Mental Health Bill Renamed in Maryland House to Honor Raskin’s Late Son

A Maryland House of Delegates’ bill that aims to provide mental health resources to Marylanders was renamed Thursday to honor U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin’s 25-year-old son Tommy, who died by suicide on Dec. 31.

Sponsored by Montgomery County Rep. Bonnie Cullison, the bill would require the Maryland Department of Health, “in consultation with 2-1-1- Maryland, to make certain recommendations relating to the establishment of a certain opt-in mental health services phone call program.”

A call center would be tasked with making periodic calls to people who have signed up and the program would attempt to connect people with mental health providers when requested.

“This bill is designed to help others win the battle against depression that Tommy fought so diligently and to carry on his legacy of caring and compassion for all,” Cullison said when presenting the amendment to change the legislation’s title.

When Speaker Adrienne A. Jones announced that the bill had been renamed “The Thomas Bloom Raskin Act,” all the delegates on the House floor applauded and many of them gave a standing ovation.

The bill passed its second reading in the House on Thursday and will proceed to a third reading.

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