State law requires districts to adopt suicide prevention policies.
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Utah Administrative Code R277-620-1. Authority and Purpose.
(1) This rule is authorized under:
- (a) Utah Constitution Article X Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board; and
- (b) Section 53E-3-401(4) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities.
(2) The purposes of this rule are:
- (a) to provide for collaboration with the Department of Health and Department of Human Services to establish, oversee, and provide model policies, programs for an LEA and training for parents about youth suicide prevention programs;
- (b) to require an LEA to have and update youth protection policies; and
- (c) to direct an LEA to send notice to parents and protect the confidentiality of the required parent notification record regarding bullying and suicide incidents.
Utah Administrative Code R277-620-3. Youth suicide prevention grants - LEA reporting requirements.
(1) The Superintendent, in collaboration with the Department of Health - State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the State suicide prevention coordinator, shall establish model youth suicide prevention programs for LEAs that include training and resources addressing:
- (a) prevention of youth suicides;
- (b) standard response protocols that utilize trauma informed practices, which may reference the ACES or other empirical data;
- (c) youth suicide intervention; and
- (d) postvention for family, students, and faculty.
(2) Based on legislative appropriation, the Board shall distribute funds to LEAs to support suicide prevention efforts in the school district or charter school.
- (a) An LEA may use the awarded funds to select and implement:
- (i) evidenced-based practices and programs; or
- (ii) emerging best practices and programs.
(3) An LEA shall implement youth suicide prevention programs for students in secondary grades, including grades 7 through 12 and grade 6, if grade 6 is part of a secondary grade model.
(4) An LEA's youth suicide prevention program shall include the components provided in Subsection 53G-9-702(2).
(5) An LEA shall establish a policy governing the required parent notification outlined in Sections 53G-9-604(2) and 53G-9-605(3)(e) and Subsection R277-613-4.
(6) An LEA shall provide necessary reporting information consistent with Subsection 53G-9-702(7) for the Board's report on the coordination of suicide prevention programs and seminar program implementation to the Legislature's Education Interim Committee.
Utah Code 53F-5-206. Grant awards for elementary suicide prevention programs.
(1) To foster suicide prevention, resiliency, and anti-bullying programs in elementary schools, the public education suicide prevention coordinator, described in Section 53G-9-702, shall award grants to elementary schools.
(2) A grant award may not exceed $500 per school per year.
(3) The application for a grant shall contain:
- (a) a requested award amount;
- (b) a budget; and
- (c) a narrative plan of the suicide prevention, resiliency, or anti-bullying program.
(4) When awarding a grant under this section, the public education suicide prevention coordinator shall consider:
- (a) the content of a grant application; and
- (b) whether an application is submitted in the manner and form prescribed.
(5) Each elementary school applicant may select a program, including a peer-to-peer program or a curriculum-based program, that the applicant determines is appropriate for the elementary school.
Utah Code 53G-9-702. Youth suicide prevention programs required in secondary schools -- State Board of Education to develop model programs -- Reporting requirements.
(1) As used in the section:
- (a) “Intervention” means an effort to prevent a student from attempting suicide.
- (b) “Postvention” means mental health intervention after a suicide attempt or death to prevent or contain contagion.
- (c) “Program” means a youth suicide prevention program described in Subsection (2).
- (d) “Public education suicide prevention coordinator” means an individual designated by the state board as described in Subsection (3).
- (e) “Secondary grades”:
- (i) means grades 7 through 12; and
- (ii) if a middle or junior high school includes grade 6, includes grade 6.
- (f) “State suicide prevention coordinator” means the state suicide prevention coordinator described in Section 62A-15-1101.
(2) In collaboration with the public education suicide prevention coordinator, a school district or charter school, in the secondary grades of the school district or charter school, shall implement a youth suicide prevention program, which, in collaboration with the training, programs, and initiatives described in Section 53G-9-607, shall include programs and training to address:
- (a) bullying and cyberbullying, as those terms are defined in Section 53G-9-601;
- (b) prevention of youth suicide;
- (c) increased risk of suicide among youth who are not accepted by family for any reason, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth;
- (d) youth suicide intervention;
- (e) postvention for family, students, and faculty;
- (f) underage drinking of alcohol;
- (g) methods of strengthening the family; and
- (h) methods of strengthening a youth’s relationships in the school and community.
(3) The state board shall:
- (a) designate a public education suicide prevention coordinator; and
- (b) in collaboration with the Department of Heath and the state suicide prevention coordinator, develop model programs to provide to school districts and charter schools:
- (i) program training; and
- (ii) resources regarding the required components described in Subsection (2)(b).
(4) The public education suicide prevention coordinator shall:
- (a) oversee the youth suicide prevention programs of school districts and charter schools;
- (b) coordinate prevention and postvention programs, services, and efforts with the state suicide prevention coordinator; and
- (c) award grants in accordance with Section 53F-5-206.
(5) A public school suicide prevention program may allow school personnel to ask a student questions related to youth suicide prevention, intervention, or postvention.
- (a) Subject to legislative appropriation, the state board may distribute money to a school district or charter school to be used to implement evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs, for preventing suicide in the school district or charter school.
- (b) The state board shall distribute money under Subsection (6)(a) so that each school that enrolls students in grade 7 or a higher grade receives an allocation of at least $1,000.
- (i) A school shall use money allocated to the school under Subsection (6)(b) to implement evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs, for preventing suicide.
- (ii) Each school may select the evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs, for preventing suicide that the school implements.
Utah Suicide Prevention Plan
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