MD bill could establish a Suicide Fatality Review Committee if passed
MARYLAND- In the Maryland General Assembly, there is a bill that could establish a Suicide Fatality Review Committee.
This committee would identify and address the factors contributing to suicide deaths and facilitate system changes to prevent suicide deaths.
The committee would meet at least quarterly each year.
Annual studies would be done, and from that recommendations to policy makers, health care providers, and to the public can be made.
“We know that there a lot of other factors that probably contribute to death by suicide, but before we have a more specific review we are not able to put in place the kind of preventative measures and do the kind of research and outreach necessary,” Senator Addie Eckardt said.
Senator Eckardt said with the increasing number in substance abuse, depression, and anxiety due to the pandemic the committee is even more important.
This bill did pass the Senate with 46 yes’ and zero no’s.
Now, it is in the house.