Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Information

The Illinois Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act (Public Act 99-278) requires that institutions of higher education, including community colleges, provide to all students the opportunity to authorize the College in writing to disclose certain private mental health information to a person designated by that student.

Who can I identify as a designated person?

A student may designate a parent, guardian, or other person over the age of 18 to receive certain private mental health information from the College.

What information will be disclosed and under what circumstances?

The College may disclose a student’s mental health information to the designated person if a qualified examiner, who is employed by the College, determines that the student poses a clear danger to himself, herself, or others. The purpose of the disclosure in such a case is to protect the student or other person against a clear, imminent risk that the student may inflict serious physical or mental injury, disease or death on himself, herself, or another individual. The qualified examiner is required to disclose this information to the designated person as soon as possible, but no more than 24 hours after making the determination that the student poses such a danger.

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