Requires the office of mental health to develop educational materials for educators regarding suicide prevention.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to require the office of mental health to develop educational materials for educators regarding suicide prevention
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to provide information from the Office of Mental Health (OMH) on depression and suicide prevention to educators.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would require the commissioner of the Office of Mental Health (OMH) to consult with the commissioner of the Department of Education on the distribution of educational materials, in electronic or other format, to be used by educators on suicide prevention measures, and signs of depression in youth.
Section 2 of the bill provides a date of enactment.
The 2009 Center for Disease Control and Prevention survey of high school students found that one out of every nine Hispanic female teens attempted suicide in the U.S. that year. The survey found that in New York City the percentage was even higher at 15 percent. With increased awareness on the importance of early intervention and treatment of mental illness, it is crucial that individuals who work with adolescents are correctly informed on various symptoms of mental illness.
Since youth spend a vast majority of their time in an educational environment, it is important that educators and staff members are aware of the mental well-being of students. This bill would provide resources to education staff on appropriate courses of action once a youth is identified as depressed or at risk of suicide and would ensure that all information be culturally competent.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011/12 - A5167 - Reported to Ways and Means, Third Reading Calendar
To be determined.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6864 IN SENATE March 20, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental Disabilities AN ACT to require the office of mental health to develop educational materials for educators regarding suicide prevention THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The commissioner of the office of mental health, in consul- tation with the commissioner of the department of education, shall provide and publish, in electronic or other format, educational materi- als for educators regarding suicide prevention measures and signs of depression among youth. Such educational materials shall include, but not be limited to, information regarding symptoms of depression, how depression manifests itself in different cultures, warning signs of suicide, actions to take once a youth is identified as at risk of suicide, and a list of educational websites regarding suicide and youth. Such educational materials shall be made available to educators through the official website of the office of mental health and by any other means deemed appropriate by the commissioner of the office of mental health within ninety days of the effective date of this act. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09611-01-3