Higher educational institutions; mental health record release authorization when enrolling. (HB752)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville) with support from 14 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Matt Lohr (R-Harrisonburg), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Enrollment in an institution of higher education; mental health record release authorization. Requires institutions of higher education to obtain a mental health record release authorization from students prior to enrollment. Amends § 23-276.5, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088427432
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Education
01/22/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB752)
02/04/2008Continued to 2009 in Education


Alison Hymes writes:

This is making assumptions about mental health treatment and danger to self and others that is false. If the purpose is to promote a safe campus for all, it would be more appropriate to make students reveal juvenile criminal convictions, like the UVA student who killed someone on the corner and never had to tell UVA he had a criminal history. But you can't make people reveal juvenile crimes so why should you be able to force people who have never been convicted of any crime nor committed any violence to sign away their right to privacy about past or current mental health treatment? This does not promote safety, it promotes prejudice and discrimination and will have a chilling effect on families and children who might otherwise seek treatment.