Higher educational institutions, 4-year; mental health resources available to students on website. (HB206)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Four-year public institutions of higher education; mental health resources, online module, and online assessment. Requires each four-year public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth to create and feature on its website a page with information dedicated solely to the mental health resources available to students at the institution. The bill requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, in conjunction with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, to create (i) a website that directs students to each institution's mental health resources page, (ii) an online interactive module on mental health, and (iii) a criterion-referenced online assessment to test each student's comprehension of the content of the module. The bill requires each incoming student to participate in the module and receive a passing score on the assessment. The bill also requires the governing board of each public institution of higher education to develop and implement policies that advise students, faculty, and staff, including residence hall staff, of the proper procedures for identifying and addressing the needs of students exhibiting symptoms of depression, anxiety, or self-destructive behavior in addition to suicidal tendencies or behavior as required in current law. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2015. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/26/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103101D
12/26/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB206)
01/23/2014Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB206)
01/29/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104641D-H1
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Read first time
02/06/2014Passed by for the day
02/07/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB206H1)
02/07/2014Passed by for the day
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104641D-H1
02/10/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB206H1
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/18/2014Assigned Education sub:
02/27/2014Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/2014Read third time
03/03/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB206ER)
03/06/2014Signed by Speaker
03/07/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB206ER)
03/09/2014Signed by President
03/10/2014Signed by President
04/04/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 558 (effective 7/1/15)
04/04/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0558)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


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