Maryland average in Gambling Revenues but better with treatment


Maryland has an estimated 88,912(2.0%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem.  The enacting of S83 and HB4 in 2007 set up the guidelines designating a portion of revenue from Gambling to be used to help problem gambling. In 2013 the budgeted amount was $1.5 million and it was used by the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (a division of the Department of Mental health and Hygiene). It was used for program administration, service evaluation, research, helplines, training and development of the workforce, public awareness, treatment/ prevention services and Media resources. It is notable that as a part of this the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine was the administrator of these funds.

The Maryland Council on Problem Gambling (MCPG) which is affiliated with the NCPG also assists in administering services with a budget of $150,000 from state grant money. As a non-profit organization, they provide services as designated previously.

Maryland brings in $2.37 Billion in gambling revenues from 7,050 electronic machines, a traditional state lottery, video lottery, 4 casinos, racetrack casinos, pari-mutuel wagering, and charitable gaming. They are ranked 22nd in the USA for revenue while spending 25 cents per capita on treatment, a respectable 18th ranked in the USA.

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