State law encourages districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth suicide prevention
Oklahoma Statutes 70-24-100.7. Suicide awareness and drug abuse policies – Immunity from employment discipline and civil liability – Cause of action limitations – Duty to notify parents or legal guardians.
A. The board of education of each school district in this state may adopt a policy regarding suicide awareness and training and the reporting of student drug abuse.
B. The board of education of each school district in this state may provide schoolwide training to all students in grades seven through twelve and staff addressing suicide awareness and prevention. The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall develop and make available to school districts curriculum which addresses suicide awareness and prevention, without cost to the school districts. The course outline for the curriculum shall be made available to the public online through the school district website. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, every school district may:
- Provide a suicide prevention training program which includes as a core element research-based approaches and that is developed by the school district;
- Provide the curriculum made available by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; or
- Provide a suicide prevention training program that is selected by the school district from a list maintained by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to students and school district staff that addresses suicide awareness and prevention. The training program may be combined with any other training provided by the school district addressing bullying prevention.
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