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    • APRIL 19, 2021
    Live a Less-Stressed Life

    Live a Less-Stressed Life

    Stress. It’s normal and no one is immune.  April is Stress Awareness Month, an annual campaign of awareness and education begun in 1992. This month, let’s take a moment to recognize that most of us feel, or have felt, stress in some way at some time in our lives, especially in these current times of

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    • APRIL 12, 2021
    Alcohol and Gambling Addiction – Not a Good Mix!

    Alcohol and Gambling Addiction – Not a Good Mix!

    Research shows that addictive disorders, such as pathological gambling and alcohol use disorders frequently co-occur at greater than chance levels. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a national public health awareness campaign developed to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and treatment of alcoholism. Adding problematic gambling behavior into the mix of frequent alcohol consumption

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    • APRIL 6, 2021
    Child Neglect and Problem Gambling

    Child Neglect and Problem Gambling

    Families, in any formation, are the core of our communities. It is through awareness, collaboration and support that we keep families and the communities they live in strong, healthy and vibrant.  This April, the Center joins the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Children’s Bureau to support National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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    • APRIL 6, 2021
    Child Neglect and Problem Gambling

    Child Neglect and Problem Gambling

    Families, in any formation, are the core of our communities. It is through awareness, collaboration and support that we keep families and the communities they live in strong, healthy and vibrant.  This April, the Center joins the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Children’s Bureau to support National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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    • MARCH 17, 2021
    This March, take the “madness” out of gambling

    This March, take the “madness” out of gambling

    The 2021 NCAA basketball tournament begins on March 18th providing thrills and surprises for the next two weeks. Excitement is building, and part of the fun is completing tournament brackets, whether sponsored by an organization or through friends. Over 47 million Americans are predicted to bet on this year’s tournament, both legally and “illegally.” For

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    • MARCH 15, 2021
    Screen for Gambling Disorder

    Screen for Gambling Disorder

    It is important in address gambling behavior in substance use and mental health programs. Screening, although not a diagnosis, helps to identify individuals who should seek further assessment for potential gambling-related problems. Research also shows individuals with substance use and mental health disorders are at higher risk for having a gambling problem. Click Here to

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    • MARCH 1, 2021
    March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), held each March, is a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign created and sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling to educate the general public and healthcare professionals on problem gambling.  The focus is to elicit discussions and to “Have the Conversation” about the risks of gambling, the signs

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    • FEBRUARY 8, 2021
    Family, Finances and Gambling

    Family, Finances and Gambling

    The first few months of every New Year brings a focus to finances and financial discussions, whether it’s in the context of a new year’s resolution or preparation to file taxes in the spring.  Financial discussions within the family may not always be easy, especially in this current time of heightened stress. Add into the

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    • FEBRUARY 1, 2021
    Ready for the BIG GAME this weekend? If you bet – PLAY IT SAFE!

    Ready for the BIG GAME this weekend? If you bet – PLAY IT SAFE!

    This weekend (Sunday, February 7, 2020) is football’s Big Game, one of the most celebrated sports events of the year.  It’s also one of the biggest sports events for placing a bet.  This year, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA) an estimated 23.2 million people in the U.S. will wager around $4.3 billion on

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    • JANUARY 15, 2021
    Mega Millions & Powerball Jackpots

    Mega Millions & Powerball Jackpots

    This weekend, Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are reaching record highs (estimated at $750 million and $640 million respectively). It could be a big win for a lucky individual – but for those struggling with problematic gambling behaviors, it’s an even bigger gamble. Click Here to learn more.

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    • DECEMBER 1, 2020
    ‘Tis the Season to Gift Responsibly

    ‘Tis the Season to Gift Responsibly

    At this gift-giving time of year, lottery scratch off tickets are a popular and easy gift to slip into a stocking or a present. Many view gifting lottery tickets as harmless fun for any age that adds a touch of excitement in the anticipation of possibly winning money. However, research shows that children who gamble

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    • NOVEMBER 1, 2020
    November is Veterans Awareness Month

    November is Veterans Awareness Month

    Gambling can be fun entertainment, but some, gambling can get of control and become an addition resulting in financial problems, legal issues, family/relationship conflict, and even suicide attempts. Nearly 10% of U.S. Veterans struggle with disordered gambling, a rate two-three times higher than the general population. There are dedicated resources and “no cost” counseling for

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    • AUGUST 31, 2020
    FY21 Problem Gambling Training Launched

    FY21 Problem Gambling Training Launched

    The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling is committed to build the capacity of mental health, substance use and other health care and prevention professionals through training and education to address the issue of problem gambling. Training is offered on a variety of topics and all training is offered free of charge. 

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    • APRIL 28, 2019

    2019 Jeffrey M. Beck Scholarship

    Honoring a Maryland Clinician for their Commitment and Passion in Providing Gambling Disorder Treatment to Individuals and their Families Overview Jeffrey (Jeff) M. Beck held the position of the Center’s Clinical Director from March, 2015, to March, 2018.  Although his passing on March 10, 2018, was unexpected, his legacy of commitment and passion to provide hope

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    • AUGUST 30, 2018
    Supreme Court’s Decision on Sports Betting

    Supreme Court’s Decision on Sports Betting

    Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association The Supreme Court’s Decision on Sports Betting in the United States: The Federal Government May Not Force States to Prohibit Sports Wagering. The Law In 1992, Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).1 While the federal law did not ban sports betting nationwide, it prohibited states

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    • OCTOBER 8, 2014
    Inmates Face Problem Gambling Habit

    Inmates Face Problem Gambling Habit

    By Justin George The Baltimore Sun 6:00 a.m. EDT, October 8, 2014. Joy remembers the day that risking a few dollars for fun turned into a rush she couldn’t control. It was Feb. 14, 2000, at the casino in Charles Town, W.Va. She plunked some money into a slot machine, and out came hundreds of

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    • APRIL 21, 2014
    Center Staff Contributes to 26th Annual NCADD Tuerk Conference

    Center Staff Contributes to 26th Annual NCADD Tuerk Conference

    The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling participated in the April 9th Tuerk Conference, held at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year’s theme: “Impact on Behavioral Health” attracted over 1400 professionals from Maryland and surrounding States. The Maryland Center of Excellence along with the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling jointly provided training and prevention

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    • FEBRUARY 28, 2014
    B’More Healthy Expo

    B’More Healthy Expo

    You’re invited to the “Must go, must see, must-be there event”, the B’More Healthy Expo! The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling in partnership with The Maryland Council on Problem Gambling would like to invite you to join them at the B’More Healthy Expo this Saturday, March 1st from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the

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    • FEBRUARY 27, 2014
    The National Council on Problem Gambling Promotes March 2014 as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    The National Council on Problem Gambling Promotes March 2014 as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    Gambling is all around – learn to protect yourself, protect your family and navigate problem gambling. Washington, February 27, 2014 – The prevalence of gambling today is woven into everyday life – from weekly poker nights, to Internet games, to bingo parlors, to Sunday football, even the phrase “I bet you…” that is commonly used

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