Directs the commissioner of education to develop and conduct programs designed to prevent suicide among youths.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to directing the commissioner of education to develop and conduct programs designed to prevent suicide among youths
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Allows the commissioner of the Department of Education to link from the DOE website, teen suicide training programs on the office of mental health website. Faculty in both public and private school would be alerted to this information every year if they wanted to conduct programs or disseminate the information to students.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 305 of education law amended with new subdivision 42; the commissioner, in consultation with the office of mental health, shall link the website of the Department of Education to the office of mental ·health regarding the prevention of suicide of youths. This information would be available to staffs of all public and private schools that have regular contact with students.
The Commissioner shall annually direct each school board of a public school or governing body of a private school to direct staff of the resources available to them.
JUSTIFICATION: Teen suicide is an issue that affects families, friends, schools, and communities. suicides among youth have increased in the beginning of the 21st century and proactive measures must be put in place to prevent these deaths. Teens commit suicide for a myriad of reasons including but not limited to bullying, depression, drug abuse, and problems in an intimate relationship or a family. The lives of young adults must be protected as they will be the future leaders of our communities. Teen suicide prevention will inform the staff of schools that have regular contact with students about the resources available to them from the office of mental health regarding the prevention of suicide.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009/10: S.4028 - Referred to Education.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3015 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 7, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to directing the commis- sioner of education to develop and conduct programs designed to prevent suicide among youths THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 42 to read as follows: 42. A. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, SHALL LINK THE WEBSITE OF THE DEPARTMENT TO AVAILABLE INFORMA- TION ON THE WEBSITE OF THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH REGARDING THE PREVENTION OF SUICIDE OF YOUTHS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF TRAINING PROGRAMS IN THE PREVENTION OF SUICIDE OF YOUTHS FOR USE BY STAFF OF ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS LOCATED IN THIS STATE WHO HAVE REGULAR CONTACT WITH STUDENTS. B. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ANNUALLY DIRECT EACH SCHOOL BOARD OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL OR THE GOVERNING BODY OF A PRIVATE SCHOOL TO INFORM THE STAFF OF SUCH SCHOOLS WHO HAVE REGULAR CONTACT WITH STUDENTS ABOUT THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THEM FROM THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH REGARDING THE PREVENTION OF SUICIDE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00262-02-1