Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Information 4.603
College complies with the Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act, 110 ILCS 74/1 et seq., which requires that institutions of higher learning provide all students the opportunity to authorize in writing the disclosure of certain private mental health information to a designated person. A designated person is defined by this Act as a parent, guardian, or other person over the age of 18 designated by a student to receive disclosure of certain private mental health information.
If a physician, clinical psychologist, or qualified examiner who is employed by the college determines that the student poses a clear danger to self or others, ECC will disclose the student’s mental health information to the student’s designated person to protect the student or other person against a clear, imminent risk of serious physical or mental injury or disease or death being inflicted upon the person or by the student on self, or another. The mental health determination will be disclosed to the student’s designated person as soon as practical, but in no more than 24 hours after making the mental health determination.
A qualified examiner is defined by Section 1-122 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code Act as a clinical social worker, a registered psychiatric nurse, a licensed clinical professional counselor, or a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Every student will be provided the opportunity to complete and submit a Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Information Form if they do. Wellness Services will make the form available at New Student Orientation and through quarterly email blasts to all students. Students can access the Optional_Disclosure_of_Private_Mental_Health_Information-Form on the Wellness Services website.
Students who elect to complete the authorization form are required to print the form and place it into a sealed envelope addressed to Wellness Services. The sealed envelope should be submitted to the Student Success Center, room B120. These forms will be stored confidentially and securely for the length of time noted in the state’s retention records policy. Only the Wellness Professionals and the Dean of Students will have access to these confidential forms.