• NCPG and Mass Council Support Botticelli Nomination to ONDCP

    09.09.14Keith Whyte

    NCPG and Mass Council Support Botticelli Nomination to ONDCP, recognizing a leader with gambling addiction acumen. The National Council on Problem Gambling and the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling strongly support the nomination of Michael Botticelli as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.  “We were pleased to work with Michael as the Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services when they were a lead sponsor of The 2011 National Conference on Problem Gambling in Boston.  He was a strong and passionate presenter at our conference,” says NCPG executive director Keith Whyte. According to Marlene Warner, executive director of the Mass Council and member of the NCPG Board of Directors, “Michael has been a tremendous advocate for behavioral health, including gambling addiction, in Massachusetts.  He has long fought for parity for addiction services, removal of barriers to access quality care and treatment, evidence-based prevention strategies, and an emphasis on a continuum of tools and resources easily accessible in recovery.”  Warner added “Michael was a leader in the recognition that gambling addiction shares many of the same causes and consequences as substance use disorder.  He supported and championed many innovative approaches to elevate problem gambling services into the conscience of the public health system in Massachusetts, and the nation, and would creatively determine how to best borrow what worked in other realms to support gambling-related programs.  People experiencing problems with their gambling and/or any other addiction—either personally or as a loved one—can rest assured that their personal struggles and experiences are being well-represented and articulated on a national level by someone who genuinely understands and cares about them—Michael Botticelli.” For complete press release: NCPG and Mass Council Support Botticelli ONDCP Nomination