State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to support implementation of counseling, psychological, and social services.
New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 186:11 Duties of State Board of Education.
The state board of education shall, in addition to the duties assigned by RSA 21-N:11: IX. Instruction as to Child Abuse Prevention, Youth Suicide Prevention, Intoxicants, Drugs, Hiv/Aids, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. (d) Provide information about youth suicide prevention to all public and private schools to facilitate the delivery of appropriate courses and programs.
New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 193-E:6 Commission Established.
I. There is established a commission to develop and promote mental health curriculum and behavioral health and wellness education programs in kindergarten through grade 12. II. The members of the commission shall be as follows: (a) Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives. (b) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate. (c) One teacher of health or related subjects, appointed by the governor. (d) One member of the New Hampshire School Boards Association, appointed by the association. (e) One member of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, appointed by the association. (f) One member of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, appointed by the association. (g) One member of the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators, appointed by the association. (h) One member of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, appointed by the association. (i) One member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association, appointed by the association. (j) One member of the Institute on Disability of the university of New Hampshire, appointed by the institute. (k) One member of the New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports, appointed by the center. (l) One representative of a New Hampshire mental health center, appointed by the governor. (m) One school resource officer, appointed by the governor. (n) One representative of the student assistance program of the department of health and human services, appointed by the commissioner. (o) One school nurse, appointed by the New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association, appointed by the association. (p) One member of the Manchester health department, appointed by the director. (q) One New Hampshire pediatrician, appointed by the New Hampshire Medical Society. (r) One representative of the office of behavioral health, department of health and human services, appointed by the commissioner. (s) One member of NAMI New Hampshire, appointed by the alliance. (t) One member of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, appointed by the foundation. (u) One member of the New Hampshire School Counselor Association, appointed by the association. (v) One staff member of the department of education with expertise in health care, health education, or curriculum development, appointed by the commissioner of education. (w) One teacher of health or related subjects, appointed by NEA-NH. III. The commission shall: (a) Examine the K-12 mental health curriculum and social and emotional learning programs for all grade levels as a way to establish a culture of mental health in schools that adheres to safety protocols, is free of the stigmatization of mental health challenges, and reduces or prevents harm or violence. (b) Determine methods for providing help for students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are experiencing a mental health challenge. (c) Assess possible threats posed by individuals or groups exhibiting warning signs or pre-incident indicators. (d) Review the state’s anti-bullying laws and recommend any needed updates to RSA 193-F. (e) Determine ways to expand community and not-for-profit mental health services. (f) Develop an age-appropriate school outreach program that educates staff and students on reducing the stigma of mental illness and what to do when someone is in crisis. (g) Increase and promote Mental Health First Aid to school staff, students, and families to provide the school community with the resources to effectively manage a mental health incident. (h) Develop a threat assessment task force at the community or district level that engages the local public health network, including an intervention and reporting protocol that evaluates students quickly and efficiently and provides a plan to help appropriately return students to school. (i) Increase and promote evidence-based best practice suicide prevention to ensure assessors use the latest Standard, knowledge, and techniques. (j) Include instruction regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. (k) Determine methodologies for implementing recommendations of the governor’s school safety preparedness task force. (l) Examine and develop methodologies for implementing applicable recommendations of the 2018 10-year mental health plan of the department of health and human services, when completed. IV. The chairperson may assign members to subgroups to accomplish the duties of the commission. V. Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission. VI. The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member. The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section. Fourteen members of the commission shall constitute a quorum. VII. The commission shall submit interim reports of its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on January 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020, and a final report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on November 30, 2020. The reports shall evaluate the implementation of recommendations.
New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 193-J:1. Legislative Purpose.
The general court finds that: I. Suicide cuts across ethnic, economic, social, and age boundaries and has a tremendous and traumatic impact on surviving family members, friends, and the community at-large. II. After unintentional injury, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 and 24. At a time when unintentional injuries have been on the decline, suicides have increased. III. In 2008, the state board of education, under RSA 186:11, was charged with providing “information about youth suicide prevention to all public and private schools to facilitate the delivery of appropriate courses and programs.” IV. The legislature recognizes that suicide is a complex issue that requires school, family, and community resources to be harnessed for appropriate and timely help to be available to New Hampshire students in order to prevent suicide. V. The purpose of this chapter is to reduce the number of suicides in our school population by ensuring that suicide prevention education and training is available to school personnel and to students and their parents using age-appropriate and evidence-based materials.
New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 21-N:6-a. School Nurse Coordinator.
There is established within the division of learner support the position of school nurse coordinator who shall be a classified employee. The school nurse coordinator shall be a licensed RN eligible for New Hampshire school nurse certification under RSA 200:29 and shall be qualified to hold such position by reason of education and experience. The position shall be subject to any other employment requirements as determined by the department. The school nurse coordinator shall coordinate and provide technical assistance to guide school nurses and other school personnel responsible for student health care in the areas of student health and wellness, safety, behavioral and mental health, and alcohol and substance use disorder. The school nurse coordinator shall also be a resource for administrators, educators, families, and policymakers across the state.