State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth suicide prevention.
Kansas Administrative Regulations 91-31-32. Performance and quality criteria.
(c) The quality criteria shall consist of the following quality measures, which shall be required to be in place at each school:
(12) programs for all school staff regarding suicide awareness and prevention. Each local board of education shall include the following in its suicide awareness and prevention programs:
(A) At least one hour of training each calendar year based on programs approved by the state board of education. The training requirement may be met through independent self-review of suicide prevention training material; and
(B) a building crisis plan developed for each school building. The building crisis plan shall include the following:
(i) Steps for recognizing suicide ideation;
(ii) appropriate methods of intervention; and
(iii) a crisis recovery plan.
Kansas Statutes 72-6284. Jason Flatt act.
(a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Jason Flatt act.
(b) The board of education of each school district shall provide suicide awareness and prevention programming to all school staff and shall notify the parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in such school district that the training materials provided under such programming are available to such parents or legal guardians. Such programming shall include, at a minimum:
(1) At least one hour of training each calendar year based on programs approved by the state board of education. Such training may be satisfied through independent self-review of suicide prevention training materials; and
(2) a building crisis plan developed for each school building. Such plan shall include:
(A) Steps for recognizing suicide ideation;
(B) appropriate methods of interventions; and
(C) a crisis recovery plan.
(c) No cause of action may be brought for any loss or damage caused by any act or omission resulting from the implementation of the provisions of this section, or resulting from any training, or lack of training, required by this section. Nothing in this section shall be construed to impose any specific duty of care.
(d) On or before January 1, 2017, the state board of education shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section.
Kansas Statutes 75-772. Kansas youth suicide prevention coordinator.
(a) The attorney general shall appoint a Kansas youth suicide prevention coordinator and, within the limits of appropriations available therefor, such additional staff as necessary to support the coordinator. The Kansas youth suicide prevention coordinator shall identify, create, coordinate and support youth suicide awareness and prevention efforts throughout the state.
(b) Within the limits of appropriations therefor, the Kansas youth suicide prevention coordinator may:
(1) Lead the development, implementation and marketing of a website, online application and mobile phone application to facilitate communication with youth for the purpose of preventing youth suicide and promoting youth safety and well-being;
(2) develop and promote multidisciplinary and interagency strategies to help communities, schools, mental health professionals, medical professionals, law enforcement and others work together and coordinate efforts to prevent and address youth suicide;
(3) organize events that bring together youth, educators and community members from across the state to share information and receive training to prevent and address youth suicide in their communities;
(4) gather, disseminate and promote information focused on suicide reduction; and
(5) perform any other duty assigned by the attorney general to carry out the provisions of this section.
Kansas Suicide Prevention, Response and Postvention Toolkit
In order to determine and establish suicide prevention, intervention and postvention training and education, school districts should complete the Annual Staff Professional Development and Student Education Planning Tool.