State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 2/26/2021, by Sen. Thomas Cullerton


110 ILCS 58/25

    Amends the Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act. Provides that if a public higher education institution issues student identification cards to its students, the institution must provide contact information for certain suicide prevention and mental health resources on each student identification card. Provides that if an institution does not issue student identification cards to its students, the institution must publish the contact information on its website. Effective July 1, 2022.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act is
5amended by changing Section 25 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 58/25)
7    Sec. 25. Awareness. To raise mental health awareness on
8college campuses, each public college or university must do
9all of the following:
10        (1) Develop and implement an annual student
11    orientation session aimed at raising awareness about
12    mental health conditions.
13        (2) Assess courses and seminars available to students
14    through their regular academic experiences and implement
15    mental health awareness curricula if opportunities for
16    integration exist.
17        (3) Create and feature a page on its website or mobile
18    application with information dedicated solely to the
19    mental health resources available to students at the
20    public college or university and in the surrounding
21    community.
22        (4) Distribute messages related to mental health
23    resources that encourage help-seeking behavior through the



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1    online learning platform of the public college or
2    university during high stress periods of the academic
3    year, including, but not limited to, midterm or final
4    examinations. These stigma-reducing strategies must be
5    based on documented best practices.
6        (5) Three years after the effective date of this Act,
7    implement an online screening tool to raise awareness and
8    establish a mechanism to link or refer students of the
9    public college or university to services. Screenings and
10    resources must be available year round for students and,
11    at a minimum, must (i) include validated screening tools
12    for depression, an anxiety disorder, an eating disorder,
13    substance use, alcohol-use disorder, post-traumatic stress
14    disorder, and bipolar disorder, (ii) provide resources for
15    immediate connection to services, if indicated, including
16    emergency resources, (iii) provide general information
17    about all mental health-related resources available to
18    students of the public college or university, and (iv)
19    function anonymously.
20        (6) At least once per term and at times of high
21    academic stress, including midterm or final examinations,
22    provide students information regarding online screenings
23    and resources.
24        (7) Provide contact information for the National
25    Suicide Prevention Lifeline, for the Crisis Text Line, and
26    for the mental health counseling center or program of the



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1    public college or university on the back of each student
2    identification card issued by the public college or
3    university. If the public college or university does not
4    issue student identification cards to its students, the
5    public college or university must publish the contact
6    information on its website.
7(Source: P.A. 101-251, eff. 7-1-20.)
8    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,