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CHARGE Faculty Expands Toolkit

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 Disorder?
Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS) Description
Cambridge Health Alliance Gambling Disorder Resources & Referral
Gambling Disorder Screening Day Flyer Template

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 values:

1. Building awareness of gambling-related problems and treatment solutions among CHA providers and support staff;
2. Commencing a graduated education program for CHA providers;
3. Supporting and advancing existing and new community outreach and assessment partnerships;
4. Supporting and advancing existing and new treatment evaluation efforts;
5. Developing CHARGE’s visibility and influence as a source for gambling-related research, learning, and treatment; and
6. 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 info@divisiononaddiction.org to find out how you can participate!

Looking Back: CHARGE in 2016

2016 CHARGE Faculty Presentations, Trainings, and Announcements

CHARGE's Third Gambling Disorder Screening Day

CHARGE's third Gambling Disorder Screening Day on March 8, 2016 included supporters from within Massachusetts and around the nation.


Addiction Treatment Services - North Charles Foundation, Inc.

Advocates, Inc.

Answer House

Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators

Behavioral Health Network

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

The DUNES of Easthampton

Gavin Foundation

Institute for Community Health

International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors

International Gaming Institute at UNLV


Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Middlesex DUIL

Mt. Auburn Hospital

National Center for Responsible Gambling

National Council on Problem Gambling

New Hampshire Council on Problem Gambling

Office of Problem Gambling, California Department of Public Health


St. Francis House

Sullivan House

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Hong Kong

VA Boston Healthcare Systems

Looking Back: CHARGE in 2015

2015 CHARGE Faculty Presentations, Trainings, and Announcements

  • Throughout March 2015, The BASIS published research reviews and editorials that addressed gambling and gambling-related problems. You can find that special series here.

  • On March 4, 2015, Dr. Matthew Tom gave a presentation at Wheelock College 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 Screening Day.

  • 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 Announcements

  • 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 National Council on Problem Gambling, wrote a BASIS guest Editorial to announce National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and advocate more screening on March 11, 2014 and beyond.

  • 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 Springfield, Massachusetts.

  • On April 10, 2014, Dr. Debi LaPlante presented new findings related to gambling involvement in Massachusetts. For more conference information, please visit: http://www.masscompulsivegambling.org/.

  • 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 Boston, Massachusetts.

CHARGE’s First Gambling Disorder Screening Day

CHARGE’s first Gambling Disorder Screening Day on March 11, 2014 included supporters from around the nation.

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