State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth suicide prevention.
Oregon Revised Statutes 339.341 Statewide School Safety and Prevention System; rules
(b) Assistance to school districts and education service districts in decreasing youth suicidal behavior through the implementation of effective prevention programs and student wellness programs that focus on early identification and intervention by school safety and prevention specialists, as described in subsection (4) of this section, who:
- (A) Provide training, outreach and technical assistance related to youth suicidal behavior prevention and wellness;
- (B) Support coordination between schools and health agencies, including public and private behavioral health providers; and
- (C) Support school districts and education service districts in the establishment of suicidal behavior prevention programs.
Oregon Revised Statutes 339.343 Comprehensive district plans on student suicide prevention; rules
(1) This section shall be known and may be cited as Adi’s Act. (2) In accordance with rules adopted by the State Board of Education in consultation with the Oregon Health Authority, each school district shall adopt a policy requiring a comprehensive district plan on student suicide prevention for students in kindergarten through grade 12. (3) A plan required under this section must include: (e) A description of, and materials for, any training to be provided to school employees as part of the plan, which must include:
- (A) When and how to refer youth and their families to appropriate mental health services; and
- (B) Programs that can be completed through self-review of suitable suicide prevention materials
Oregon Schools Suicide Protocol Toolkit
This toolkit provides guidelines for how schools should train staff for early intervention, identification, and intervention of students at risk for suicide.