New Gambling Addiction Centre to Open in Maryland
As more state casinos open, the University of Maryland School of Medicine has announced plans to open a centre for people with gambling problems.
The centre has received a three year $5 million grant from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and its purpose will be to provide state-wide services to those with gambling addictions.
The grant will be used to train 1,000 health professionals each year and to create a public awareness campaign around a telephone helpline as well as implement a series of gambling addiction prevention strategies.
The centre will be equipped with a library of resources to help prevent gambling addiction as well as to aid treatment.
The centre’s deputy director, Joanna Franklin, said that “it’s first and foremost meant to be one-stop shopping.”
Franklin said that as more casinos come to the state then more people will be gambling, she also believes that an increased amount of young men will be gambling and it is essential to have treatment options available for them.
In the November ballot voters will decide if the state should open a sixth casino and expand gambling to include table games, Franklin says that should it pass a new gambling treatment facility will be essential.