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PEORIA… “If this helps save the life of even one student- it’s worth it and will help raise mental health awareness on college campuses in Illinois,” said Mike Predmore in emotional committee testimony in March in support of HB 3599, sponsored by State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria).  HB 3599 creates the Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act.  Under provisions of the act, students would be provided the opportunity to pre-authorize in writing the disclosure of certain private mental health information to a designated person.  Rep. Leitch designed the bill in reaction to the tragedy encountered by Kim and Mike Predmore of Bartonville.  The Predmore family tragically lost their son, Chris, to suicide.  Mike Predmore urged passage of the bill in testimony presented in the Judiciary-Civil Committee in March. 

Rep. Leitch announced today that HB 3599 and another bill he sponsored to improve mental health services, HB 3753, were signed by the Governor this week.

“I met with the Predmore family in January after their son had committed suicide as a freshman at ISU. They, 
like many Families dealing with a loved one with mental health issues, recognize what’s happening and believe 
they could have intervened, as they often have many times in the past. Privacy laws prevented them from 
knowing of their sons’ crisis,” Leitch said.  “The law enables students to preauthorize universities to release 
information to parents if they are having a problem.”

A second bill sponsored by Leitch this Spring to increase mental health services for older Illinoisans was also signed by Governor Rauner this week.  HB 3753 would integrate mental health services for older adults in primary care medical settings.  “Often, mental health issues for older adults are identified at a much lower rate than other adult populations.  Undiagnosed mental illness for older adults is a huge problem in our care delivery system.  OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria is already moving this direction, but this bill would authorize the Illinois Department of Aging to enact the same protocols,” said Leitch.

HB 3753 was supported by AARP, the Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois, Illinois Coalition on Mental Health & Aging, Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging, as well as the Illinois Department of Aging. 

Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.

PEORIA… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) will host a Senior Citizens Fair on Wednesday, July 29 at Snyder Village, 1200 E. Partidge St., Metamora from 9am-11am.  This year’s fair has numerous vendors, including free blood pressure screenings, door prizes, and refreshments.

“I am very excited to be hosting this fair again in Metamora.  I encourage seniors and their families to attend and learn more from a variety of vendors and services available to them in their community,” said Rep. Leitch.

Booths representing the Illinois Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General and Secretary of State will be included in the event, as well as over 20 other community services and organizations. 

“I look forward to meeting with area seniors and discussing issues important to them and their communities at this great annual event,” said Rep. Leitch.

Admission is free for the Senior Citizens Fair.  The fair will have free doughnuts, cookies, fruit and coffee for guests to enjoy while they speak with the vendors and local elected officials.

For more information on this or other state issues, Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A proposed law that could save a college student's life is now in the hands of the Governor.

If approved, students could fill out a release of information form to give parents access to their mental health records.
The law was inspired by the Predmore family from Bartonville. They lost their son Chris to suicide last year. He was a freshman at I-S-U.

State Representative David Leitch introduced the legislation and today it cleared the Illinois General Assembly.

It now goes to the Governor's desk for his signature.
Rep. Leitch serving on the panel discussion for infrastructure investment issues in Peoria today. Thanks to Director Blankenhorn and Illinois Department of Transportation for hosting this conversation about improving our transportation infrastructure in a long-term, sustainably funded way in Illinois.