In February 2016, CHARGE faculty announced the expansion of
toolkit materials to include a
Gambling Disorder Screening Day Flyer Template. If you want to know more
about Gambling Disorder or becoming a future Screening Day host, download
the materials here:
What is Gambling Disorder?
Why Screen for Gambling
Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS)
Alliance Gambling Disorder Resources & Referral
Gambling Disorder Screening Day
If you want to
screen for Gambling Disorder at your organization, let us know! We'll add
you to our growing list of supporters from around the world!
What is CHARGE?
The Cambridge Health Alliance Readiness for Gambling
Expansion (CHARGE) Initiative is an opportunity for Cambridge Health
Alliance (CHA) to maintain its well-deserved reputation for treating
addictive behavior by being a model service provider for those who
suffer with gambling disorder and related conditions. The CHARGE
Initiative will help make CHA a leader in gambling-related treatment and
research through provider education, community outreach, treatment
practices, and innovative public health and medical research. Leading
CHA’s initial charge toward problem gambling preparedness are two key
department of psychiatry CHA organizations: (1) Outpatient Addiction
Services and (2) the Division on Addiction.
Strategic Plan Ideals
CHARGE’s vision is to make Cambridge Health Alliance the
leading gambling education, outreach, research, and treatment services
provider in Massachusetts and serve as a national model for such efforts.
CHARGE’s mission is to advance healthy communities across
the Massachusetts through the promotion of and participation in provider
training and research related to gambling disorder, addiction, and other
related mental health conditions.
CHARGE values evidence-based practices, professional
learning opportunities, and scientific research as keys to building healthy
communities. We are committed to mitigating the impacts of expanded gambling
on the public. We will demonstrate our dedication to these ideals by
creating a model gambling disorder-treatment system.
The following goals support CHARGE’s vision, mission, and
||Building awareness of gambling-related problems and
treatment solutions among CHA providers and support staff;
||Commencing a graduated education program for CHA
||Supporting and advancing existing and new community
outreach and assessment partnerships;
||Supporting and advancing existing and new treatment
||Developing CHARGE’s visibility and influence as a source
for gambling-related research, learning, and treatment; and
||Building an independent research and training
infrastructure for CHARGE.
This year's Gambling Disorder Screening Day will be
March 14, 2017. Contact the Division at
to find out how you can participate!
Looking Back: CHARGE in 2016
2016 CHARGE Faculty Presentations, Trainings, and
The BASIS dedicated its
research reviews and editorials published throughout the month to
gambling and gambling-related problems, including a first-person account of life with a
gambling disorder. Check out this special series
Dr. Debi A. LaPlante presented a
webinar, "Screening for Gambling Disorder." The
National Center for
Responsible Gambling hosted the webinar.
promoted use of our anonymous
On February 16, 2016, the Division announced that CHARGE faculty had
expanded the online Screening Day toolkit materials to include a
Day Flyer template.
Dr. Howard Shaffer lectured Addiction Psychiatry Fellows at Boston
Veterans Administration, Boston University Medical School about
The Syndrome Model of Addiction.
During June, the
Summary analysis of the Plainridge Park Casino GameSense program
activities & visitor survey: December 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016.
Drs. Heather Gray and
Howard Shaffer, along with Division staff member Layne Keating,
appeared before an
Open Meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to describe
findings from our evaluation of a local responsible gambling initiative.
2016, the Division began providing training in
The Syndrome Model of Addiction, with a focus on screening,
prevention, and treatment of gambling disorder, to CHA psychiatry
Dr. Heather Gray presented the keynote address to the Connecticut
Council on Problem Gambling. Her presentation was titled "Responsible
Gambling Interventions: State of the Field."
the Division contracted with the Massachusetts Department of Public
Health to update and revise
Your First Step to Change: Gambling and the Division's
Practical Guidelines for Treating Gambling-related Problems.
CHARGE's Third Gambling Disorder Screening Day
Gambling Disorder Screening Day on March 8, 2016 included supporters
from within Massachusetts and around the nation.
Treatment Services - North Charles Foundation, Inc.
Association of Problem
Gambling Service Administrators
Behavioral Health Network
British Columbia Lottery
The DUNES of
Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors
Institute at UNLV
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
National Center for
on Problem Gambling
New Hampshire Council on Problem Gambling
Office of Problem Gambling, California Department of Public Health
St. Francis House
Tung Wah Group of
Hospitals, Hong Kong
VA Boston Healthcare
Looking Back: CHARGE in 2015
2015 CHARGE Faculty Presentations, Trainings, and
Throughout March 2015, The BASIS published research reviews and
editorials that addressed gambling and gambling-related problems. You
can find that special series
On March 4, 2015, Dr. Matthew Tom gave a presentation at
titled "Gambling and Statistics: Beyond the Games."
On March 5, 2015, Dr. Sarah Nelson
presented to the
Massachusetts Gaming Commission about the 2015 Gambling Disorder
On March 26, 2015, Dr. Heather Gray
presented a webinar, "Addiction As Syndrome: Implications for
Understanding and Treating Gambling Disorders and Other Addictive
Behaviors." This webinar was hosted by
Screening for Mental Health.
On June 30, 2015 Dr. Sarah Nelson
discussed the latest in online gambling research on the
Gambling Issues Podcast.
CHARGE's Second Gambling Disorder Screening Day
CHARGE’s second Gambling Disorder Screening Day on March
10, 2015 included supporters from within Massachusetts and around the nation.
Looking Back: CHARGE during 2014
2014 CHARGE Faculty Presentations, Trainings, and
During February 2014, CHARGE Faculty began a 10-week gambling seminar
series to educate
Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Addiction Services about
gambling and gambling disorder. Topics included an Introduction to
CHARGE, Addiction Syndrome: From Gambling to Gambling Disorder,
Epidemiology of Gambling: Focus on Massachusetts, Games & Gambling
Involvement, Neurobiology of Gambling, Psychopharmacology and Gambling
Treatment, Internet Gambling, Exposure & Adaptation to Gambling
Opportunities, Treatment in Massachusetts, and Self-exclusion Programs.
On February 28, 2014, Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the
on Problem Gambling, wrote a
BASIS guest Editorial to announce National Problem Gambling
Awareness Month and advocate more screening on March 11, 2014 and
On March 1, 2014, Dr. Sarah Nelson
presented Using Advances in Addiction to Understand, Assess, and Treat
Gambling Problems at the
Treating the Addictions annual conference.
On March 4, 2014, Dr. Heather Gray,
CHARGE Faculty at the Division on Addiction, and Victor Ortiz, Senior
Director of Programs and Services at the
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, lead a two-hour
training at St.
Francis House about gambling disorder, screening, and Massachusetts
resources for gambling disorder in preparation for Gambling Disorder
Screening Day - 2014.
On March 19, 2014, research staff from the Division on Addiction
presented new findings related to gambling in Massachusetts at the
Harvard Psychiatry Research Day Poster Session and Mysell Lecture.
Please click here
to view the poster.
On March 20, 2014, Dr. Sarah Nelson
spoke about Internet Gambling: Behaviors, Risks, Interventions, and
Implications during a
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling research luncheon in
On April 10, 2014, Dr. Debi LaPlante
presented new findings related to gambling involvement in Massachusetts.
For more conference information, please visit:
On April 29, 2014, Dr. Sarah Nelson
visited Bridgewater University to provide gambling disorder training at
the School of Social Work as part of a post-Master's certification
program focusing on addiction.
On June 12, 2014, Dr. Debi LaPlante
spoke about Internet Gambling: A Look at the Evidence during a
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling research luncheon in
CHARGE’s First Gambling Disorder Screening Day
CHARGE’s first Gambling Disorder Screening Day on March
11, 2014 included supporters from around the nation.