Mental health law named in memory of representative Jamie Raskin’s son comes into effect July 1

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A new mental health law honoring the son of Maryland Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin, Tommy, who died last year by suicide, is expected to come into force next month.

Under the Thomas Bloom Raskin Act, which takes effect July 1, Maryland’s 211 crisis call centers will be expanded so that trained counselors can periodically contact those in need of mental health support, rather than having to wait for them to call during periods. crisis.

The law received unanimous support from the state’s general assembly and was the first bill signed by Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, after the legislative session.

Mr. Raskin joined Mr. Hogan and other lawmakers in defending the bill on Monday.

In a tweet that day, the Maryland representative thanked lawmakers behind the legislation, saying her family was “honored to be associated” with the effort.

He also thanked Mr Hogan in a separate tweet for prioritizing the bill.

“Her continued support for @ 211Maryland reflects the multi-stakeholder consensus in America that we must together address our nation’s mental and emotional health crisis,” Mr. Raskin said.

The initiative was also celebrated by 211 Maryland, who sought to honor Tommy, who was 25 when he died, on its website.

“You are not alone! Tommy Raskin also walked in your shoes,” the crisis center said in a statement on its website describing the new 211 health check program launched by the new bill.

“Tommy battled depression before he killed himself,” 211 Maryland said. “It is his memory that we are honoring with the Thomas Bloom Raskin Act / 211 Health Check.”

Maryland residents who wish to enroll in the program should text “HealthCheck” to 211-MD1 * to enroll in the SMS.

Registrants will receive “supportive text messages” leading up to the launch of 211 Health Check, which 211 Maryland says is expected this summer.

“You’ll be the first to know when 211 Health Check launches. You will receive an SMS inviting you to schedule your first call, ”the crisis center said on its website.

However, those who need immediate help can always dial 2-1-1 and press 1.

Need help? To call Samaritans to 116 123.

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