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The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is a private, non-profit organization committed to providing leadership in reducing the social, financial, and emotional costs of problem gambling and to promoting a continuum of prevention and intervention strategies including information and education, advocacy and referral services for problem gamblers, their families and the greater community. The Council does not take a position for or against gambling as such. While the Council is not anti-gambling, we do advocate for healthy public policy related to gambling. We believe that a state that sponsors, endorses, and promotes gambling has a unique responsibility toward understanding, preventing and addressing problems associated with gambling.
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling was founded in 1983 by Thomas N. Cummings and small group of people who had experienced the devastation of compulsive gambling in their own lives. When Tom sought help for his gambling problem, he discovered there were no resources available to him. He eventually founded the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling to provide help to problem gamblers and their families. The Council was funded in 1987 by a mandate of the State Legislature. The Legislature determined that since the Commonwealth offers gambling to its citizens through the Lottery and racetracks that it needed to provide for those negatively impacted by this activity. Funds originally came from unclaimed Lottery winnings. Later legislation included contributions from all four racetracks as well. Funds are administered through the Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (DPH/BSAS).
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