Norwood, MA (January 14, 2019). -The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health (MCCG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Julie Hynes as their next Director of Responsible Gambling.
Julie has specialized in problem gambling prevention since 2002. She brings to the Council leadership and expertise on regional and national levels with her work on prevention programming, research projects, advocacy and public policy, team building, training and technical assistance, and cross-sector collaboration. Her immediate past role was leading a problem gambling prevention program in Lane County, Oregon and as faculty with the University of Oregon.
Marlene Warner, Executive Director says “The Mass. Council is so pleased to have hired Julie Hynes as our first Director of Responsible Gambling. She is an internationally known public health leader in the problem gambling field and we will benefit tremendously from her experience and knowledge. We are confident that Julie will not only maintain a high level of evidence-based programming and services through our GameSense Information Centers, but also broaden our approach to expanded gaming and gambling in the Commonwealth. It is a real pleasure to count her among our Mass. Council team that work so diligently to serve people at high risk and currently experiencing problems with gambling in our 351 cities and towns.” Julie holds a Master of Arts from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
About her recent welcome to The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health Julie contributes, “During the past few years I’ve been admiring the formation of Massachusetts’ public health approach to responsible and problem gambling. In the problem gambling field, Massachusetts is seen across the United States as the beacon for its research to practice. I could not be more thrilled about joining The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health at this exciting time and am enthusiastic about leading the Council’s successful GameSense team. Additionally, with anticipated potential growth of sports betting and online gambling, I look forward to helping the Council team build partnerships and innovative practices to help promote health and mitigate harm for residents of the Commonwealth.”
The Council reminds people that if they, or someone they know, may have a gambling addiction, they can call our 24-hour helpline at 800-426-1234 or chat with us on our website www.masscompulsivegambling.org
We understand the problem and we can help.
About The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health
The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health offers programs to prevent problem gambling, connect the public with treatment and intervention services and support those in recovery. Among the services it provides is a 24-hour problem gambling support helpline, programs in schools, recovery services, and numerous other programs across the Commonwealth. The Mass. Council does not take a position in favor or against legalized gambling. Call 800-426-1234 with questions or concerns about your gambling.