Responsible Gambling in Mass.

Evaluation and Training of Gambling Prevention and Treatment Services

Principal Investigators: Debi LaPlante, PhD & Howard Shaffer, PhD, CAS
Funder: Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Timeline: 2018 – 2020

This multi-year project includes developing updated versions of two resources (1) Your First Step to Change: Gambling and (2) Practice Guidelines for Treating Gambling-related Problems. For Your First Step to Change, 2nd Edition, we reviewed the content, concepts, activities, and measures to maintain a contemporary evidence-based foundation. For the Practice Guidelines, we reviewed the scientific literature related to treating gambling-related problems empirically, and organized treatments according to the strength of available evidence. The Division also currently is conducting a Gap Analysis to provide recommendations for any identified gambling treatment system gaps. In addition, the Division is conducting a preliminary evaluation of the Commonwealth’s certified Intimate Partner Abuse Education Programs’ (IPAEP) gambling-related engagement and needs.