HB 1379 would implement the recommendations from the mental health and suicide prevention in higher education 2016 task force report. The recommendations would be implemented by (a) Creating a publicly available statewide resource for postsecondary institutions; (b) Developing and centralizing data collection; and (c) Creating a grant program for resource-challenged institutions to help develop suicide prevention programs in postsecondary institutions. The department would have to identify data, methods for data collection, and data definitions to be used by postsecondary institutions by December 31, 2017 and the grant program would have to be implemented by August 1, 2018. Additionally, beginning June 1, 2018, postsecondary institutions must submit an annual report to the state department of health, until 2021, for the purposes of establishing a baseline for behavioral health concerns and responses at the institutions of higher education.
Passed out of the House Committee on Higher Education and was referred to Appropriations on Feb 13th