senate Bill S1285A

Requires colleges and universities to provide all incoming and current students with information relating to suicide prevention and resources

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1285A

Summary

Requires public and private colleges and universities to provide all incoming and current students with information relating to suicide prevention and resources available to them on campus.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2496A
Versions:
S1285
S1285A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §6439, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S7437, A2278
2009-2010: A2994A, S4217, A2994A
2007-2008: A1941, A1941

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BILL NUMBER:S1285A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring public and private colleges and universities to provide all
incoming and current students with information about depression and
suicide prevention and resources available to them on campus

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To address the growing number of students at the collegiate level who
are suffering from psychiatric stresses that my lead to suicide.
Also, requiring public and private colleges and universities to
provide all incoming and current students with information about
depression and suicide prevention and resources available to them on
campus.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

The education law is amended by adding a new section 6438. Pursuant to
the requirements set forth in subdivision of this section, each
college shall file a report annually on its compliance of such program
with the commissioner.

JUSTIFICATION:

All students should know that there are available services to them if
they are contemplating suicide or may have a roommate and/or friend
that may be thinking of attempting suicide. This bill will inform and
educate them upon enrolling into a college on the available resources
to them

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.7437/A.2278 - Died in Higher Education A.3312, A.10185

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the
date on which it becomes law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1285--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER,  AVELLA, DILAN, SAMPSON -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Higher  Education  -- recommitted to the Committee on Higher Education
  in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to requiring public and
  private colleges and universities to provide all incoming and  current
  students  with information about depression and suicide prevention and
  resources available to them on campus

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.    The  legislature hereby finds and
declares that there is a need to address the growing number of  students
at  the  collegiate  level  who are suffering from psychiatric stressors
that may lead to suicide. The legislature further recognizes  that  such
psychiatric  stressors  also  contribute to difficulties in learning and
success on the collegiate level. Early detection and  identification  of
at-risk  individuals  may  not  only prevent suicide, but may also allow
such other students suffering from  psychiatric  stressors  to  get  the
support needed to be successful in their academic endeavors. The support
necessary to achieve these goals may often require collaboration between
college officials and parents and/or guardians in such a manner as to be
consistent with the needs of each student.
  Therefore,  to  achieve the above-stated goals, the legislature hereby
finds and declares that every college within the state shall establish a
suicide prevention program.
  S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6439 to read
as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00184-02-4

S. 1285--A                          2

  S 6439. THE COLLEGIATE SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM. 1.  THE TRUSTEES OR
GOVERNING BOARD OF EACH COLLEGE SHALL  INFORM  INCOMING  STUDENTS  ABOUT
SUICIDE  PREVENTION  MEASURES  THROUGH  PROGRAMS WHICH MAY INCLUDE WORK-
SHOPS, SEMINARS, DISCUSSION GROUPS, AND FILM PRESENTATIONS, IN ORDER  TO
DISSEMINATE  INFORMATION  ABOUT  PRESSURES  AND MATTERS THAT MAY PLACE A
PERSON AT RISK OF SUICIDE, PROMOTE DISCUSSION,  ENCOURAGE  REPORTING  OF
PERSONS AT RISK OF SUICIDE, AND FACILITATE PREVENTION OF SUCH INCIDENTS.
SUCH INFORMATION SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
  A. THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS,
  B. HOW TO IDENTIFY AN AT RISK PERSON,
  C.  THE PROCEDURES IN EFFECT AT THE COLLEGE FOR DEALING WITH ATTEMPTED
SUICIDE,
  D. THE AVAILABILITY OF  COUNSELING  AND  OTHER  SUPPORT  SERVICES  FOR
PERSONS AT RISK AND THOSE AFFECTED BY SUICIDE,
  E.  THE  NATURE  OF  AND  COMMON  CIRCUMSTANCES RELATING TO SUICIDE ON
COLLEGE CAMPUSES, AND
  F. THE METHODS THE COLLEGE EMPLOYS TO SUPPORT AT RISK STUDENTS.
  2. PURSUANT TO THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION ONE  OF  THIS
SECTION,  EACH COLLEGE SHALL FILE A REPORT ANNUALLY ON ITS COMPLIANCE OF
SUCH PROGRAM WITH THE COMMISSIONER.
  3. IF THE TRUSTEES OR OTHER GOVERNING BOARD OF A COLLEGE FAILS TO FILE
THE RULES AND REGULATIONS WITHIN THE TIME REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION  SUCH
COLLEGE  SHALL  NOT  BE  ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ANY STATE AID OR ASSISTANCE
UNTIL SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE DULY FILED.
  4. A. THE PRESIDENT OR CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF  EACH  COLLEGE,
EXCEPT  THOSE INDEPENDENT COLLEGES INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE STATE AID UNDER
SECTION SIXTY-FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS TITLE, WHICH MAINTAINS  A  CAMPUS
AND  IS  CHARTERED  BY THE REGENTS OR INCORPORATED BY SPECIAL ACT OF THE
LEGISLATURE SHALL APPOINT AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH.
  B. SUCH COMMITTEE SHALL CONSIST OF A MINIMUM OF SIX MEMBERS, ONE INDI-
VIDUAL SHALL BE A PROFESSIONAL IN THE AREA OF MENTAL  HEALTH,  AT  LEAST
ONE  MEMBER  SHALL  BE AN EMPLOYEE OF THE CAMPUS BASED MEDICAL FACILITY,
TWO MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE SHALL BE APPOINTED FROM A LIST OF  STUDENTS
THAT  ARE  PARTICIPANTS  IN  THE STUDENT GOVERNANCE ORGANIZATION ON SUCH
CAMPUS, AND AT LEAST TWO MEMBERS SHALL  BE  APPOINTED  FROM  A  LIST  OF
FACULTY  MEMBERS.  ALL  APPOINTMENTS  SHALL  BE MADE BY THE PRESIDENT OR
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF THE COLLEGE.
  C. THE COMMITTEE SHALL REVIEW CURRENT CAMPUS  MENTAL  HEALTH  POLICIES
AND  PROCEDURES AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THEIR IMPROVEMENT. IT SHALL
SPECIFICALLY REVIEW CURRENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES  (1)  FOR  EDUCATING
THE  CAMPUS COMMUNITY, INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL AND
THOSE PERSONS WHO ADVISE OR  SUPERVISE  STUDENTS,  ABOUT  MENTAL  HEALTH
ISSUES  PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, (2) FOR EDUCATING
THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND SUICIDE  PREVENTION,
(3)  FOR  REPORTING  PERSONS IN CRISIS AND DEALING WITH PERSONS IN NEED,
(4) FOR REFERRING INDIVIDUALS IN CRISIS  TO  APPROPRIATE  PROFESSIONALS,
(5) FOR COUNSELING INDIVIDUALS, AND (6) FOR RESPONDING TO INQUIRIES FROM
CONCERNED PERSONS.
  D. THE COMMITTEE SHALL REPORT, IN WRITING, TO THE COLLEGE PRESIDENT OR
CHIEF  ADMINISTRATIVE  OFFICER  ON  ITS  FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS AT
LEAST ONCE EACH ACADEMIC YEAR, AND SUCH REPORT SHALL BE  AVAILABLE  UPON
REQUEST.
  5. ANY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL WHO IS EMPLOYED BY, OR AFFILIATED WITH
THE  COLLEGE, AND WHO THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYMENT IS IN A POSITION TO IDEN-
TIFY A STUDENT WHO  IS  POTENTIALLY  AT  RISK  FOR  SUICIDE,  IS  HEREBY
REQUIRED  TO REPORT SUCH BELIEF TO THE COLLEGE PRESIDENT OR CHIEF ADMIN-

S. 1285--A                          3

ISTRATIVE OFFICER. THE COLLEGE PRESIDENT OR CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
OF THE COLLEGE MAY, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS,
NOTIFY THE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS OF SUCH STUDENT AS  TO  THE  CONCERN  OF
SUCH STUDENT'S MENTAL WELL BEING.
  S  3.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law; provided that the  commis-
sioner  of  education  is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and
regulations necessary for the timely implementation of this act  on  its
effective date on or before such date.

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