Sen. Mike Simmons

Filed: 2/23/2022





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 4028 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive
5Health Education Act is amended by changing Section 3 and by
6adding Section 5.5 as follows:
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



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1prevention, transmission, and spread of AIDS; age-appropriate
2sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in
3grades pre-kindergarten through 12; public and environmental
4health; consumer health; safety education and disaster
5survival; mental health and illness; personal health habits;
6alcohol and drug use and abuse, including the medical and
7legal ramifications of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; abuse
8during pregnancy; evidence-based and medically accurate
9information regarding sexual abstinence; tobacco and
10e-cigarettes and other vapor devices; nutrition; and dental
11health. The instruction on mental health and illness must
12evaluate the multiple dimensions of health by reviewing the
13relationship between physical and mental health so as to
14enhance student understanding, attitudes, and behaviors that
15promote health, well-being, and human dignity and must include
16how and where to find mental health resources and specialized
17treatment in the State. The program shall also provide course
18material and instruction to advise pupils of the Abandoned
19Newborn Infant Protection Act. The program shall include
20information about cancer, including, without limitation, types
21of cancer, signs and symptoms, risk factors, the importance of
22early prevention and detection, and information on where to go
23for help. Notwithstanding the above educational areas, the
24following areas may also be included as a basis for curricula
25in all elementary and secondary schools in this State: basic
26first aid (including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary



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1resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver), heart disease,
2diabetes, stroke, the prevention of child abuse, neglect, and
3suicide, and teen dating violence in grades 7 through 12.
4Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, training on how to
5properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which
6training must be in accordance with standards of the American
7Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or another
8nationally recognized certifying organization) and how to use
9an automated external defibrillator shall be included as a
10basis for curricula in all secondary schools in this State.
11    The school board of each public elementary and secondary
12school in the State shall encourage all teachers and other
13school personnel to acquire, develop, and maintain the
14knowledge and skills necessary to properly administer
15life-saving techniques, including, without limitation, the
16Heimlich maneuver and rescue breathing. The training shall be
17in accordance with standards of the American Red Cross, the
18American Heart Association, or another nationally recognized
19certifying organization. A school board may use the services
20of non-governmental entities whose personnel have expertise in
21life-saving techniques to instruct teachers and other school
22personnel in these techniques. Each school board is encouraged
23to have in its employ, or on its volunteer staff, at least one
24person who is certified, by the American Red Cross or by
25another qualified certifying agency, as qualified to
26administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In



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1addition, each school board is authorized to allocate
2appropriate portions of its institute or inservice days to
3conduct training programs for teachers and other school
4personnel who have expressed an interest in becoming qualified
5to administer emergency first aid or cardiopulmonary
6resuscitation. School boards are urged to encourage their
7teachers and other school personnel who coach school athletic
8programs and other extracurricular school activities to
9acquire, develop, and maintain the knowledge and skills
10necessary to properly administer first aid and cardiopulmonary
11resuscitation in accordance with standards and requirements
12established by the American Red Cross or another qualified
13certifying agency. Subject to appropriation, the State Board
14of Education shall establish and administer a matching grant
15program to pay for half of the cost that a school district
16incurs in training those teachers and other school personnel
17who express an interest in becoming qualified to administer
18cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which training must be in
19accordance with standards of the American Red Cross, the
20American Heart Association, or another nationally recognized
21certifying organization) or in learning how to use an
22automated external defibrillator. A school district that
23applies for a grant must demonstrate that it has funds to pay
24half of the cost of the training for which matching grant money
25is sought. The State Board of Education shall award the grants
26on a first-come, first-serve basis.



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1    No pupil shall be required to take or participate in any
2class or course on AIDS or family life instruction or to
3receive training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary
4resuscitation or how to use an automated external
5defibrillator if his or her parent or guardian submits written
6objection thereto, and refusal to take or participate in the
7course or program or the training shall not be reason for
8suspension or expulsion of the pupil.
9    Curricula developed under programs established in
10accordance with this Act in the major educational area of
11alcohol and drug use and abuse shall include classroom
12instruction in grades 5 through 12. The instruction, which
13shall include matters relating to both the physical and legal
14effects and ramifications of drug and substance abuse, shall
15be integrated into existing curricula; and the State Board of
16Education shall develop and make available to all elementary
17and secondary schools in this State instructional materials
18and guidelines which will assist the schools in incorporating
19the instruction into their existing curricula. In addition,
20school districts may offer, as part of existing curricula
21during the school day or as part of an after school program,
22support services and instruction for pupils or pupils whose
23parent, parents, or guardians are chemically dependent.
24(Source: P.A. 101-305, eff. 1-1-20; 102-464, eff. 8-20-21;
25102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)



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1    (105 ILCS 110/5.5 new)
2    Sec. 5.5. Student Mental Health Council; reporting.
3    (a) In this Section, "Council" means the Student Mental
4Health Council.
5    (b) The Student Mental Health Council is created.
6    (c) The Student Mental Health Council shall:
7        (1) Conduct meetings at least once a quarter.
8        (2) Identify barriers to youth feeling supported by
9    and empowered by the system of mental health and treatment
10    providers.
11        (3) Evaluate available resources and services at
12    schools for students.
13        (4) Destigmatize getting help when needed for our
14    young people.
15        (5) Evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on students mental
16    health, substance use disorders, and other mental health
17    conditions.
18        (6) Advise and make recommendations to the General
19    Assembly and the Governor regarding:
20            (A) the dissemination of information to schools,
21        including agency websites, informational materials,
22        and outreach personnel;
23            (B) available services to students and any service
24        gaps; and
25            (C) how to improve State policy concerning student
26        mental health.



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1    (d) The Council shall be composed of the following:
2        (1) the State Board of Education Chair or his or her
3    designee;
4        (2) one member of the Senate appointed by the Senate
5    President;
6        (3) one member of the House appointed by the Speaker
7    of the House;
8        (4) one member of the Senate appointed by the Minority
9    Leader of the Senate;
10        (5) one member of the House appointed the Minority
11    Leader of the House;
12        (6) the State Board of Education Director or his or
13    her designee;
14        (7) three members who are executive directors or chief
15    executive officers, or their designees, of organizations
16    led by minorities, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals that are
17    doing mental health focused work for youth;
18        (8) two members that are active mental health and
19    substance use disorder counselors for youth;
20        (9) three members who are recent graduates of public
21    high schools;
22        (10) three members who are recent graduates of public
23    universities; and
24        (11) the following members shall be appointed by the
25    State Board of Education:
26            (A) one current public high school student who



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1        lives in Cook County;
2            (B) one current public high school student who
3        lives in central Illinois;
4            (C) one current public high school student who
5        lives in southern Illinois;
6            (D) one current public high school student who
7        lives in northern Illinois; and
8            (E) one current public high school student who
9        lives in western Illinois.
10    (e) The State Board of Education shall house the Council
11and provide administrative, personnel, and technical support
13    (f) No member of the Council, including the chairperson,
14shall receive any compensation for services on the Council but
15shall be reimbursed for ordinary and necessary expenses
16incurred in attending meetings of the Council.
17    (g) The Council may form subcommittees that meet more than
18once per quarter.
19    (h) The initial Council meeting shall be convened no later
20than January 1, 2023.
21    (i) The Council shall meet with the State Board of
22Education personnel quarterly.
23    (j) The Council shall prepare and deliver an annual report
24to the General Assembly and the Governor's Office by December
2531 of each year.
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1Assembly and the Governor's Office.
2    (l) The Council is dissolved, and this Section is
3repealed, on January 1, 2026.
4    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
5becoming law.".