The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling is a program of The University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry collaborating with the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling as well as many other agencies in the state, dedicated to responsible gambling and assisting individuals with gambling problems. It is funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).
- Providing a free and confidential 24-hour helpline
- Maintaining a problem gambling counselor referral list and developing a network of problem gambling capable treatment providers.
- Training counselors, educators, prevention specialists, and other health care and social service providers and developing new training approaches
- Developing and implementing prevention and community outreach programs
- Engaging in evaluation and research
- Educating the citizens of Maryland through public awareness campaigns
The Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling is a program of the University of Maryland School of Medicine affiliated with the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling and funded by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). The Center brings together experts in treatment, training, education and prevention. The Center is dedicated to: helping the citizens of Maryland understand the problems associated with gambling which can become a devastating addiction; training clinicians throughout the state to be effective with gambling addiction clients; and to carrying out vital evaluation and research.
For most people gambling is a form of entertainment. Few people realize that for some people gambling can become a devastating addiction, destroying families and relationships as well as negatively impacting careers. For some people, the addiction becomes so strong that it overtakes moral values and results in crimes to obtain more money for gambling. With more and more gambling opportunities becoming available in Maryland, it is essential for everyone to recognize the signs and symptoms of gambling problems and how to get help.