Senate Bill #300 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION

Has each public institution of postsecondary education establish a plan for addressing mental health needs of its students.

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  • 2017 – S 0300
  • 2017 – S 0300 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION
  • Introduced By: Senators Sosnowski, Goodwin, Ruggerio, Miller, and Gee
  • Date Introduced: February 16, 2017
  • Referred To: Senate Education
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 16-81 of the General Laws entitled "Right To A Safe School In Higher Education" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 16-81-1.1. Suicide prevention and mental health services.
  • (a) Each public institution of postsecondary education shall establish a plan for addressing the mental health needs of its students in a timely fashion that may include written memorandum of understanding with local community service providers or other mental health providers. Sole reliance on off-campus mentalhealth services is strongly discouraged.
  • (b) Each public institution of postsecondary education shall develop and implement policies that advise students, faculty, and staff, including residence hall staff, of the proper procedures for identifying and addressing the needs of a student exhibiting suicidal tendencies or behavior, and provide training, where appropriate.
  • (c) The plan and policies along with the implementation timetable in subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be provided to the president of the senate, speaker of the house of representatives, and the council on postsecondary education by August l, 2017.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
  • (a) Each public institution of postsecondary education shall establish a plan for addressing the mental health needs of its students in a timely fashion that may include written memorandum of understanding with local community service providers or other mental health providers. Sole reliance on off-campus mental health services is strongly discouraged.
  • (b) Each public institution of postsecondary education shall develop and implement policies and training, if appropriate, that advise students, faculty, and staff, including residence hall staff, of the proper procedures for identifying the needs of a student exhibiting suicidal tendencies or behavior, and where appropriate provide training for addressing said needs.
  • (c) The plan and policies along with the implementation timetable in subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be provided to the president of the senate, speaker of the house of representatives, and the council on postsecondary education by January l, 2018.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION
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  • This act would have each public institution of postsecondary education establish a plan for addressing the mental health needs of its students. Each institution shall develop policies aimed at identifying a student exhibiting suicidal behavior or tendencies.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001521 ========
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Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

June 28, 2017 at 4:58pm
Yeas: 36 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y