SSDP's 911 Good Samaritan Policy Database Updated

SSDP's 911 Good Samaritan Policy Database Updated

Special thanks to our intern Greg Weeks for researching and compiling this data, as well as writing this blog post.

We’ve updated our database of colleges and universities with 911 Good Samaritan (also referred to as medical amnesty) policies! We found and catalogued 186 institutions and 21 states with such policies in place. The full list of schools can be found here.

 

Full list of states and schools with Good Samaritan Policies (click the “states” tab at the bottom to switch between schools and states)

 

Observations

Colleges and universities which do have good Samaritan policies are about evenly split between public and private institutions, though private schools are slightly more likely to find their way onto the list. Most policies provide amnesty for both alcohol and other drugs but some, about a quarter of those found, only provide amnesty for those emergencies involving alcohol. Most policies protect the victim and the caller.

Policies vary widely in the type of protection offered and the detail provided. Many are also vague on certain points. Links to the policies themselves have been included where available.

The number of statewide Good Samaritan Policies has also increased. Currently twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have passed such laws either as new legislation or as a modification of existing statute. Please see the map and list below for a full listing of states. The links to these policies can also be found here.

 

Good Samaritan Law Map

 

 

The states which currently have good Samaritan policies are:

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. Florida
  6. Hawaii
  7. Illinois
  8. Indiana
  9. Maryland
  10. Massachusetts
  11. Michigan
  12. New Jersey
  13. New Mexico
  14. New York
  15. North Dakota
  16. Pennsylvania
  17. Rhode Island
  18. Texas
  19. Utah
  20. Washington
  21. District of Columbia

 

Full list of states and schools with Good Samaritan Policies (click the “states” tab at the bottom to switch between schools and states)

 

Want to work on getting a Good Samaritan Policy at your school? Start an SSDP chapter!