(1) Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Education, in consultation
with the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention and suicide prevention experts, shall
develop a list of approved youth suicide awareness and prevention training materials
that may be used for training in youth suicide awareness and prevention for instructional
personnel in elementary school, middle school, and high school. The approved list of materials:
(a) Must include training on how to identify appropriate mental health services and
how to refer youth and their families to those services.
(b) May include materials currently being used by a school district if such materials
meet any criteria established by the department.
(c) May include programs that instructional personnel can complete through a self-review
of approved youth suicide awareness and prevention materials.
(2) A school that chooses to incorporate 2 hours of training offered pursuant to this
section shall be considered a “Suicide Prevention Certified School.” The training must be included in the existing continuing education or inservice training
requirements for instructional personnel and may not add to the total hours currently
required by the department. A school that chooses to participate in the training must require all instructional
personnel to participate.
(3) A school that participates in the suicide awareness and prevention training pursuant
to this section must report its participation to the department. The department shall keep an updated record of all Suicide Prevention Certified
(4) A person has no cause of action for any loss or damage caused by an act or omission
resulting from the implementation of this section or resulting from any training required
by this section unless the loss or damage was caused by willful or wanton misconduct. This section does not create any new duty of care or basis of liability.
(5) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to implement this section.
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