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A09753 Summary:

BILL NOA09753A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07659-A
 
SPONSORGunther
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add §§362 & 6235, Ed L
 
Requires the state university of New York and the city university of New York to adopt certain provisions related to student mental health such as administering student mental health surveys, establishing a mental health committee, administering mental health training to faculty and staff, and improving university policies regarding mental health.
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A09753 Actions:

BILL NOA09753A
 
03/28/2022referred to higher education
04/26/2022amend and recommit to higher education
04/26/2022print number 9753a
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A09753 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9753A
 
SPONSOR: Gunther
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the state university of New York and the city university of New York to adopt certain provisions related to student mental health   PURPOSE: This legislation seeks to enact policies at SUNY and CUNY to better student mental health outcomes on these campuses.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new section 362 to the education law, this section requires two mental health surveys to be provided to all students. This survey shall include questions regarding a student's mental health and general well being. This information shall be shared with the chancel- lor, appropriate staff of each university including the president, over- sight council, and any licensed mental health practitioners employed. Further this section also requires creation of a committee that will be responsible for engaging with and disseminating mental health resources to faculty, staff, and students. This committee shall also make recom- mendations to the regents of the university regarding how often and in what manner faculty of the university shall provide mental health well- ness days and excused absences from class for students, as well as consider other programs to address and improve student mental health. Further this section also requires faculty and staff to on an annual basis undergo mental health training with a focus on identifying or recognizing the signs of mental distress among students. This section also requires for a review of enrollment and re-enrollment policies regarding specific provisions for students that may require extended mental health leave, as well as creating. opportunities for telehealth and virtual counseling options, and to require a mental health seminar for all newly enrolled students. Section 2 adds a new section 6235 to require CUNY to conduct two mental health surveys to be provided to all students. This survey shall include questions regarding a student's mental health and general well being. This information shall be shared with the chancellor, appropriate staff of each university including the president, oversight council, and any licensed mental health practitioners employed. Further this section also requires creation of a committee that will be responsible for engaging with and disseminating mental health resources to faculty, staff, and students. This committee shall also make recommendations to the regents of the university regarding how often and in what manner faculty of the university shall provide mental health wellness days and excused absences from class for students, as well as consider other programs to address and improve student mental health.. Further this section also requires faculty and staff to on an annual basis undergo mental health training with a focus on identifying or recognizing the signs of mental distress among students. This section also requires for a review of enrollment and re-enrollment policies regarding specific provisions for students that may require extended mental health leave, as well as creating opportunities for telehealth and virtual counseling options, and to require a mental health seminar for all newly enrolled students. Section 3 is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: As we work to end the stigma of mental illness we must continue to improve our public policies to support this need. Recently, New York enacted Mental Health Education in our schools to get important informa- tion to students starting at a younger age. It makes sense to as students matriculate through our educational system to stay on top of this idea by instituting policies at SUNY and CUNY that are supportive of student mental health well being. According to a CDC study in 2020, 1 in 4 adults from the age of 18 to 25, considered suicide. Let that truly sink in. 1 in 4 adults from the age of 18 to 25, considered suicide in 2020. This is proof positive we must do more to support our mental health needs. Across this country our college students are more stressed than ever with a litany of concerns that are unlikely to go away and will more than likely continue to be exacerbated. Amongst these are concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, loneliness, worries about mounting student debt, worries about finding a job and making ends meet, all at a highly emotionally volatile time. We need to open our eyes to the stress our college students endure and figure out ways to provide increased supports for them. It is the intent o f this legislation to create a baseline, to start a discussion around mental health on college campuses so that more can be done to support our college students.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A09753 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         9753--A
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 28, 2022
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. GUNTHER -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Higher Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to  requiring  the  state
          university  of  New  York and the city university of New York to adopt
          certain provisions related to student mental health

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 362 to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  362.  Student  mental  health.  1.  The university shall create and
     4  administer, at the start of a student's  freshman  and  junior  year,  a
     5  mental  health survey. Such survey shall include, but not be limited to,
     6  questions regarding a student's mental health  and  general  well-being.
     7  Participation  in such survey shall be optional to each student, and the
     8  results of such survey from participating students shall be sent to  the
     9  chancellor of the university, appropriate staff including but not limit-
    10  ed  to the president of each state-operated institution of the universi-
    11  ty, any oversight council as mandated pursuant to section three  hundred
    12  fifty-six  of  this article and any licensed mental health practitioners
    13  employed by any of the state-operated institutions of the university.
    14    2. There shall be a  five  member  committee  established  within  the
    15  university that shall be responsible for engaging with and disseminating
    16  mental  health  resources to faculty, staff and students. Such committee
    17  shall be composed of a group of individuals chosen by the chancellor  of
    18  the university in conjunction with the presidents of each state-operated
    19  institution  of the university. Such committee shall also be responsible
    20  for making recommendations to the regents of  the  university  regarding
    21  how  often  and  in  what manner faculty of the university shall provide
    22  mental  health  wellness  days  and  excused  absences  from  class  for
    23  students.
    24    3.  All faculty and other staff of the university shall be required on
    25  an annual basis to undergo mental health training with a focus on  iden-
    26  tifying  or  recognizing  signs  of  mental distress among students. The
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14000-06-2

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     1  chancellor of the university,  in  conjunction  with  the  commissioner,
     2  shall  prescribe  the  form  and  manner in which such training shall be
     3  provided.
     4    4.  The  university  shall  also  take the following actions regarding
     5  student mental health:
     6    (a) review enrollment and re-enrollment policies of the university and
     7  create specific provisions for students that may require extended mental
     8  health leave;
     9    (b)  create  opportunities  for  telehealth  and  virtual   counseling
    10  options;
    11    (c)  require a mental health seminar to be included in all orientation
    12  programs for newly enrolled students; and
    13    (d) institute other programs to address  and  improve  student  mental
    14  health.
    15    § 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6235 to read
    16  as follows:
    17    § 6235. Student mental health. 1. The city university shall create and
    18  administer,  at  the  start  of  a  student's freshman and junior year a
    19  mental health survey. Such survey shall include, but not be limited  to,
    20  questions  regarding  a  student's mental health and general well-being.
    21  Participation in such survey shall be optional to each student, and  the
    22  results  of such survey from participating students shall be sent to the
    23  chancellor of the city university, appropriate staff including  but  not
    24  limited  to  the  president  of each senior and community college of the
    25  city university, any oversight council of the city  university  and  any
    26  licensed  mental  health  practitioners employed by any of the senior or
    27  community colleges within the city university.
    28    2. There shall be a five member committee established within the  city
    29  university that shall be responsible for engaging with and disseminating
    30  mental  health  resources to faculty, staff and students. Such committee
    31  shall be composed of a group of individuals chosen by the chancellor  of
    32  the  city university in conjunction with the presidents of each city-op-
    33  erated institution of the  university.  Such  committee  shall  also  be
    34  responsible  for making recommendations to the board of trustees regard-
    35  ing how often and in what manner faculty of the  city  university  shall
    36  provide  mental health wellness days and excused absences from class for
    37  students.
    38    3. All faculty and  other  staff  of  the  city  university  shall  be
    39  required  on  an  annual  basis to undergo mental health training with a
    40  focus on identifying or  recognizing  signs  of  mental  distress  among
    41  students. The chancellor of the city university, in conjunction with the
    42  commissioner, shall prescribe the form and manner in which such training
    43  shall be provided.
    44    4. The city university shall also take the following actions regarding
    45  student mental health:
    46    (a) review enrollment and re-enrollment policies of the city universi-
    47  ty and create specific provisions for students that may require extended
    48  mental health leave;
    49    (b)   create  opportunities  for  telehealth  and  virtual  counseling
    50  options;
    51    (c) require a mental health seminar to be included in all  orientation
    52  programs for newly enrolled students; and
    53    (d)  institute  other  programs  to address and improve student mental
    54  health.
    55    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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