Bill allowing schools to share mental health info advances

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation that would allow mental health information of college students to be shared with parents is being considered by the Illinois Senate.

The bill stipulates colleges would only share information with a student's permission and if students were found to be a danger to themselves or others. It passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday and heads to the full chamber.

Democratic state Sen. Dave Koehler of Peoria says the bill was inspired by a Bartonville family who lost their college-aged son to suicide last year. Koehler says current state law prevented the student's college from communicating to his parents.

Koehler says the bill "strikes a good balance between privacy and safety rights," and may help prompt students to think about mental illness.


The bill is HB3599.

Online: .

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast