The Maryland Council on Problem Gambling (MCPG) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Its mission is primarily one of advocacy for those affected by gambling problems, working 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. 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 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.