7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions related to the purposes for youth suicide prevention
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ amends provisions related to the purposes for youth suicide prevention programs;
14 ▸ divides elements of the youth suicide prevention programs between elementary
15 grades and secondary grades;
16 ▸ requires communication between the school district or charter school and certain
17 parents or guardians;
18 ▸ requires school districts and charter schools to ensure coordination between youth
19 suicide prevention programs and certain other prevention programs;
20 ▸ repeals a separate program to consolidate funding and effort into one
21 comprehensive suicide prevention program; and
22 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
23 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 53G-9-702, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapters 293, 324, and 447
31 53F-5-206, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 414 and renumbered and
32 amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 2
34 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
35 Section 1. Section 53G-9-702 is amended to read:
36 53G-9-702. Youth suicide prevention programs -- State board to develop model
38 (1) As used in the section:
39 (a) "Elementary grades" means:
40 (i) kindergarten through grade 5; and
41 (ii) if the associated middle or junior high school does not include grade 6, grade 6.
44 death to prevent or contain contagion.
48 designated by the state board as described in Subsection [
50 (i) [
51 (ii) if a middle or junior high school includes grade 6, [
53 coordinator described in Section 62A-15-1101.
54 (2) In collaboration with the public education suicide prevention coordinator, a school
55 district or charter school[
56 implement a youth suicide prevention program, which, in collaboration with the training,
57 programs, and initiatives described in Section 53G-9-607, shall include programs and training
58 to address:
60 (a) for elementary grades and secondary grades:
61 (i) life-affirming education, including on the concepts of resiliency, healthy habits,
62 self-care, problem solving, and conflict resolution;
63 (ii) methods of strengthening the family; and
64 (iii) methods of strengthening a youth's relationships in the school and community; and
65 (b) for secondary grades:
68 (A) not accepted by family for any reason, including lesbian, gay, bisexual,
69 transgender, or questioning youth; or
70 (B) suffer from bullying;
76 (3) Each school district and charter school shall ensure that the youth suicide
77 prevention program described in Subsection (2):
78 (a) considers appropriate coordination with the following prevention programs:
79 (i) the prevention of bullying and cyber-bullying, as those terms are defined in Section
80 53G-9-601; and
81 (ii) the prevention of underage drinking of alcohol and substance abuse under Section
82 53G-10-406; and
83 (b) includes provisions to ensure that the school district or charter school promptly
84 communicates with the parent or guardian of a student in accordance with Section 53G-9-604.
86 (a) designate a public education suicide prevention coordinator; and
87 (b) in collaboration with the Department of [
88 prevention coordinator, develop model programs to provide to school districts and charter
90 (i) program training; and
91 (ii) resources regarding the required components described in [
92 Subsections (2)(a) and (b).
94 (a) oversee the youth suicide prevention programs of school districts and charter
95 schools; and
96 (b) coordinate prevention and postvention programs, services, and efforts with the state
97 suicide prevention coordinator[
100 ask a student questions related to youth suicide prevention, intervention, or postvention.
102 to a school district or charter school to be used to implement evidence-based practices and
103 programs, or emerging best practices and programs, for preventing suicide in the school district
104 or charter school.
105 (b) The state board shall [
106 board's distribution of money under Subsection [
108 least $1,000 per school.
109 (c) (i) A school shall use money allocated to the school under Subsection [
110 implement evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs,
111 for preventing suicide.
112 (ii) Each school may select the evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging
113 best practices and programs, for preventing suicide that the school implements.
114 (8) An LEA may not charge indirect costs to the program.
115 Section 2. Repealer.
116 This bill repeals:
117 Section 53F-5-206, Grant awards for elementary suicide prevention programs.