Maryland honored the late son of Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) on Tuesday by enacting a law that allows people with mental health concerns to opt in to wellness checks, one of dozens of bills during the General Assembly’s just-concluded 90-day session.
The Thomas Bloom Raskin Act expands access to the state’s 211 system, allowing people in mental distress to request periodic phone calls from a team staffing a crisis hotline. It was passed unanimously in tribute to Raskin’s son, Tommy, 25, who died by suicide late last year after what the family described as a years-long battle with depression.
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