Bill Text: NY A07227 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: 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.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 8-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-15 - referred to higher education [A07227 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A07227-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          7227
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     April 15, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES, D'URSO, GALEF, ABINANTI, WEPRIN,
          STECK -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of  A.  THIELE  --  read  once  and
          referred 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:
     1    Section  1.  Legislative  intent.    The  legislature hereby finds and
     2  declares that there is a need to address the growing number of  students
     3  at  the  collegiate  level  who are suffering from psychiatric stressors
     4  that may lead to suicide. The legislature further recognizes  that  such
     5  psychiatric  stressors  also  contribute to difficulties in learning and
     6  success on the collegiate level. Early detection and  identification  of
     7  at-risk  individuals  may  not  only prevent suicide, but may also allow
     8  such other students suffering from  psychiatric  stressors  to  get  the
     9  support needed to be successful in their academic endeavors. The support
    10  necessary to achieve these goals may often require collaboration between
    11  college officials and parents and/or guardians in such a manner as to be
    12  consistent with the needs of each student.
    13    Therefore,  to  achieve the above-stated goals, the legislature hereby
    14  finds and declares that every college within the state shall establish a
    15  suicide prevention program.
    16    § 2. The education law is amended by adding a new  section  6438-a  to
    17  read as follows:
    18    §  6438-a. The collegiate suicide prevention program. 1.  The trustees
    19  or governing board of each college shall inform incoming students  about
    20  suicide  prevention  measures  through  programs which may include work-
    21  shops, seminars, discussion groups, and film presentations, in order  to
    22  disseminate  information  about  pressures  and matters that may place a
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04745-01-9

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     1  person at risk of suicide, promote discussion,  encourage  reporting  of
     2  persons at risk of suicide, and facilitate prevention of such incidents.
     3  Such information shall include, but not be limited to:
     4    a. the mental health services available to students,
     5    b. how to identify an at risk person,
     6    c.  the procedures in effect at the college for dealing with attempted
     7  suicide,
     8    d. the availability of  counseling  and  other  support  services  for
     9  persons at risk and those affected by suicide,
    10    e.  the  nature  of  and  common  circumstances relating to suicide on
    11  college campuses, and
    12    f. the methods the college employs to support at risk students.
    13    2. Pursuant to the requirements set forth in subdivision one  of  this
    14  section,  each college shall file a report annually on its compliance of
    15  such program with the commissioner.
    16    3. If the trustees or other governing board of a college fails to file
    17  the rules and regulations within the time required by this section  such
    18  college  shall  not  be  eligible to receive any state aid or assistance
    19  until such rules and regulations are duly filed.
    20    4. a. The president or chief administrative officer of  each  college,
    21  except  those independent colleges ineligible to receive state aid under
    22  section sixty-four hundred one of this title, which maintains  a  campus
    23  and  is  chartered  by the regents or incorporated by special act of the
    24  legislature shall appoint an advisory committee on mental health.
    25    b. Such committee shall consist of a minimum of six members, one indi-
    26  vidual shall be a professional in the area of mental  health,  at  least
    27  one  member  shall  be an employee of the campus based medical facility,
    28  two members of the committee shall be appointed from a list of  students
    29  that  are  participants  in  the student governance organization on such
    30  campus, and at least two members shall  be  appointed  from  a  list  of
    31  faculty  members.  All  appointments  shall  be made by the president or
    32  chief administrative officer of the college.
    33    c. The committee shall review current campus  mental  health  policies
    34  and  procedures and make recommendations for their improvement. It shall
    35  specifically review current policies and procedures  (1)  for  educating
    36  the  campus community, including mental health and medical personnel and
    37  those persons who advise or  supervise  students,  about  mental  health
    38  issues  pursuant  to  subdivision one of this section, (2) for educating
    39  the campus community about mental health issues and suicide  prevention,
    40  (3)  for  reporting  persons in crisis and dealing with persons in need,
    41  (4) for referring individuals in crisis  to  appropriate  professionals,
    42  (5) for counseling individuals, and (6) for responding to inquiries from
    43  concerned persons.
    44    d. The committee shall report, in writing, to the college president or
    45  chief  administrative  officer  on  its  findings and recommendations at
    46  least once each academic year, and such report shall be  available  upon
    47  request.
    48    5. Any health care professional who is employed by, or affiliated with
    49  the  college, and who through their employment is in a position to iden-
    50  tify a student who  is  potentially  at  risk  for  suicide,  is  hereby
    51  required  to report such belief to the college president or chief admin-
    52  istrative officer. The college president or chief administrative officer
    53  of the college may, after consultation with mental health professionals,
    54  notify the parents or guardians of such student as  to  the  concern  of
    55  such student's mental well being.

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     1    §  3.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
     2  the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the
     3  addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary
     4  for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized
     5  to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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