Concerning suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education, with enhanced services to student veterans (Orwall, Holy, Kilduff)

Requires the department of health to: (1) In collaboration with the student achievement council, develop a statewide resource for behavioral health and suicide prevention for the state's postsecondary institutions; (2) Convene and consult with a work group that consists of representatives from stakeholder groups; and (3) Contract with an entity that has suicide prevention expertise. Creates the suicide prevention in higher education grant program to provide funding to postsecondary institutions for the institutions to create partnerships with health care entities to provide mental health, behavioral health, and suicide prevention to students in their institutions. Requires the student achievement council to administer the grant program in collaboration with the work group convened by the department. Requires postsecondary institutions to submit a report to the department of health for establishing a baseline for behavioral health concerns and responses at the institutions of higher education.

Hearing Date: Monday, January 29, 2018 -- 3:30 pm

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