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Health--Suicide Prevention


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State Status/Date Level Summary
NESigned into law 04/2014P-12Suicide Prevention Training and other Safety Elements
L.B. 923
Requires all public school nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and administrators to receive at least one hour of training each year, beginning with the 2014-15 school year. The required training will be included under the...

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UTSigned into law 04/2014P-12Suicide Prevention
H.B. 329
Provides the board may, subject to legislative appropriation, distribute funds to a district or charter school to implement evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs, for preventing suicide. Directs the board to distribute ...

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UTSigned into law 03/2014P-12Suicide Prevention
H.B. 23
Extends certain student privacy provisions to charter schools, along with requirement that staff be trained in these provisions. Provides an exception to these privacy provisions for public and private school students if a school employee, agent, or school res...

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WASigned into law 03/2014P-12Youth Suicide Prevention Activities
S.B. 6431
Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to work with state agency and community partners to assist schools in implementing youth suicide prevention activities. Requires OSPI to prioritize funding to communities identified as the highest...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Students with Mental or Emotional Disorders
S.B. 460
Requires that minimum academic qualifications for a teaching certificate require that a person receive instruction in detection of students with mental or emotional disorders. Requires that instruction be developed by experts in the diagnosis and treatment of ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Suicide Prevention
S.B. 831
Previous legislation required the department of state health services, in coordination with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based early mental health intervention and suicide prevention progr...

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COSigned into law 06/2013P-12Colorado Youth Advisory Council
S.B. 148
Amends provisions related to the Colorado Youth Advisory Council. Amends issues the youth advisory council may discuss to include education and skill development (previously only education); employment and economic opportunities, education opportunities, inclu...

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MESigned into law 04/2013P-12An Act To Increase Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools
H.P. 428
Requires the Department of Education to adopt rules on standards for schools and school administrative units for suicide prevention education and training. The training and education will include suicide prevention awareness education for all personnel and mor...

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NDSigned into law 04/2013P-12Youth Suicide Prevention.
S.B. 2306
Requires school districts to provide at least two hours of professional development relating to youth suicide risk indicators, appropriate staff responses, and referral sources to middle and high school teachers and administrators once every two years. Require...

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UTSigned into law 03/2013P-12Parent Seminar on Youth Protection
H.B. 298
Directs a district to offer a parent seminar each year, using either a locally-developed curriculum or a curriculum developed by the state board, that includes information on substance abuse; bullying; mental health, depression, and suicide awareness; and Inte...

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NMPassed 03/2013P-12American Indian Suicide Prevention
S.B. 447
Creates the Native American suicide prevention advisory council to provide culturally appropriate suicide prevention, intervention and post-event assistance statewide to Native American individuals, families and tribes, nations and pueblos living with suicide,...

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OHSigned into law 12/2012P-12Suicide Awareness and Prevention.
H.B. 543
Enacts the "Jason Flatt Act" to require public schools to train staff in youth suicide awareness and prevention.
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_543 ...

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AKSigned into law 05/2012P-12Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program
S.B. 137
Requires the department of education to annually provide youth suicide awareness and prevention training to each teacher, administrator, counselor, and specialist to provide services to students in grades seven through 12 in a public school in the state at no ...

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SCSigned into law 05/2012P-12Suicide Prevention
H.B. 4690
Requires two hours of training in youth suicide awareness and prevention as a requirement for the renewal of credentials of individuals employed in a middle school or high school. The required training counts toward the one hundred twenty renewal credits speci...

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UTSigned into law 03/2012P-12Suicide Prevention
H.B. 501
Requires districts and charter schools to require each licensed employee to complete two hours of professional development on youth suicide prevention within their license cycle. Directs the state board to develop or adopt sample materials for districts or cha...

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WASigned into law 03/2012P-12Requiring Certain Health Professionals to Complete Education in Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management.
H.B. 2366
Requires certain health professionals to complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management as part of their continuing education, continuing competency, or recertification requirements. Requires the secretary of the department of health to con...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention of Youth Suicide
H.B. 1386 - Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention of Youth Suicide
Directs the department of public health, in coordination with the Texas Education Agency, to provide and annually update a list of best practice-based early mental health intervention and suicide prevention programs for implementation in public K-12 schools. P...

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FLSigned into law 05/2011P-12Suicide Prevention Educational Resources
S.B. 2104
Eliminates language requiring the approval role of the Office of Drug Control for materials provided to school districts relating to suicide prevention educational resources. http://laws.flrules.org/files/Ch_2011-051.pdf/files/Ch_2011-051.pdf...

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INSigned into law 05/2011P-12Suicide Prevention
S.B. 4
Allows a governing body to adjourn its schools to allow teachers to participate in a basic or inservice course of education and training on suicide prevention and the recognition of signs that a student may be considering suicide. Requires the division of ment...

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WASigned into law 04/2011P-12Relating to Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Suicide Prevention
H.B. 1163
Requires the offices of the education ombudsman and the superintendent of public instruction to convene a work group on school bullying and harassment preventionto develop, recommend, and implement
strategies to improve school climate and create respectful lea...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011P-12Suicide Prevention
H.B. 1778
Requires two hours of mandatory in-service professional development once every five years for licensed personnel in teen suicide awareness and prevention.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/2011R/Acts/Act770.pdf...

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PAAdopted 10/2010P-12Suicide Prevention Education
H.R. 980
A Resolution promoting youth suicide prevention education for all administrative, teaching and counseling personnel in all public and private high schools in Pennsylvania.
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2009&...

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ILSigned into law 06/2010P-12Suicide Prevention
H.B. 4672
Adds school social workers who work with students in grades 7-12 to the list of persons who must be trained to identify the warning signs of suicidal behavior in adolescents and teens and be taught intervention techniques. Adds participating in or presenting a...

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FLSigned into law 06/2010P-12Suicide Prevention Professional Development
S.B. 434
Requires that district school boards provide access to suicide prevention educational resources, as approved by the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, to all instructional and administrative personnel as part of the school district professional developmen...

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KYSigned into law 04/2010P-12Suicide Prevention in Secondary Schools
S.B. 65
Requires all high school and middle school principals, guidance counselors and teachers each school year to complete a minimum of two hours of self-study review of suicide prevention materials. Provides that if a local board offers suicide prevention training,...

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KYSigned into law 03/2010P-12Suicide Prevention
H.B. 51
Requires the cabinet for health and family services to post suicide prevention awareness and training information on its Web page by August 1, 2010; requires every public middle and high school administrator to disseminate suicide prevention awareness informat...

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ALSigned into law 05/2009P-12Student Harassment (Bullying) and Suicide Prevention
H.B. 216
Effective October 1, 2009. Establishes the Student Harassment Prevention Act. Requires local boards to adopt policies by July 2010 to prevent student harassment and suicide. Includes written and electronic acts motivated by a student characteristic in the defi...

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MSSigned into law 03/2009P-12Suicide Prevention
S.B. 2770
Directs the State Department of Education to require annual in-service training for presently employed teachers and principals to include suicide prevention education, with such training to be developed by the State Department of Mental Health; requires such t...

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CASigned into law 07/2008P-12Suicide prevention
S.B. 1378
Authorizes a school district that receives a professional development block grant to offer to each of its teachers staff development in the prevention of youth suicide.
Chapter 143
http://www.senate.ca.gov/...

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LASigned into law 06/2008P-12Suicide Prevention Training
H.B. 719
Requires in-service training for teachers, school counselors, principals, and other school administrators in suicide prevention; provides that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall adopt guidelines and rules for such training.
http://www....

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WISigned into law 04/2008P-12Suicide Prevention for Public and Private School Professional Staff
S.B. 493
Bill directs the local school boards and governing bodies of private schools to inform their professional staffs of the resources available from the department of public instruction. The department must provide annually a model notice, describing the suicide p...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12
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Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance
H.B. 1643
Deletes references to the Illinois Suicide Prevention Strategic Planning Committee and the Committee and replaces them with references to the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/HB/PDF/09500HB1643lv.pdf...

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HISigned into law 06/2007P-12
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Youth Suicide Early Intervention and Prevention Program
H.B. 55
Authorizes the department of health to establish a statewide youth suicide early intervention and prevention program that focused on young people ages 10-24 to:
(1)  Create public awareness for issues relating to youth suicide prevention;
(2)  Build community...

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FLSigned into law 05/2007P-12
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Office for Suicide Prevention
H.B. 139
Creates the statewide Office for Suicide Prevention as a unit of the drug control office in the office of the governor. Directs the office to:

(1) Develop a network of community-based programs to improve suicide prevention initiatives and work to eliminate ba...

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TNSigned into law 04/2007P-12Professional Development on Suicide Prevention
S.B. 57, H.B. 101
Creates the Jason Flatt Act of 2007 to require that in-service training for teachers and principals include at least two hours of instruction in suicide prevention each school year.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/SB0057.pdf...

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IDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Teen Early Intervention Mental Health and Substance Abuse Specialist Program
S.B. 1147
Defines "teens at risk" as public school students in grades 7-12 who have been identified as expressing or exhibiting indications of depression, suicidal inclination, emotional trauma, substance abuse or other behaviors or symptoms that indicate the existenc...

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VASigned into law 03/2007Postsec.
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Suicide Prevention Policies
H.B. 3064
Directs the governing boards of each public institution of higher education to develop and implement policies that advise students, faculty, and staff, including residence hall staff, of the proper procedures for identifying and addressing the needs of student...

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MISigned into law 07/2006P-12Suicide Prevention & Education Programs
H.B. 4375
Encourages schools to provide age-appropriate instruction programs regarding warning signs and risk factors of suicide and depression and the protective factors that help prevent suicide; provides professional development for school personnel; provides that fa...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006P-12Hazing, Harassment, Bullying, Suicide, or Substance Abuse Prevention Training
H.B. 867 - Section 27
Requires schools to annually submit the names of organizations and individuals who have provided effective hazing, harassment, bullying, suicide, or substance abuse prevention training for staff or students, or both.  Directs the commissioner to consult with t...

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COTo governor 05/2006Postsec.Suicide Prevention Procedures for Higher Education
S.B. 67
Concerns suicidal behavior among students in higher education; authorizes selected state institutions of higher education to notify a designated contact person in the event that a person who has been designated by the state institution has a reasonable belief ...

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VTSigned into law 04/2006P-12Suicide Prevention Education
H.B. 630
Provides that teaching about signs of and responses to depression and risk of suicide is critical to promoting a safe and healthy school environment for all children. Requires the comprehensive health curriculum to promote an understanding of depression and t...

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COSigned into law 04/2006P-12Teacher Professional Development on Student Mental Health
H.B. 1098
Allows public school teachers to receive professional development credit by attending an in-service program on juvenile mental health
issues, including awareness and prevention of youth suicide.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics2006a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/07205A4...

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IDIssued 03/2006P-12Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention
Executive Order 2006-08
Establishes the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention. Provides that the council's responsibilities are:

A. To oversee the implementation of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan;
B. To ensure the continued relevance of the plan by evaluating implementation pr...

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NJSigned into law 02/2006P-12Suicide Prevention Professional Development
A.B. 3931
Requires State Board of Education to include two hours of instruction in suicide prevention as part of professional development for public school teaching staff members; revises the Core Curriculum Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education to in...

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COSigned into law 06/2005P-12Child Fatality Prevention Act
H.B. 1280
Defines "unexpected and unexplained death" as a death that, prior to investigation, appears to have been caused by trauma, suspicious or obscure circumstances, or child abuse or neglect. Includes death from vehicular trauma, fire, drowning, abuse, suicide and ...

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AZVetoed 04/2005P-12Privacy in Schools
S.B. 1270
Bars a teacher, principal, counselor or other district or charter school employee, unless the parent is notified in writing and provides written consent to the disclosure of the information requested, from:
(1) Undertaking or contracting to undertake any behav...

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MD(S) THIRD READING PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (47-0) 04/2005P-12Youth Suicide Prevention School Program - Mental Health Programs
H.B. 930
Authorizing the Youth Suicide Prevention School Program to include specified mental health programs; requiring the Youth Suicide Prevention School Program to develop and implement specified mental health programs; authorizing the State Department of Education ...

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MEIssued 02/2005P-12
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An Order to Strengthen Maine's Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts
Executive Order
Orders the governor's children's cabinet to assign staff to participate in a strategic planning process to update and revise the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program (MYSPP), outline strategies to improve the quality and accessibility of suicide and self-inj...

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NHSigned into law 04/2004P-12Youth Suicide Prevention
H.B. 1397
Expands the duties of the health education review committee to include specific consideration of youth suicide prevention initiatives....

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CTSigned into law 06/2003P-12Funding to Promote Children's Well-being
S.B. 886
Requires the State Prevention Council to determine long-term goals, strategies and outcome measures to promote the health and well being of children and families including; early intervention strategies, an increase in healthy pregnant women and newborns, a de...

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NVSigned into law 05/2003P-12Training Programs for Teachers
S.B. 36
The governing body of a regional training program may facilitate and coordinate access to information by teachers and administrators concerning issues related to suicide among pupils. Such information must be offered for educational purposes only. Receipt of o...

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LASigned into law 06/2001P-12Suicide Prevention Program
S.B. 792
Establishes a program of suicide prevention in public schools....

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