Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Two College Mental Health Study Recommendations Pass

Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Two College Mental Health Study Recommendations Pass

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Two Recommendations of the College Mental Health Study prepared for the Joint Commission on Health Care passed the General Assembly. (21) House Bill 852, (22) introduced by Delegate Joseph Yost, and Senate Bill 375, introduced by Senator George Barker, implement the Study's recommendation clarifying Virginia Code [section] 23-2.1:3 that any students admitted to a public or private institution of higher education may be required to provide their mental health records from any schools from which they transfer and not just their originating secondary school.

House Bill 853, (23) also introduced by Delegate Yost, and Senate Bill 458, introduced by Senator Barker, amend Virginia Code [section] 23-9.2:8 that requires governing boards of all public institutions of higher education to develop and implement policies regarding students exhibiting suicidal tendencies by also requiring that they provide training where appropriate. The General Assembly also followed the Study Group's recommendation to delete the last two sentences in [section] 23-9.2:8 because they were confusing and contradictory. Those sentences required that the contents of any policy related to suicide ensure that students were not penalized or expelled solely for attempting suicide or seeking treatment for suicidal tendencies. …

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