State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth suicide prevention.
Indiana Code 12-21-5-2 Responsibility for programs and services for children with an emotional disturbance
The division is responsible for the following: (1) The planning, research, and development of programs and methods for the education and treatment of children with an emotional disturbance. (2) The coordination of governmental services, activities, and programs in Indiana relating to such children. (3) The administration of the state supported services concerned with such children. (4) The preparation of the annual report required by IC 7.1-6-2-5. (5) The provision of a mental health first aid training program developed under section 4 [IC 12-21-5-4] of this chapter, including providing information and guidance to local school corporations on the development of evidence based programs for basic or inservice courses for teachers and training for teachers on the following:
- (A) Prevention of child suicide.
- (B) Recognition of signs that a student may be considering suicide. (6) The development, in consultation with stakeholders, and provision of a research based training program for health care providers, including mental health and behavioral health providers, concerning suicide assessment, training, and management that is:
- (A) demonstrated to be an effective or promising program; and
- (B) recommended by the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council.
Indiana Code 20-28-3-6 Youth suicide awareness and prevention training
(b) Beginning after June 30, 2018, each school corporation, charter school, and accredited nonpublic school:
- (1) shall require all teachers; and
- (2) may require any other appropriate school employees; who are employed at schools that provide instruction to students in any combination of grade 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 to attend or participate in at least two (2) hours of evidence based inservice youth suicide awareness and prevention training every three (3) school years. The training required under this subsection must be during the teacher’s or school employee’s contracted day or at a time chosen by the teacher or employee.
(c) Subject to subsection (e), the format of training required under this section may include:
- (1) an in-person presentation;
- (2) an electronic or technology based medium, including self-review modules available on an online system;
- (3) an individual program of study of designated materials; or
- (4) any other method approved by the governing body that is consistent with current professional development Standard.
(d) The inservice training required under this section shall count toward the requirements for professional development required by the governing body.
(e) The evidence based youth suicide awareness and preventiontraining required under subsection (b) must be approved, recommended, or listed as approved by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center or the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Memorandum: Suicide Awareness and Prevention (IC 20-26-5-34.4; IC 20-28-3-6) and SEA 230 (2018)
beginning after June 30, 2018, each school corporation, charter school, and accredited nonpublic school shall require all teachers (as defined in IC 20-18-2-22) and other appropriate school employees in schools with grades 5-12 to attend or participate in at least two hours of research-based in-service youth suicide awareness and prevention training every three school years.