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    • OCTOBER 1, 2020
    Children’s Health Month

    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. 

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    • SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
    International Recovery Day

    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.

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    • SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
    National Recovery Month

    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. 

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    • SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
    National Suicide Awareness Month

    National Suicide Awareness Month

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

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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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    • AUGUST 1, 2020
    No Cost Treatment Now Available for Anyone Wanting Help for a Gambling

    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.

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    • JULY 21, 2020
    Providers/Private Practitioners Can Be Reimbursed for Problem Gambling Services

    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. 

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    • JULY 1, 2020
    Safe Gambling for Military and Veterans

    Safe Gambling for Military and Veterans

    The military and veterans are at greater risk than the general public for developing problem gambling. Nearly 10% of US Veterans struggle with disordered gambling, a rate two-three times higher than the general population. 

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    • JUNE 1, 2020
    The Road to Recovery Starts with a Conversation

    The Road to Recovery Starts with a Conversation

    For some, gambling activity can get out of control and start to negatively affect their life and all those around them. A conversation with a Problem Gambling Peer Support Specialist can provide the needed support on the road to a healthier and happier life.

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    • MAY 1, 2020

    Keeping The Health And Balance In Your Life If You Gamble

    May is recognized as National Mental Health Month, an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to others and to ourselves. Sustaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle to achieve “wellness” in our daily lives can be a challenge, especially if dealing with problematic behavior. Gambling can be fun. But for some, gambling

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    • MAY 1, 2020

    May is Mental Health Month

    This May, in collaboration with the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals & Advocates (MAPPA), the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) invites you to join us in promoting Mental Health Month and bringing attention to how addictive behavior (gambling disorder, substance misuse and other addictions) can affect the well-being and recovery of

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    • JANUARY 30, 2020

    Gambling on Sports – It’s Not A Safe Bet!

    Sports betting (placing a wager on any aspect of a sporting event) is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world. Major sporting events such as February’s “Big Game,” March NCAA Basketball tournament, and the MLB’s World Series are some of the more publicized opportunities to engage in betting behavior. While legislation

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    • AUGUST 26, 2019

    National Suicide Prevention Month – September 2019

    September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  This month is a good time to have the conversation about the relationship between suicide and problem gambling/gambling addiction. Did you know that nearly 50% of people struggling with a gambling problem/ disorder have had thoughts of suicide?    Individuals addicted to gambling have an increased chance of risk-taking

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    • AUGUST 25, 2019

    Conference Highlights: 7th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

    The Center held its 7thAnnual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the BWI Airport Marriott. Over 380 Maryland state and local policy makers, community leaders and behavioral health providers came together for this one day, free-of-charge conference that focused on Creating Connections for Help and Hope. The conference, funded by

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    • MAY 25, 2019
    Keeping the Health and Balance in Your Life if you Gamble

    Keeping the Health and Balance in Your Life if you Gamble

    May is recognized as National Mental Health Month, an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to others and to ourselves. Sustaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle to achieve “wellness” in our daily lives can be a challenge, especially if dealing with problematic behavior. Gambling can be fun. But for some, gambling

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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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    • APRIL 9, 2019

    7th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

    Friday, June 14, 2019 – BWI Airport Marriott Hotel Leading the Way – Creating Connections Funded by: Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration Join us on Friday, June 14, 2019 for this exciting learning forum that brings together national and local experts, policy makers, community leaders and behavioral health providers to discuss the latest

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    • MARCH 19, 2019
    This March, take the “Madness” out of Gambling

    This March, take the “Madness” out of Gambling

    It’s March and basketball “madness” abounds!  The press reports that over 50 million Americans will wager a collective $8.5 billion on 2019 NCAA Basketball “March Madness” brackets, with almost half of those wagers ($4.6 billion) in illegal bets (office and online pools and other “community settings”). For most, completing and “betting” on tournament brackets is

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    • FEBRUARY 19, 2019
    Problem Gambling Awareness Month – March 2019

    Problem Gambling Awareness Month – March 2019

    MARCH 2019 Each March, the Center actively promotes Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign established by the National Council on Problem Gambling to educate the general public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help and resources available.

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    • FEBRUARY 19, 2019
    Gambling on Sports – It’s Not a Safe Bet!

    Gambling on Sports – It’s Not a Safe Bet!

    Sports betting (placing a wager on any aspect of a sporting event) is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world. Major sporting events such as the NCAA Basketball tournament, February’s “Big Game” and the MLB’s World Series are some of the more publicized opportunities to engage in betting behavior. While legislation

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    • FEBRUARY 4, 2019

    April 19, 2019 – Advanced Training | Eastern Shore

    Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training: Addressing Problem Gambling in Military and Veteran Populations Within the past 2 years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made a clear and strong recommendation that all branches of the military screen, assess and provide treatment for Gambling Disorder. Furthermore, the most current Defense Department Authorization Act has mandated that all services

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    • FEBRUARY 4, 2019

    May 10, 2019 – Advanced Training | Cumberland, MD

    Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training |Problematic Gambling Among Clients with Serious Mental Illness Gambling behaviors among clients with serious mental illness (SMI) often get little attention in treatment settings. Indeed, gambling activities like bingo games and “casino” nights are often viewed as appropriate venues for encouraging socializing in mental health treatment settings. However, there is

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    • FEBRUARY 4, 2019

    March 8, 2019 – Advanced Training | Linthicum, MD

    Registration is Closed. Program is at capacity. Clinical Best Practices in Gambling Disorder Treatment: Integrating Research and Clinical Practice When we hear the term “evidence based” practices, most of the time we assume that the evidence being discussed is research based evidence, with the “gold standard” being randomized, controlled studies. While this type of evidence

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    • FEBRUARY 4, 2019

    Advanced Clinical Training – March 1, 2019 – Rockville, MD

    Counseling Families Living with Gambling Disorder Families dealing with gambling disorder are often left financially, emotionally and socially devastated. However, there are often few resources dedicated to helping family members learn effective ways to cope with this disorder. This training will present an overview of research on the impact of problem gambling on the family

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    • FEBRUARY 1, 2019

    12-Hour, Two-Day Provider Problem Gambling Clinical Training, Cecil County 04/17-04/18 2019

    Training Location:  Holiday Inn Express & Suites 1570 Elkton Road Elkton, MD 21921 443-350-9154 Overview  As more and more opportunities for gambling are made available in Maryland, it is increasingly important to improve the capacity and capability of behavioral health treatment providers to learn effective ways of addressing and treating gambling problems. In support of

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