Center on Problem Gambling

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History

The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling is a partnership of the University of Maryland and the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling.

About the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling

The Maryland Council on Problem Gambling (MCPG) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Our mission is primarily one of advocacy for those affected by gambling problems. We work to increase public awareness about problem gambling and advocate for treatment, education, prevention and research for those adversely affected by gambling and for the community at large.

The MCPG maintains a neutral stance on gambling and we neither endorse nor oppose legalized gambling.

History of MCPG

The Maryland Council on Problem Gambling began its work in Maryland in 1977 as the Maryland Council on Compulsive Gambling. On November 1, 1979, following the passage of pioneering legislation, the Drug Abuse Administration of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene awarded a grant to Johns Hopkins University to create the first state funded gambling treatment program. The Johns Hopkins Compulsive Gambling Counseling Center began offering Helpline services on November 1, 1979 and seeing clients on November 15, 1979.

Treatment, training helpline, and research efforts continued at the Mt. Wilson location of the JHU Compulsive Gambling Counseling Center until June of 1983. The program then moved to Taylor Manor Hospital in July of 1983 and continued offering gambling treatment services until December of 1991. State funding for gambling treatment ended in the late ’80s but the Maryland Council on Problem has continued to operate the Problem Gambling Helpline with and without state funding.