7 Cheryl K. Acton
8 Gay Lynn Bennion
9 Joel K. Briscoe
10 Clare Collard
11 Jennifer Dailey-Provost
12 Steve Eliason
13 Stephen G. Handy
Rosemary T. Lesser
Carol Spackman Moss
Raymond P. Ward
Douglas R. Welton
Mark A. Wheatley
15 LONG TITLE
16 General Description:
17 This bill amends provisions related to the purposes for youth suicide prevention
19 Highlighted Provisions:
20 This bill:
21 ▸ amends provisions related to the purposes for youth suicide prevention programs;
22 ▸ divides elements of the youth suicide prevention programs between elementary
23 grades and secondary grades;
24 ▸ requires communication between the school district or charter school and certain
25 parents or guardians;
26 ▸ requires school districts and charter schools to ensure coordination between youth
27 suicide prevention programs and certain other prevention programs;
28 ▸ repeals a separate program to consolidate funding and effort into one
29 comprehensive suicide prevention program; and
30 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
31 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
33 Other Special Clauses:
35 Utah Code Sections Affected:
37 53G-9-702, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapters 293, 324, and 447
39 53F-5-206, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 414 and renumbered and
40 amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 2
42 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
43 Section 1. Section 53G-9-702 is amended to read:
44 53G-9-702. Youth suicide prevention programs -- State board to develop model
46 (1) As used in the section:
47 (a) "Elementary grades" means:
48 (i) kindergarten through grade 5; and
49 (ii) if the associated middle or junior high school does not include grade 6, grade 6.
52 death to prevent or contain contagion.
56 designated by the state board as described in Subsection [
58 (i) [
59 (ii) if a middle or junior high school includes grade 6, [
61 coordinator described in Section 62A-15-1101.
62 (2) In collaboration with the public education suicide prevention coordinator, a school
63 district or charter school[
64 implement a youth suicide prevention program, which, in collaboration with the training,
65 programs, and initiatives described in Section 53G-9-607, shall include programs and training
66 to address:
68 (a) for elementary grades and secondary grades:
69 (i) life-affirming education, including on the concepts of resiliency, healthy habits,
70 self-care, problem solving, and conflict resolution;
71 (ii) methods of strengthening the family; and
72 (iii) methods of strengthening a youth's relationships in the school and community; and
73 (b) for secondary grades:
76 (A) not accepted by family for any reason, including lesbian, gay, bisexual,
77 transgender, or questioning youth; or
78 (B) suffer from bullying;
84 (3) Each school district and charter school shall ensure that the youth suicide
85 prevention program described in Subsection (2):
86 (a) considers appropriate coordination with the following prevention programs:
87 (i) the prevention of bullying and cyber-bullying, as those terms are defined in Section
88 53G-9-601; and
89 (ii) the prevention of underage drinking of alcohol and substance abuse under Section
90 53G-10-406; and
91 (b) includes provisions to ensure that the school district or charter school promptly
92 communicates with the parent or guardian of a student in accordance with Section 53G-9-604.
94 (a) designate a public education suicide prevention coordinator; and
95 (b) in collaboration with the Department of [
96 prevention coordinator, develop model programs to provide to school districts and charter
98 (i) program training; and
99 (ii) resources regarding the required components described in [
100 Subsections (2)(a) and (b).
102 (a) oversee the youth suicide prevention programs of school districts and charter
103 schools; and
104 (b) coordinate prevention and postvention programs, services, and efforts with the state
105 suicide prevention coordinator[
108 ask a student questions related to youth suicide prevention, intervention, or postvention.
110 to a school district or charter school to be used to implement evidence-based practices and
111 programs, or emerging best practices and programs, for preventing suicide in the school district
112 or charter school.
113 (b) The state board shall [
114 board's distribution of money under Subsection [
116 least $1,000 per school.
117 (c) (i) A school shall use money allocated to the school under Subsection [
118 implement evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs,
119 for preventing suicide.
120 (ii) Each school may select the evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging
121 best practices and programs, for preventing suicide that the school implements.
122 (8) An LEA may not charge indirect costs to the program.
123 Section 2. Repealer.
124 This bill repeals:
125 Section 53F-5-206, Grant awards for elementary suicide prevention programs.