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This legislative session, you made real change simply by telling your stories...and encouraging clients, staff, supporters, partners to do the same.
There are a number of telehealth-related bills this session that we supported, including:
HB123/SB3 passed and has been signed into law - including audio only!
Note: audio-only provision includes a two-year data collection and report that we'll be part of
“Because of audio-only telehealth, I could tell a client who was 71/2 months pregnant to stay at the hospital and keep her baby safe while offering support over the phone. Smartphones, tablets and internet access are a huge barrier to audio-visual telehealth. I can’t imagine asking my client [in crisis] to hang up and reconnect back on an audio-visual platform. I hope we can let part of COVID’s legacy be a lesson learned about accessibility and do everything we can to make health care accessible to everyone, including in person, audio-visual and audio only telehealth.” – Therapist Case Manager Rachel Gonzalez
We signed onto the Renters United MD Housing Justice Package, which has fact sheets and information on all the housing-related bills we supported here. A few highlights include:
“When my client told me last year that she faced eviction, needed to find a new apartment, come up with two months’ rent, and simultaneously remove all her worldly possessions before they were placed on the curb in a matter of days, despite her failing health, I thought it was impossible.” - Dr. Max Romano
Last year we advocated in-person for the creation of Overdose Prevention Sites. This year we built on that momentum.
Stories can be in the form of an email, a phone call that’s transcribed, a pre-recorded video or a recorded Zoom meeting.
Joanna can include them in written testimony that will influence the hearings.
"No-one wants to hear from me - they want to hear from you! People sharing real experiences with legislators is the most impactful way to influence legislation. They need to know there is a problem to be solved.” - Joanna Diamond, Director of Public Policy