Helping you serve your clients.
You play a critical role for your community, supporting people with substance use or behavioral health disorders, problem gambling, and other needs. With support from M-TAC, you can build your capacity to identify and treat clients with problem gambling.
Supporting the treatment system in Massachusetts.
We’re the official MA Technical Assistance Center for Problem Gambling Treatment funded by the Commonwealth.
We utilize evidence to provide trainings and capacity building that help providers serve the many Massachusetts residents in need of problem gambling treatment and recovery services.
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. M-TAC utilizes 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 TA to support:
- Increased problem gambling treatment capacity
- Organizational capacity building to address problem gambling treatment
- Tracking methods, quality assurance standards, and program evaluation measures
Contact us at: MTAC@hria.org
Number of MA adult residents who have concerns with problem gambling.*
And thousands more are at risk. Learn more about how you can help clients who may be struggling with problem gambling, or find specific assessment and treatment resources to support their recovery journey.
*Volberg et al, 2017
The risk is greater for some people.
Men with a history of substance use, teens, and older adults may face a higher risk of experiencing problem gambling. M-TAC can help build your credentials and your organization’s capacity to serve people experiencing or at risk of problem gambling.
MA Problem Gambling Specialist Certification.
The official certification to build problem gambling treatment capacity.
The Massachusetts Problem Gambling Specialist (MA PGS) Certificate is the official gambling treatment certificate of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Certification builds the credentials of individuals, and treatment programs are eligible to be listed as problem gambling treatment providers through the Massachusetts Problem Gambling Helpline.
Featured trainings and resources.
Offering dynamic opportunities to build capacity.
M-TAC trainings and resources can support your continued learning and may count toward MA PGS certification.
Featured Resource 08.09.22
Are you interested in using motivational interviewing principles to encourage treatment attendance? This letter can be personalized for individual clients who've scheduled their first session to discuss gambling-related problems. Dr. Rory Pfund and his colleagues have found, in a randomized controlled trial, that it increases the likelihood that clients will attend the first session. We thank Dr. Pfund for sharing this resource.
Originated from: Cambridge Health Alliance
Get the word out.
Order free materials.
Support your clients and build awareness about problem gambling with free materials in many languages. From wallet cards to workbooks, these resources help people understand the risks, how to make changes, and how resources like the Helpline can support them.