Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act

(Consumer Information Disclosure)

In accordance with Illinois Public Act 099-0278, IECC ensures that at or near the time an incoming student enrolls, s/he is provided the opportunity to designate an individual as their contact in the event the student suffers a mental health emergency. Please read on to learn more. 

Can I Designate Anyone I Want?
Yes, as long as the designee is over the age of 18.      

How Do I Designate Someone? 
Simply complete a Mental Health Contact Authorization form and submit to Student Services at your primary college of attendance. This authorization will remain valid for the duration of your enrollment at IECC unless you revoke it in writing. (Use this same form if you'd like to revoke or change your mental health contact person.)

Under What Circumstances Would "My Person" be Contacted?
In the event IECC's Mental Health Specialist makes a determination that a student poses a clear danger to him/herself or others, she will attempt to make contact with the designated person in order to share provided or observed mental health concerns, behaviors, and information. Contact will be attempted as soon as practicable and within 24 hours after determining there is a danger.   

It's important to note that, under 34 CFR Part 99.31 of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), IECC is authorized to release personally identifiable information contained in education records, without the student's consent, to appropriate parties when a health or safety emergency warrants disclosure. The authorization form provided above is considered an education record, and as such, could be released to others in an emergency situation. More on IECC's FERPA policy can be found here.