Outline of the state of Kentucky

Professional Development for Mental Health

Professional Development for Mental Health

State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth mental health.

Kentucky Revised Statutes 156.095 Suicide prevention awareness information

(c) 1. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, and every year thereafter, a minimum of one (1) hour of high-quality suicide prevention training, including the recognition of signs and symptoms of possible mental illness, shall be required for all school district employees with job duties requiring direct contact with students in grades six (6) through twelve (12). The training shall be provided either in person, by live streaming, or via a video recording and may be included in the four (4) days of professional development under KRS 158.070.

  1. When a staff member subject to the training under subparagraph 1. of this paragraph is initially hired during a school year in which the training is not required, the local district shall provide suicide prevention materials to the staff member for review.
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