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    • FEBRUARY 1, 2019
    Celebrating the Big Game? Play it Safe!

    Celebrating the Big Game? Play it Safe!

    This weekend (Sunday, February 3, 2019) is February’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. According to the AGA, an estimated 22.7 million adults this year will place a bet before or during the game as part of

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    • DECEMBER 21, 2018
    A New Year to Reflect, A Time for Support

    A New Year to Reflect, A Time for Support

    Nothing suggests a fresh start than the celebration of each New Year. The New Year is a time for all of us to personally reflect on behaviors we seek to change in order to live a happier, healthier life. For individuals who gamble problematically, the holidays and approaching New Year can be a difficult, stressful

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    • DECEMBER 21, 2018
    This Season, Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play.

    This Season, Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play.

    Each holiday season, The Center joins the National Council on Problem Gambling, the Center on Youth Gambling Problems & High-Risk Behaviors and lotteries in the United States (including the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency), Canada and internationally to bring awareness of the risks of giving minors (under 18) lottery tickets as gifts. This holiday,

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    • NOVEMBER 20, 2018
    Gambling and the Military: Seizing Control of Your Life

    Gambling and the Military: Seizing Control of Your Life

    Unhealthy gambling is a problem for many in our nation’s military. Nearly 10% of US veterans struggle with disordered gambling, a rate two-three times higher than the general population. Here in Maryland, an estimated 380,000 veterans called the state home in 2018, representing approximately 6% of the total population. Military experiences and post-deployment stress can be

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    • NOVEMBER 20, 2018

    December 19-20 | 12-Hour, 2-Day Provider Problem Gambling Clinical Training

    Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20, 2018   Location Westin BWI Hotel 1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road Linthicum, MD 21090 (443) 577-2300   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

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    • OCTOBER 18, 2018

    Problem Gambling and Domestic Violence

    October, 2018, has once again been recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month, it is important to be aware that family violence associated with gambling is on the rise in the United States. Although the exact nature of the relationship between problem gambling and violence within the family is not clearly understood, the

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    • SEPTEMBER 24, 2018
    Suicide and Gambling Addiction

    Suicide and Gambling Addiction

    Like all addictions, problem gambling and/or gambling addiction causes intense distress and continual disruptions in most areas of life: Individuals face grave financial problems, their families and relationships are in ruin, self-esteem has been decimated and a sense of helplessness and hopelessness is pervasive.  Suicide, attempted suicide and suicidal ideation is common among those diagnosed with

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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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    • AUGUST 30, 2018
    FY19 Case Consultation Calls

    FY19 Case Consultation Calls

    The FY19 Case Consultation call times have been released. Clinical Case Consultation calls are meant to be a resource for any and all clinicians who would like to gain support and consultation on any aspect of providing disordered gambling screening, assessment and/or treatment services. You do not have to currently be seeing any clients specifically for

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    • AUGUST 2, 2018
    Conference Highlights: 6th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

    Conference Highlights: 6th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

    The Center held its 6thAnnual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the BWI Airport Marriott to the largest attendance to date. Approximately 400 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 “Building Opportunities Together for

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    • DECEMBER 19, 2017
    2017 Awareness Holiday Lottery Campaign

    2017 Awareness Holiday Lottery Campaign

    Each holiday season, The Center joins the National Council on Problem Gambling, the Center on Youth Gambling Problems & High-Risk Behaviors and lotteries in the United States (including the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency), Canada and internationally to send an important reminder: Parents, family members and friends should NOT give lottery tickets as gifts

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    • DECEMBER 19, 2017

    Problem Gambling Treatment Reimbursement Application

    ANNOUNCEMENT:Processing new applications for Medicaid and Non-Medicaid treatment providers and private practitioners to participate in the Problem Gambling “No Cost Treatment” Reimbursement Program is temporarily on hold due to the State’s transition from Beacon Health Options to Optum. In addition, any new requests to be added to the Maryland Problem Gambling Provider Referral Network DirectoryRead more
    • NOVEMBER 21, 2017

    12-15-2017 Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training

    Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training PLEASE NOTE: This advanced training program covers advanced topics in problem gambling counseling.  This program DOES NOT cover the basic principles of gambling addiction, nor does it cover the basics of screening for gambling disorder.  We highly recommend basic problem gambling clinical training be completed before participating in any advanced

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    • NOVEMBER 21, 2017

    12-08-2017 Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training

    Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training PLEASE NOTE: This advanced training program covers advanced topics in problem gambling counseling.  This program DOES NOT cover the basic principles of gambling addiction, nor does it cover the basics of screening for gambling disorder.  We highly recommend basic problem gambling clinical training be completed before participating in any advanced

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    • OCTOBER 13, 2017

    11-03-17 Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training

    Register Today – Call Allegany College of Maryland at (301) 784-5341   Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training PLEASE NOTE: This advanced training program covers advanced topics in problem gambling counseling.  This program DOES NOT cover the basic principles of gambling addiction, nor does it cover the basics of screening for gambling disorder.  We highly recommend

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    • OCTOBER 13, 2017

    11-07-17 Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training

    Register Today – Call Allegany College of Maryland at (301) 784-5341   Advanced Problem Gambling Clinical Training PLEASE NOTE: This advanced training program covers advanced topics in problem gambling counseling.  This program DOES NOT cover the basic principles of gambling addiction, nor does it cover the basics of screening for gambling disorder.  We highly recommend

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    • SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

    Webinar Series FY18

    We invite you to join us for 2017-2018 series of free webinars designed to provide additional problem gambling clinical training on a variety of topics. One (1) CEU will be offered for each webinar.  All webinars are one (1) hour, 12:00-1:00 PM EST.   These webinars are presented by: - Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC II, BACCRead more
    • AUGUST 29, 2017

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

    Counseling for gambling problems at no cost to Maryland residents is now available for anyone seeking help regardless of insurance coverage, financial status, or ability to pay.  Funding through the Problem Gambling Fund managed by the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration supports this effort to remove the barriers to treatment for anyone with

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    • AUGUST 28, 2017
    Peer Recovery Support Specialists

    Peer Recovery Support Specialists

    Help is a phone call away with someone who “has been there” The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (The Center) now has Peer Recovery Support Specialists available to help individuals seeking to limit, control or stop their gambling, and connect them with the most useful resources in their communities so they continue to

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    • JUNE 22, 2017
    The Gambling Connection to Opiate Use: Personal Experiences

    The Gambling Connection to Opiate Use: Personal Experiences

    This new short documentary explores the growing underlying problem of gambling addiction among opiate users.  Filmed at a Methadone clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, it captures  both the struggles and challenges, as well as  the recovery and hope of three men.  Producers: MedSchool Maryland Productions Program concept: Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGCIIm BACC and Christopher Welsh, MD.

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    • APRIL 6, 2017
    5th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

    5th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

    5th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling Expanding Our Vision Friday, June 16, 2017 – BWI Airport Marriott Hotel  Funded by: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene / Behavioral Health Administration Registration is closed. We have reached attendance capacity for this program. Walk-ins day of the Conference are not guaranteed Registration and CEU’s.   Join us

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    • FEBRUARY 24, 2017
    March Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    March Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) and The Center invites you to Have The Conversation with someone who has been there… This March, take the time to call and have a conversation with a Peer Recovery Support Specialist who can help you or a loved one navigate resources and remove barriers on the road

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    • FEBRUARY 8, 2017
    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. Add into the mix a family member who’s gambling is viewed

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    • JANUARY 10, 2017
    Planning to Celebrate the “Big Game” on Sunday, February 5? Play it Safe!

    Planning to Celebrate the “Big Game” on Sunday, February 5? Play it Safe!

    The Super Bowl is the single most watched sporting event in the U.S. It’s a great time to have fun with family and friends. But for some, the partying and gambling can get out of control.   The “big game” is a national gambling holiday. It is the single most wagered sporting event in our

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    • DECEMBER 7, 2016
    This Holiday Give A Child A Toy Not A Ticket

    This Holiday Give A Child A Toy Not A Ticket

    Lottery tickets are NOT suitable holiday gifts for children under 18.   Research has shown that many adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that lottery products may be a gateway to problem gambling. Youth gambling has also been linked to other risk-taking and addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking and drug-use. Just like drugs or alcohol,

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