Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling Introduced [VIDEO]Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Press conference announced new, statewide coalition
The Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling (MARG) hosted an introductory press conference today at the Maryland Lottery’s headquarters. This new statewide partnership focuses on coordinating and maximizing resources to address responsible gambling awareness and problem gambling treatment in Maryland. MARG’s goal is to promote responsible play at Maryland’s casinos, as well as responsible play of all Maryland Lottery games.
Lottery Director Stephen Martino, who serves as MARG chairman, hosted the conference, which included representatives from many of the Alliance’s governing members: Renata Henry of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH); Maryland State Senator Kathy Klausmeier; Maryland Delegate Kirill Reznik; and Rob White of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling. Representatives of Maryland’s casinos were also in attendance.
The conference was streamed live on MARG’s website, mdgamblinghelp.org, which was recently established to serve as a 24-hour resource for those struggling with a gambling problem and their families. Information on the new website was provided, and other topics of discussion included: the toll-free problem gambling helpline authorized by DHMH; information on how to access trained problem gambling counselors throughout the state; and the official announcement of the Maryland Lottery’s voluntary self-exclusion program, which began in December 2010.
“The voluntary self-exclusion program is a tool of personal responsibility,” Martino said. “It allows individuals to exclude themselves from entering Maryland’s casinos as part of the process of addressing their gambling problem.” Martino and other conference participants took questions during the program and were available for interviews upon its completion.
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