HB1778 Illinois

Beyond Charity has worked with Representative Mussman and Representative Yang-Rohr to introduce HB1778. This bill, aptly named the Beyond Charity Law, mandates that schools in Illinois that provide student identification cards must include suicide prevention lines. By providing these resources, it will allow for students to understand that there are people there to support them as well as it will continue to reduce the stigma around mental health by providing accessible resources. Check out the description below for more about the bill! 

 

Bill description

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Provides that the Act may be referred to as the Beyond Charity Law. Amends the School Code. Provides that each school district that serves pupils in any of grades 6 through 12 and that issues an identification card to pupils in any of grades 6 through 12 shall provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (988), the Crisis Text Line, and either the Safe2Help Illinois helpline or a local suicide prevention hotline or both on the identification card. Amends the Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act. Provides that if a public higher education institution issues student identification cards to its students, the institution must provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (988), the Crisis Text Line, and a local suicide prevention hotline on the identification card. Requires the contact information on the school's or institution's card to identify each helpline that may be contacted through text messaging. Provides that the contact information shall also be included in the student handbook and student planner if a student planner is custom printed by the school or institution. Effective July 1, 2022.