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.