Maine LD 725: An Act To Increase Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools

LD 725 (subjects: SCHOOL PERSONNEL , TRAINING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=725&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Thomas Saviello of Franklin: (R – District 17) — e-mail

5 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/5/2015 Senate Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/10/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/29/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Increase Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 4502, sub- 5-B, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 53, 1, is amended to read:

5-B. Suicide awareness education and training. Each school administrative unit shall develop a plan for suicide prevention awareness education for all school personnel and , suicide prevention and intervention training for certain personnel and a suicide prevention program for students in grades 8 to 12 in accordance with this subsection.

A. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year for high schools and in the 2015-2016 school year for elementary and middle schools, a one-hour to 2-hour in-service training module in suicide prevention awareness must be completed by all school personnel. School personnel shall complete the training module by the commencement of the school year or, for those employees who are newly hired, within 6 months from the beginning of employment. Suicide prevention awareness education must be repeated every 5 years.
B. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, a one-day course in suicide prevention and intervention training that will result in at least 2 school personnel trained in suicide prevention and intervention must be implemented by each school administrative unit and by each island, charter and public school that is not in a school administrative unit. Additional trained school personnel above the minimum of 2 must receive the training if the number of students in the school administrative unit is above 1,000 as follows:

(1) For 1,001 to 1,500 students, one additional school employee;

(2) For 1,501 to 2,000 students, 2 additional school personnel;

(3) For 2,001 to 2,500 students, 3 additional school personnel;

(4) For 2,501 to 3,000 students, 4 additional school personnel;

(5) For 3,001 to 3,500 students, 5 additional school personnel;

(6) For 3,501 to 4,000 students, 6 additional school personnel;

(7) For 4,001 to 4,500 students, 7 additional school personnel;

(8) For 4,501 to 5,000 students, 8 additional school personnel;

(9) For 5,001 to 5,500 students, 9 additional school personnel;

(10) For 5,501 to 6,000 students, 10 additional school personnel;

(11) For 6,001 to 6,500 students, 11 additional school personnel;

(12) For 6,501 to 7,000 students, 12 additional school personnel;

(13) For 7,001 to 7,500 students, 13 additional school personnel; and

(14) For 7,501 or more students, 14 additional school personnel.

Suicide prevention and intervention training must be repeated every 5 years.

C. Suicide prevention awareness education and suicide prevention and intervention training under this subsection must conform to national guidelines adopted by organizations that offer best practices, research-based training.
D. Training pursuant to this subsection must count toward satisfaction of professional development requirements for the department and certification requirements for teachers and other professional personnel under chapters 501 and 502.
E. A school administrative unit shall complete and file proof of completion of the suicide prevention awareness education and the suicide prevention and intervention training once every 5 years as required under this subsection with the department.
F. Health education provided by a school administrative unit to students in grades 8 to 12 must include a comprehensive suicide prevention program.

The department shall adopt rules to implement this subsection. The rules must include, but are not limited to, implementation standards for suicide prevention awareness education and for suicide prevention and intervention training. Standards adopted for suicide prevention awareness education must be made available on the department???s publicly accessible website. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection before July 1, 2014 are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A. Beginning July 1, 2014, rules adopted by the department pursuant to this subsection are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

SUMMARY

This bill requires a school administrative unit to complete and file proof of completion of suicide prevention awareness education and suicide prevention and intervention training for school personnel with the Department of Education. It also requires health education provided by a school administrative unit to students in grades 8 to 12 to include a comprehensive suicide prevention program.

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