S.682 - Mental Health on Campus Improvement Act111th Congress (2009-2010)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 03/24/2009)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 03/24/2009 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (text of measure as introduced: CR S3673-3675) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.682 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/24/2009)
Mental Health on Campus Improvement Act - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to award grants to eligible institutions of higher education to improve mental and behavioral health services and outreach on college and university campuses.
Directs the Secretary to give special consideration to programs that: (1) demonstrate the greatest need; (2) propose effective approaches for initiating or expanding campus services; (3) target underserved and at-risk populations; (4) coordinate with a community mental health center or other community mental health resources; (5) identify how the college or university will address psychiatric emergencies; and (6) demonstrate the greatest potential for replication and dissemination.
Allows the Secretary to provide technical assistance to grantees.
Requires the Secretary, acting through the Administrator, to convene an interagency, public-private sector working group to plan, establish, and begin coordinating and evaluating a targeted public education campaign that is designed to focus on mental and behavioral health on college campuses.
Requires the Secretary to establish the College Campus Task Force to discuss mental and behavioral health concerns on college and university campuses.