A bill that would give colleges the ability to share student mental health information with parents has advanced in the state legislature. The legislation would allow university officials to contact parents with their child's mental health information if they have the student's permission. The information would only be shared in the event that the student appeared to have the potential to harm themselves or others.
The bill stems from the experience of a Bartonville family who lost a college-aged child to suicide last year. State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) says current laws prevented the school from contacting the student's parents about the mental health issues their son was facing. The lawmaker says the bill "strikes a good balance between privacy and safety rights."
The measure passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday and will now be considered by the full chamber.