New Jersey - Professional Development for Suicide Prevention: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
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State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth suicide prevention.

New Jersey Revised Statutes 18A:6-112 Instruction in suicide prevention for public school teaching staff.

  1. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council established in the Department of Children and Families pursuant to P.L.2003, c.214 (C.30:9A-22 et seq.), shall, as part of the professional development requirement established by the State board for public school teaching staff members, require each public school teaching staff member to complete at least two hours of instruction in suicide prevention, to be provided by a licensed health care professional with training and experience in mental health issues, in each professional development period. The instruction in suicide prevention shall include information on the relationship between the risk of suicide and incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying and information on reducing the risk of suicide in students who are members of communities identified as having members at high risk of suicide.
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