Given the current situation with Covid-19, NPGA will be postponing the Vision 2020 conference planned for April 30 – May 1. We are extremely disappointed that we’re unable to go forward with our conference as planned. However, we are looking at possible dates in the fall and will keep you updated as the situation evolves.

If you registered for the conference, NPGA will provide a full refund within the coming weeks. We have also informed the hotel that the block of rooms won’t be used and released all reservations made under the block. If you made arrangements for electricity for your booth, please contact the Earle Brown Heritage Center directly.

Thank you again for your interest in our conference. Please take care of yourself during this most difficult time.

While Minnesota is one of 40 states with a funded problem gambling program, it’s been a while since we’ve taken a comprehensive look at the delivery system through the eyes of all the stakeholders. It’s a good time to do so with the many changes that have occurred over the last decade. As we experience the fastest and largest expansion of gambling in the U.S., how can the Alliance and its stakeholders better respond to the needs of those impacted by problem gambling and gambling disorder?

We’re taking a different approach this year. The first day will follow a traditional conference agenda with sessions focusing on two significant areas: treatment/research and responsible gambling. The second day will use the World Café model — a structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables — to explore significant questions about the way problem gambling services are delivered.

Deadline for registration is April 20, 2020.

Topics Include:

  • Gambling, the brain, and impulsivity
  • Gambling responsibly: lessons learned from the NCPG “NGAGE” study and the MN positive play survey
  • Best practices for individual/family treatment
  • Objectives and trends in responsible gambling programs – a look at Washington and Canada
  • The blurring lines of gambling and gaming/strategies for healthy relationships with technology
  • Responsible gambling and player health
  • How gambling affects the family and the role of the family in treatment
  • How to we improve the delivery system of problem gambling services in the State of Minnesota?

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who has a touchpoint with gambling including gambling, alcohol and drug addiction counselors and therapists, social workers, school and church leaders, other health care and social service workers, lawyers, financial professionals, gaming industry representatives, compliance representatives, legislators and people in recovery and their families. CEU credits have been applied to various professional boards.


Reserve your room at Embassy Suites by clicking here or by calling (763) 560-2700 and mentioning group NPG. You must reserve your room by March 29 to received the discounted group rate. Limited availability. Traveling more than 200 miles roundtrip? NPGA is offering complimentary hotel room for the evening of April 30. Please contact Linda Bisdorf at (612) 424-8595 or email

Earle Brown
Heritage Center

6155 Earle Brown Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55430

March is Problem Gambling Month