|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 16, 2012||referred to higher education|
senate Bill S7437
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
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- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
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S7437 - Details
S7437 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7437 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
S7437 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7437 I N S E N A T E May 16, 2012 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education 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 6438 to read as follows: S 6438. 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, EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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