Assistance
Technical Expertise: Mental & Behavioral Health
Website: https://gamblinghelplinema.org/ta-center/


The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Center for Problem Gambling Treatment (M-TAC) provides capacity building and technical assistance (TA) services for treatment and recovery programs and providers across the Commonwealth.

With Health Resources in Action’s history of developing and implementing statewide capacity building programs and the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance’s deep clinical and research expertise on addiction and gambling disorders, M-TAC is guided by public health principles, built on data and evidence, and focused on equity. It understands the intersection of problem gambling and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, and creates capacity building assistance in alignment with such intersections.

Our TA focuses on the sharing of expertise, instruction, skills training, and management consulting services. We offer one-on-one support, learning opportunities, and resources. Our goal is to offer support and guidance to programs providing outpatient treatment services in an effort to build their capacity to screen, assess, and treat problem gambling.

The TA Center offers support to:

  • Increase problem gambling treatment capacity
  • Build organizational capacity to address problem gambling treatment
  • Track methods, quality assurance standards, and program evaluation measures

MA PGS Certificate

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, as informed by the DSM-V, 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

Order free materials

The Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse, operated by HRiA, provides health promotion materials health and social service providers in the Commonwealth to build awareness about problem gambling. Materials are available in many languages and free for service providers and Massachusetts residents. From wallet cards to workbooks, these resources help people understand the risks, how to make changes, and how resources like the Problem Gambling Helpline can support them.

Order materials

Need help?

Massachusetts residents who need immediate support related to problem gambling can call 1.800.327.5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org to speak with a trained Specialist. Calls are free and confidential, and Specialists are available 24/7.