Six months after Rep. Jamie Raskin’s son died by suicide, the congressman joined state leaders in Annapolis Monday to praise the enactment of a namesake bill that will expand the state’s mental health services.

The Thomas Bloom Raskin Act (SB719 and HB812), which the General Assembly approved this year, will use the state’s existing 211 mental health crisis agency to establish periodic check-ins and connections to mental health resources for people who opt in.

“My family is just really happy that Tommy is being honored in this way,” Raskin (D-8th), who represents part of Frederick County, said at the event. “Let’s hope that we get to a place where we don’t lose anybody else.”

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