senate Bill S7437

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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May 16, 2012 referred to higher education

S7437 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2278
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง6438, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A2994A, S4217

S7437 - 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.

S7437 - Sponsor Memo

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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