Casey, colleagues look to improve access to mental health services

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Many college campuses across America lack the resources necessary to support students with mental health issues. To address this shortcoming and expand protections for students, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), alongside his colleagues U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), introduced the Higher Education Mental Health Commission Act. This legislation would establish a national Commission to study the mental health concerns facing students at colleges and universities across the country.

“We need to make sure we are doing everything we can to support young people during this exciting, but stressful time of transition in their lives,” said Casey. “The Higher Education Mental Health Commission Act will establish a space for stakeholders and experts to come together and start a dialogue on how to best support our students.”

Specifically, the Higher Education Mental Health Commission Act:

¯Creates a commission that will be composed of stakeholders that represent individuals and students with mental health disabilities and family members of students enrolled in an institution of higher education, institutions of higher education, and disability and student advocacy groups.

¯Requires the Commission to release a report at the end of its investigation that examines the services available to students with mental health disabilities and to make recommendations to Congress, states and institutions of higher education that will assist students to remain in school, return to school and complete their degrees.

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