Category: Public Awareness

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 …

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 …

Mega Millions & Powerball Jackpots

This week, the Mega Millions jackpot is reaching a record high (estimated at nearly $1 Billion). It could be a big win for a lucky …

‘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 …

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 …

Children’s Health Month

Children are vulnerable to stress and mental health problems from preschool through the high school years. A healthy childhood requires a balance of academics, fun activities, life skills, and other experiences to support healthy growth and development.  Children and families need to be supported through a health and wellness approach including social, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual components.  However, in this current climate of a worldwide pandemic, maintaining a healthy environment of wellness is challenging for all families. During this current health crisis, activities now have to be redesigned and energies redirected. We need to evaluate and maintain a healthy and balanced environment for the whole family, especially for our children. 

International Recovery Day

Celebrate recovery and globally connect recovering individuals, families and communities to provide worldwide hope to overcome addiction. The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling supports recovery by providing free resources and support 24/7 at no cost to Maryland individuals and families struggling with gambling problems.

National Recovery Month

In September, National Recovery Month helps educate individuals struggling with addiction that living a healthy and reward life is possible.  For individuals and families struggling with problem gambling and gambling addiction, the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling offers resources at no cost to support that recovery journey. 

National Suicide Awareness Month

Did you know?  Nearly 50% of people struggling with problems due to gambling/gambling addiction have had thoughts of suicide.

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. 

No Cost Treatment Now Available for Anyone Wanting Help for a Gambling

Counseling for gambling problems at no cost to Maryland residents (individuals and families) is now available for anyone seeking help regardless of insurance coverage, financial status or ability to pay.

Providers/Private Practitioners Can Be Reimbursed for Problem Gambling Services

The Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration, in collaboration with Optum Maryland, will reimburse Maryland providers and private practitioners for providing problem gambling services to Maryland residents in support of screening, assessment and individual/group therapy for individuals and their loved ones struggling with problem gambling and gambling disorder.