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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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