News from Active Minds

Teen Suicide Prevention Bill Signed into Law in Maryland

On May 10, 2005 Governor Robert Ehrlich signed HB930 into Maryland law, calling for the implementation of peer-to-peer mental health awareness programs like Active Minds, along with screening programs, in pilot Maryland high schools and juvenile facilities.

Introduced by Delegate Sheila Hixson (D-District 20), with help from Delegate Hank Heller (D-District 19), HB930 mandates the Maryland State Department of Education to apply for federal funding through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act to fund these teen suicide prevention programs. Alison Malmon, founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc. was part of the core group instrumental in getting this legislation passed. Many thanks go to Heidi Coons and Craig Knoll from Threshold Services, who first approached Delegate Hixson with the idea for this Bill.