Students Prominent in Clinton Mental Health Plan

August 31, 2016

Hillary Clinton this week unveiled her proposals to improve mental health services in the United States, and several parts of the plan (which did not have full details on how things would work) focus on colleges and their students. Clinton's plan would:

  • Have the federal government encourage every college to have adequate mental health services for students. In addition, the proposal would provide support for "under-resourced schools that serve a disproportionate number of low- and middle-income students and communities of color."
  • Provide federal support ($50 million) for groups working on suicide prevention at colleges. "Hillary believes that every college campus should have a comprehensive strategy to prevent suicide, including counseling, training for personnel, and policies that enable students to take leave for mental health," the plan says.
  • Direct the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to work with colleges "to ensure that students of color and LGBT students are receiving adequate mental health coverage."


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