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  • NJ A313
  • Requires certain additional school district personnel to complete training program on suicide prevention.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
Under current law, public school teaching staff members receive instruction in suicide prevention as part of their professional development requirements. This bill provides that a school district employee who is not subject to the current professional development requirement and an employee of a contracted service provider, who have regular and direct contact with students as determined by the board of education, will be required to complete a one-time training program in suicide prevention, awareness, and response developed or identified by the Department of Education. The bill also directs the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Human Services, the New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, suicide prevention experts, and interested stakeholders in the education community to: 1) develop or identify training programs on suicide prevention, awareness, and response that persons subject to the bill's training requirements may access and complete free of charge; and 2) develop an educational fact sheet on suicide prevention, awareness, and response. The educational fact sheet will be made available on the department's website and distributed at no charge to all school districts. Under the bill's provisions, each school district and contracted service provider is to annually provide to its employees the educational fact sheet and guidelines on the school district's reporting and suicide prevention, awareness, and response protocols, including contact information for each school's designated staff who should be notified whenever an employee believes a student may be at risk for suicide. The bill specifies that a person will not have a cause of action for any loss or damage caused by any act or omission resulting from the implementation of the bill's provisions.
Education, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee  (on 6/30/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (78-0-1)
6/20/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/20/2016 Assembly Education Hearing (10:00 6/20/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 78 0 2
Detail 6/20/2016 Assembly Education Committee: Reported Favorably 9 0 2