Mental Health Plans on Campus


In light of the recent campus shootings out of state, this week higher education officials will tackle the state of the mental health policies at Florida's public universities. They will review policies and discuss some system-wide recommendations.

The Board of Governor's subcommittee on mental health was created after the Virginia Tech shootings last year.

The more recent student involved shooting at Northern Illinois University makes the policy review even more pressing according to Bill Edmonds, spokesman for the university system chancellor.

'We're not trying to, here in Florida, to keep people off campus,' Edmonds says. He says the goal is to make sure there's help for students with mental health problems.

Members of the subcommittee will meet via conference call Tuesday. They'll survey policies at all 11 state universities and recommend a 'best practices' framework for how to deal with troubled students.

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