Last week, Senator Jill Carter, City Councilman Zeke Cohen and other public officials held a press conference outside City Hall to celebrate unanimous passage of the Healing Maryland’s Trauma Act in the state legislature last month.
The legislation, introduced by Senator Carter and Delegate Robbyn Lewis, expands the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, and will prioritize trauma-responsive services through state government. Among other provisions, the legislation establishes a Commission on Trauma-Informed Care. The Commission will submit its findings to the Governor and General Assembly yearly.
OSI is collaborating with the city and providing substantial funding for Healing City Baltimore, which aims to unearth and reverse the causes of trauma in our city by helping government proactively support the health of children and families, confront injustice, and prevent violence.
“This legislation marks an important moment in our history, as we embrace healing,” Sen. Carter reportedly said at the press conference.