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S.F. No. 1311 - Requiring Suicide Prevention Training (First Engrossment)
Author: Senator Kathy Sheran
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: April 13, 2015


Section 1 (122A.09, subdivision 4) requires the Board of Teaching to adopt rules to include, for licensed teachers who are renewing their license, suicide prevention training that is approved as a best practice.

Sections 2 and 3 (145.56, subds. 2 and 4) amend the Suicide Prevention Plan under the Department of Health. Section 2 requires that, to the extent funds are appropriated, the commissioner establish two community-based grant programs; the first to provide evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention training to school staff, firefighters, and peace officers, emergency medical staff, priamry care providers, and others, and the second to provide postvention training to mental health professionals and practitioners to provide technical assistance to communities after a suicide and to prevent suicide clusters.  Section 3 requires the commissioner, in consultation with stakeholders, to submit a detailed plan identifying methods to improve suicide-related data methods to help identify the scope of the problem, identify high-risk groups, tailor prevention activities, and monitor the effects of prevention efforts, which is due February 1, 2016.

Section 4 appropriates funds to the Commissioner of Health for training under section 2.

Section 5 appropriates funds to the Commissioner of Human Services to provide children and adolescent mental health first aid training to teachers, social service personnel, law enforcement, and others who come into contact with children with mental illness.


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