Illinois state lawmakers have approved legislation that aims to save the lives of mentally ill young adults.
The bill was inspired by the suicide of a college student from Bartonville.
“When the parents talked to the school and asked why they were not contacted about anything going on with their son,” says State Senator Dave Koehler of Peoria, “they were told this is private information, the college couldn’t disclose this.”
“This bill says schools must provide an exemption form to students and the exemption would allow their mental health information to be released to the family or whoever is on that form.”
“This would allow students and their parents to have that conversation before a crisis occurs,” says Koehler.
The legislation (HB 3599) must still be signed into law by the Governor.