UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO BUDGET CUTS We have had to cancel the 2017 Massachusetts Conference on Gambling Problems
The Continuum of Care: From Prevention to Recovery

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and we are deeply saddened to have to cancel this year’s conference. This conference has been a wonderful opportunity to provide valuable and cutting edge information about gambling disorder and treatment to providers, health care professionals, casino and lottery industry representatives, employee service representatives, attorneys, educators, parents, concerned residents, the law enforcement and criminal justice communities, problem gamblers, family members and those in recovery.

If you have purchased a ticket to this event and would like a refund please contact Krystle Kelly at as soon as possible. c1


We will be presenting the following awards to people who have made a difference in the field: 

Thomas N. Cummings Leadership Award This award originated in 1995, when presented to Thomas N. Cummings for his outstanding work and dedication to those affected by problem gambling. Tom founded the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling in 1982, and served as its Executive Director for 11 years. Tom’s passion and dedication to the Mass Council and its mission grew from his own experience with problem gambling. Previous recipients of the award included: Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, Keith Whyte; Director of Outpatient Psychiatry and PARC at Mount Auburn Hospital, Dot Duda; the Founder and former Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, Marvin Steinberg; Director of the Harvard Medical School Division on Addictions, Dr. Howard Shaffer; and former Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Executive Director, Kathleen M. Scanlan. The Leadership Award is presented to an individual that shows visioncourage, and dedication in the field of problem gambling. The 2016 awardee was Judge Mark Farrell. c4

Kathleen M. Scanlan Advocacy Award This award was developed in honor of Kathleen M. Scanlan, former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, who retired after 24 years of service. Under Kathy’s leadership, the organization achieved many milestones in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and other agencies. Kathy also strengthened the Council’s infrastructure through the development of policies and procedures, and advocated for and secured state funding for problem gambling services in Massachusetts through the legislative budget.  Kathy tirelessly advocated at the state level to ensure that problem gambling services was a recognized disorder in our public health system and also was integral in ensuring that the current legislation that expanded gambling in the Commonwealth included robust measures to mediate risks associated with gambling and ensured robust services to people struggling with gambling disorders. The recipient of the Advocacy award shows compassion through action for people experiencing problems with gambling and their loved ones. The individual is active in policy making or in changing policy to positively impact the lives of the state’s most vulnerable citizens by advocating on the local, state or federal levels. The 2016 awardee of the Advocacy Award was Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner, Enrique Zuniga.

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Industry Award This award will be presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates exemplary effort in implementing or promoting a responsible gambling program within the industry. The purpose is to recognize industry operators that have gone the extra mile to provide information on problem gambling for both their customers and employees. The recipient not only meets, but goes above and beyond the criteria by requiring that all facility employees participate in the responsible gambling program and understands their role in providing assistance to persons in need. The 2016 awardee was presented to Steve O’Toole, General Manager of Racing for Plainridge Park Casino.

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Media Award This award will be presented to an individual or organization for outstanding media coverage that heightens awareness of problem gambling among citizens of the Commonwealth. The recipient will be a reporter, producer or media venue that takes the time to fully understand the issue of problem gambling. They will ask the insightful and meaningful questions, capture compelling sentiments and key messages, and in turn develop a story that is effective in conveying the Council’s mission, raising awareness of problem gambling and garnering public support for our cause. The 2016 awardee was Jim Hand of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle for his steady and responsible reporting of problem gambling and gambling disorder in the Commonwealth.c2

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Trailblazer Award This award will be presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates dedication to maintaining a consistent standard of excellence within the field of problem gambling in the Commonwealth.The recipient exhibits commitment to ensuring that gambling disorders are always considered in any changes to services, policies, regulations and guidelines. S/he represent the values and mission of the Council and tirelessly advocate for the rights and needs of people living with gambling disorders and their families. The 2016 awardee was Susan D. McLaughlin, M.P.A., C.P.P., Prevention Services Coordinator for the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services. 

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Treatment Award This is a new award, meant to recognize councilors and people working on gambling disorder recovery who promote wellness and education around gambling disorder as part of their regular practice, without whom our work would be that much more difficult. The 2016 awardee was C. Baxter Chandler, LICSW, MA-PGS, Clinical Supervisor, Adult Partial Hospital Program at Baystate Medical Center and social worker with over 20 years of clinical, supervisory and administrative experience. We have worked with Baxter for many years and his commitment to problem gambling has been inspiring.c3

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling James K. Springs Award The 2016 award was presented by its namesake, friend, and long-time supporter, Jim Spriggs. Jim is a fierce advocate for the Council, as a philanthropist, as a vocal political activist, and a friend to folks seeking recovery from gambling disorder. Jim presented the award to Leonard Lacy, who has lived up to the huge expectations this award represents. Leonard works as a contingent with the Square One program helping prison inmates and former inmates with a history of gambling disorder find resources for recovery and help them to adjust to their new life. Leonard is a committed advocate for people in recovery, always trying to find news ways to access vulnerable populations and trying to promote help and hope by sharing his story.

For more information about the conference, to nominate someone for an award, or sponsorship opportunities contact Director of Development and Communication, Krystle Kelly, at 617.426.4554.