senate Bill S844

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring at least a ratio of one clinical, non-student mental health staff member per one thousand students on all SUNY and CUNY campuses

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee


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Jan 06, 2021 referred to higher education

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S844 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A302
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§355 & 6206, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S7317, A9746

S844 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires at least a ratio of one clinical, non-student mental health staff member per one thousand students on all SUNY and CUNY campuses and for state colleges and universities to update such ratio every five years.

S844 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S844 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    844
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- 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 at least a
   ratio of one clinical, non-student mental health staff member per  one
   thousand students on all SUNY and CUNY campuses
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new
 subdivision 20 to read as follows:
   20. THROUGH ON-CAMPUS  CAPACITY,  EACH  STATE  COLLEGE  OR  UNIVERSITY
 CENTER  OF  THE  STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND EACH STATE COLLEGE AND
 UNIVERSITY CENTER OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SHALL HAVE AT LEAST
 A RATIO OF ONE CLINICAL, NON-STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH STAFF MEMBER PER  ONE
 THOUSAND  FULL-TIME  EQUIVALENT  STUDENTS. TWO YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE
 DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, AND ONCE EVERY  FIVE  YEARS  THEREAFTER,  EACH
 STATE  COLLEGE  AND  UNIVERSITY  SHALL ESTABLISH A BOARD OF ADVISORS AND
 EXPERTS AND HAVE SUCH BOARD UPDATE SUCH RATIO BASED ON ACTUAL RATIOS  IN
 THIS STATE AND ANY NEW INFORMATION RELATED TO APPROPRIATE BENCHMARKS FOR
 CLINICIAN-TO-STUDENT RATIOS; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, SUCH UPDATED RATIO SHALL
 BE  AT  LEAST  A  RATIO OF ONE CLINICAL, NON-STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH STAFF
 MEMBER PER ONE THOUSAND STUDENTS. THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT  BE  FUNDED
 BY  STUDENT FEES CREATED ON OR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVI-
 SION. STATE COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES MAY SEEK FEDERAL FUNDING OR PRIVATE
 GRANTS, IF AVAILABLE, TO SUPPORT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION.
   § 2. Section 6206 of the education law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
 subdivision 20 to read as follows:
   20.  THROUGH  ON-CAMPUS  CAPACITY,  EACH  STATE  COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
 CENTER OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND EACH  STATE  COLLEGE  AND
 UNIVERSITY CENTER OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SHALL HAVE AT LEAST
 A  RATIO OF ONE CLINICAL, NON-STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH STAFF MEMBER PER ONE
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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