State law encourages districts to adopt suicide prevention policies.
Counselor Process for Responding to Suicide Ideation
Document addresses counselor process for responding to suicide ideation.
Oklahoma Statutes 43A-12-104. Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council
A. There is hereby created until January 1, 2020, an Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council. The Council shall assist with the implementation of the Suicide Prevention Act. B. The Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council shall be composed of twenty-seven (27) members as follows:
- One member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
- One member of the Oklahoma State Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;
- Two representatives of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services appointed by the Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services;
- Two representatives of the State Department of Health appointed by the State Commissioner of Health;
- One representative of the State Department of Education appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction;
- One representative of the Office of Juvenile Affairs appointed by the Director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs;
- One representative of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth appointed by the Director of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth;
- Two survivors of attempted suicide, one of whom is a minor, who have had experience with attempted suicide or suicide; the minor shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the adult shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
- Two survivors of suicide, including, but not limited to, parents or other family members of persons who committed suicide, to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;
- One teacher and one school counselor each to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
- Three licensed mental health professionals who work in the area of suicide prevention, one with the youth population, one with the adult population, and one with the older adult population appointed by the Governor;
- Three members of the clergy, one each appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Governor;
- Two members representing military service members, to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;
- Two members representing Native American/Tribal members, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and
- Two members representing the medical community, including but not limited to licensed medical providers or hospital administrators, to be appointed by the Governor. C. The Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, or a designee, shall convene the initial meeting of the Council, at which time the Council shall elect a chair and vice-chair from among its membership. Staff assistance to the Council shall be provided by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the State Department of Health. Members of the Council shall receive no compensation for their service on the Council but shall be reimbursed by the appointing authority for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to the State Travel Reimbursement Act. D. Upon four absences of a Council member within one (1) calendar year, the position shall be considered vacant. The chair may notify the appointing authority of the vacancy and request that another individual be appointed to fill the position. E. The responsibilities of the Council shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Collaborate with community partnership boards established pursuant to Section 601.11 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes and other community-level planning bodies to assist in the development and coordination of local resources and building community capacity to address the issue of minor and adult suicide;
- Provide technical assistance to schools and communities with respect to the best practices in the identification and treatment of minors and adults at risk for suicide;
- Identify systemic issues and promote strategies to prevent suicide among minors and adults; and
- Promote public awareness of the problem of minor suicide and the efforts being made in Oklahoma to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with suicide. F. The Council shall submit a report to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the State Commissioner of Health no later than December 1 of each year. The report shall provide an update of activities and progress in implementing the provisions of the Suicide Prevention Act, and offer policy and legislative recommendations.
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.
Oklahoma Strategy for Suicide Prevention
Strategy addresses objectives to increase the proportion of school districts, private school associations, and tribal schools, with evidence-based strategies designed to address serious childhood and adolescent distress to prevent suicide; develop and disseminate guidelines for schools on appropriate linkages with mental health and substance abuse treatment services and implement those guidelines in a proportion of school districts; and increase the number of school districts that have a formalized relationship with mental health and substance abuse providers.
Parent Notification of Emergency Conference
Parent notification form in case of student identified as at risk for suicide or self-harm.
Safety Threat Assessment
Document provides tool for educators to identify warning signs of students at risk of suicide.
SUICIDE INFORMATION SHEET
Document provides guidance for educators to recognize if a person is suicidal and proper response protocols.