Center on Problem Gambling


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 neither endorses nor opposes legalized gambling. The MCPG works to partner with the recovering community, the gaming industry, and others to support increased awareness and advocacy for those affected by gambling problems.

Now in partnership with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center), the MCPG contracts with the Center to administer the Helpline and offer training and education programs and materials statewide.


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 Nov. 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 thru July 2011 when the Council joined with the Center to offer this and other services.


The Maryland Council on Problem Gambling is the Maryland affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling. The National Council has over 35 state affiliates and works to advocate for problem gamblers nationally and internationally. The National Council offers an annual conference on problem gambling, the oldest and largest in the world, in addition to advocacy work on a federal level, among the military, for ongoing research, prevention programs and evaluation of program effectiveness.


Deborah Haskins

Deborah G. Haskins, Ph.D., LCPC, NCGC II
President, Maryland Council on Problem Gambling; Board of Directors,
International Gambling Counselor Certification Board;
Assistant Professor/Director of Counseling Programs in the School of Education at Trinity Washington University.

Dr. Haskins is a Counselor Educator, a licensed professional counselor, and previously served as Vice Chair and Chair of Credentials Committee for the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists in Maryland (2002-2010). Dr. Haskins is a Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor II and Board Approved Clinical Consultant. Dr. Haskins provides clinical and consulting services nationally on cultural competency, gambling addiction recovery, and mental health topics, and publishes in the area of cultural diversity.

Michael Hundt
Executive Director, Maryland Council on Problem Gambling

Mr. Hundt is an executive-level manager with over 18 years experience in sales, clinical operations, program development, and disease management for the Health Services industry. Mr. Hundt works closely with state and federal regulatory agencies and Maryland legislative representatives to ensure proper healthcare policies for both private and public entities. Since 2000, Mr. Hundt has been an active member of the U.S. Naval Reserves, specializing in combat emergency care and medical personnel training at military hospitals. Mr. Hundt’s philanthropic efforts include Board of Directors membership for the William S. Baer School (for children with severe multiple disabilities).