State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 1/21/2022, by Sen. Mike Simmons


105 ILCS 110/3

    Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. With respect to the Comprehensive Health Education Program, requires that the instruction on mental health and illness discuss how and where to find mental health resources in this State. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive
5Health Education Act is amended by changing Section 3 as
7    (105 ILCS 110/3)
8    Sec. 3. Comprehensive Health Education Program. The
9program established under this Act shall include, but not be
10limited to, the following major educational areas as a basis
11for curricula in all elementary and secondary schools in this
12State: human ecology and health; human growth and development;
13the emotional, psychological, physiological, hygienic, and
14social responsibilities of family life, including sexual
15abstinence until marriage; the prevention and control of
16disease, including instruction in grades 6 through 12 on the
17prevention, transmission, and spread of AIDS; age-appropriate
18sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in
19grades pre-kindergarten through 12; public and environmental
20health; consumer health; safety education and disaster
21survival; mental health and illness; personal health habits;
22alcohol and drug use and abuse, including the medical and
23legal ramifications of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; abuse



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1during pregnancy; evidence-based and medically accurate
2information regarding sexual abstinence; tobacco and
3e-cigarettes and other vapor devices; nutrition; and dental
4health. The instruction on mental health and illness must
5evaluate the multiple dimensions of health by reviewing the
6relationship between physical and mental health so as to
7enhance student understanding, attitudes, and behaviors that
8promote health, well-being, and human dignity and must discuss
9how and where to find mental health resources in this State.
10The program shall also provide course material and instruction
11to advise pupils of the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection
12Act. The program shall include information about cancer,
13including, without limitation, types of cancer, signs and
14symptoms, risk factors, the importance of early prevention and
15detection, and information on where to go for help.
16Notwithstanding the above educational areas, the following
17areas may also be included as a basis for curricula in all
18elementary and secondary schools in this State: basic first
19aid (including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary
20resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver), heart disease,
21diabetes, stroke, the prevention of child abuse, neglect, and
22suicide, and teen dating violence in grades 7 through 12.
23Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, training on how to
24properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which
25training must be in accordance with standards of the American
26Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or another



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1nationally recognized certifying organization) and how to use
2an automated external defibrillator shall be included as a
3basis for curricula in all secondary schools in this State.
4    The school board of each public elementary and secondary
5school in the State shall encourage all teachers and other
6school personnel to acquire, develop, and maintain the
7knowledge and skills necessary to properly administer
8life-saving techniques, including, without limitation, the
9Heimlich maneuver and rescue breathing. The training shall be
10in accordance with standards of the American Red Cross, the
11American Heart Association, or another nationally recognized
12certifying organization. A school board may use the services
13of non-governmental entities whose personnel have expertise in
14life-saving techniques to instruct teachers and other school
15personnel in these techniques. Each school board is encouraged
16to have in its employ, or on its volunteer staff, at least one
17person who is certified, by the American Red Cross or by
18another qualified certifying agency, as qualified to
19administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In
20addition, each school board is authorized to allocate
21appropriate portions of its institute or inservice days to
22conduct training programs for teachers and other school
23personnel who have expressed an interest in becoming qualified
24to administer emergency first aid or cardiopulmonary
25resuscitation. School boards are urged to encourage their
26teachers and other school personnel who coach school athletic



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1programs and other extracurricular school activities to
2acquire, develop, and maintain the knowledge and skills
3necessary to properly administer first aid and cardiopulmonary
4resuscitation in accordance with standards and requirements
5established by the American Red Cross or another qualified
6certifying agency. Subject to appropriation, the State Board
7of Education shall establish and administer a matching grant
8program to pay for half of the cost that a school district
9incurs in training those teachers and other school personnel
10who express an interest in becoming qualified to administer
11cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which training must be in
12accordance with standards of the American Red Cross, the
13American Heart Association, or another nationally recognized
14certifying organization) or in learning how to use an
15automated external defibrillator. A school district that
16applies for a grant must demonstrate that it has funds to pay
17half of the cost of the training for which matching grant money
18is sought. The State Board of Education shall award the grants
19on a first-come, first-serve basis.
20    No pupil shall be required to take or participate in any
21class or course on AIDS or family life instruction or to
22receive training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary
23resuscitation or how to use an automated external
24defibrillator if his or her parent or guardian submits written
25objection thereto, and refusal to take or participate in the
26course or program or the training shall not be reason for



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1suspension or expulsion of the pupil.
2    Curricula developed under programs established in
3accordance with this Act in the major educational area of
4alcohol and drug use and abuse shall include classroom
5instruction in grades 5 through 12. The instruction, which
6shall include matters relating to both the physical and legal
7effects and ramifications of drug and substance abuse, shall
8be integrated into existing curricula; and the State Board of
9Education shall develop and make available to all elementary
10and secondary schools in this State instructional materials
11and guidelines which will assist the schools in incorporating
12the instruction into their existing curricula. In addition,
13school districts may offer, as part of existing curricula
14during the school day or as part of an after school program,
15support services and instruction for pupils or pupils whose
16parent, parents, or guardians are chemically dependent.
17(Source: P.A. 101-305, eff. 1-1-20; 102-464, eff. 8-20-21;
18102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)
19    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
20becoming law.