Massachusetts funds $275K for problem gambling study

Massachusetts funds $275K for problem gambling study

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Massachusetts funds $275K for problem gambling study

Following a global trend of regulators working to improve support for problem gamblers and identify the underlying causes of the problem, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is at the forefront of the issue.

The commission is working to improve support for problem gamblers and identify the underlying causes of the problem.

In order to better identify and manage problem gambling and the harm associated with it, the regulator has granted the City of Springfield a $275,000 grant. The payment is a component of the watchdog’s Community Mitigation Fund, which is a larger initiative to address the problem. The plan is to lead an initiative centered on the Springfield Young Adult Gambling Project, which aims to get more insight into the variables that influence the rising rate of teenage gambling. In response, Interim Chair Jordan Maynard expressed gratitude for the chance to reexamine the state of affairs regarding the negative effects of gambling and the ways in which young people are affected by it. The consensus around the world that minors are more vulnerable to the negative effects of gambling is already expanding.

 To make matters worse, early gambling exposure may potentially have more detrimental effects and create a lifelong, unhealthy relationship with gambling.
Maynard said:

“Working directly with engaged young people in Springfield will help researchers and the Commission fully understand the impacts of gambling on this population and lead to additional programs designed to mitigate potential harms.”

Helen Caulton-Harris, Commissioner of the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, joined Maynard. She discussed the study that needs to be done to gain a deeper understanding of the situation at hand, with gambling presenting a particularly challenging challenge.

Caulton-Harris addede:

“This will provide a space that values lived expertise from marginalized communities to share their own stories.”

The funding that is currently available could offer an avenue of moving forward in our understanding of the harm that gambling does to young people and potential solutions.

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