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HOUSE BILL NO. 374
INTRODUCED BY E. MCCLAFFERTY, B. BENNETT, Z. BROWN, V. COURT, W. CURDY, K. DUDIK, M. DUNWELL, J. ECK, J. ELLIS, M. FUNK, D. HAYMAN, C. HUNTER, T. JACOBSON, J. KARJALA, K. KELKER, G. KIPP, E. LIESER, R. LYNCH, M. MACDONALD, K. MCCARTHY, N. MCCONNELL, P. NOONAN, A. OLSEN, C. PEASE-LOPEZ, R. PEPPERS, Z. PERRY, G. PIERSON, C. POPE, J. PRICE, A. REDFIELD, V. RICCI, D. SALOMON, C. SCHREINER, B. SMITH, T. STEENBERG, K. SWANSON, S. WEBBER, N. WILSON, T. WOODS
AN ACT REQUIRING THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TO DEVELOP SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION TRAINING MATERIALS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES; RECOMMENDING AT LEAST 2 HOURS OF TRAINING EVERY 5 YEARS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, Montana's Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Act is based on The Jason Flatt Act model legislation that has been adopted in over a dozen states, where this legislation has been implemented to positively impact hundreds of thousands of teachers and millions of students around the country.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Short title. [Sections 1 and 2] may be cited as the "Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Act".
Section 2. Youth suicide awareness and prevention training. (1) The office of public instruction shall provide guidance and technical assistance to Montana schools on youth suicide awareness and prevention training materials. All training materials offered must be approved by the office of public instruction, meet the standards for professional development in the state, and be periodically reviewed by a qualified person or committee for consistency with generally accepted principles of youth suicide awareness and prevention training.
(2) The legislature recommends that youth suicide awareness and prevention training be made available annually to each employee of a school district and to staff of the office of public instruction who work directly with any students enrolled in Montana public schools. The training must be provided at no cost to the employee. The training may be offered through any method of training identified in subsection (3).
(3) The legislature recommends that employees under subsection (2) take at least 2 hours of youth suicide awareness and prevention training every 5 years. Appropriate methods for delivery of the training include:
(a) in-person attendance at a live training;
(c) an individual program of study of designated materials;
(d) self-review modules available online; and
(e) any other method chosen by the local school board that is consistent with professional development standards.
Section 3. Codification instruction. [Sections 1 and 2] are intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 20, chapter 7, and the provisions of Title 20, chapter 7, apply to [sections 1 and 2].
Section 4. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 2015.
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