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During this current health crisis, the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center)  remains open and committed to providing real-time support, help and hope to all Maryland residents.  Contact the Maryland Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-GAMBLER to be connected with Peer Support, Treatment Providers and other resources. Or email the Center directly at In this time of uncertainty, The Center staff sends sincere wishes to all to stay safe and healthy.

Getting Help

If you or someone you know needs help, call our free 24-hour helpline 1-800-Gambler. Also, Counselors with special training on gambling problems are located throughout Maryland.

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Read articles concerning problem gambling research, public awareness campaigns, human interest stories, and more.

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The Center’s training calendar features a rotating schedule that provide the opportunity to receive specialized knowledge and skills to address the issue of problem gambling.

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Public Awareness

Our public awareness campaigns provide information on gambling problems, access to information and access to help

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Screening Gambling Disorder
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award winning campaigns

The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling and Maryland Medschool Productions win Best Public Awareness Campaign award at the 32ndNational Conference on Problem Gambling for the Maryland Multi-Media Statewide Campaign 2017-2018.


The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) is a program of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and funded by the Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration. The Center promotes healthy and informed choices regarding gambling and problem gambling through public awareness, training and education, prevention, technical assistance to the behavioral health care system, peer recovery support, research and public policy. It does so by working closely with appropriate state stakeholders and bringing together experts from a variety of disciplines including psychiatry, medicine, epidemiology, social work, law and others.


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.