SB282 (2019) Detail

Relative to suicide prevention education in schools.




03/14/2019   0821s

23May2019... 1845h







AN ACT relative to suicide prevention education in schools.


SPONSORS: Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Chandley, Dist 11; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Dietsch, Dist 9; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Levesque, Dist 12; Sen. Morgan, Dist 23; Sen. Morse, Dist 22; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Ward, Dist 8; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Rep. M. Smith, Straf. 6; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8; Rep. Danielson, Hills. 7; Rep. Hennessey, Graf. 1


COMMITTEE: Education and Workforce Development






This bill requires school districts and chartered public schools to:


I.  Develop a policy for preventing, assessing the risk of, and responding to student suicide.


II.  Provide training for faculty, staff, and designated school volunteers on suicide prevention.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/14/2019   0821s

23May2019... 1845h 19-1021





In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen


AN ACT relative to suicide prevention education in schools.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


315:1  New Chapter; Suicide Prevention Education.  Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 193-I the following new chapter:



193-J:1  Legislative Purpose.  The general court finds that:

I.  Suicide cuts across ethnic, economic, social, and age boundaries and has a tremendous and traumatic impact on surviving family members, friends, and the community at-large.

II.  After unintentional injury, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 and 24.  At a time when unintentional injuries have been on the decline, suicides have increased.

III.  In 2008, the state board of education, under RSA 186:11, was charged with providing “information about youth suicide prevention to all public and private schools to facilitate the delivery of appropriate courses and programs.”

IV.  The legislature recognizes that suicide is a complex issue that requires school, family, and community resources to be harnessed for appropriate and timely help to be available to New Hampshire students in order to prevent suicide.

V.  The purpose of this chapter is to reduce the number of suicides in our school population by ensuring that suicide prevention education and training is available to school personnel and to students and their parents using age-appropriate and evidence-based materials.

193-J:2  Suicide Prevention Education.

I.  Each school district and chartered public school shall develop a policy that guides the development and implementation of a coordinated plan to prevent, assess the risk of, intervene in, and respond to suicide.  The policy shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following provisions:

(a)  Training school faculty and staff, including contracted personnel and designated school volunteers, in youth suicide risk factors, warning signs, protective factors, response procedures, referrals, post-intervention, and resources available within the school and community consistent with the provisions of paragraph II.

(b)  Educating students in the importance of safe and healthy choices and coping strategies, recognizing risk factors and warning signs of mental disorders and suicide in oneself and others, and providing help-seeking strategies for oneself or others, including how to engage school resources and refer friends for help.

(c)  Identifying within the school the person or persons who serve as the point of contact when a student is believed to be at an elevated risk for suicide.

(d)  Making referral, crisis intervention, and other related information, both within the school and the community, available for students, parents, faculty, staff, and school volunteers.

(e)  Promoting cooperative efforts between school districts, chartered public schools, and community suicide prevention program personnel.

II.  Each school district and chartered public school shall, within 9 months of the effective date of this chapter, require all school faculty and staff, including contracted personnel, to receive at least 2 hours of training in suicide awareness and prevention annually.  Such training may include, but not be limited to, youth suicide risk factors, warning signs, protective factors, response procedures, referrals, post-intervention, and resources available within the school and community.  The training may be accomplished within the framework of existing in-service training programs or offered as part of ongoing professional development activities.  School districts and chartered public schools shall allow the use of self-training materials in fulfilling the annual training requirements of this paragraph and each school district and chartered public school may determine how to both administer the annual training requirements and ensure that such training requirements are met.  This paragraph may apply to all or some school volunteers in accordance with school district policy.

III.  School suicide prevention policies required under paragraph I and the training required under paragraph II shall be evidence-informed.

IV.  Nothing in this chapter shall require the inclusion of any specific curriculum, textbook, or other material designed to address the topic of suicide in any program or activity conducted by a school district or chartered public school.

193-J:3  Immunity.  Nothing in this chapter shall create a private right of action against any school administrative unit, school district, public academy, chartered public school, the state, or any employee, contractor, subcontractor, or agent thereof.  A school administrative unit employee, school employee, chartered public school employee, public academy employee, regular school volunteer, pupil, parent, legal guardian, or employee of a company under contract to a school, school district, school administrative unit, or chartered public school, shall be immune from civil liability for conduct arising from or related to the implementation of, or failure to adequately implement, this chapter.

315:2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.


Approved: August 02, 2019

Effective Date: July 01, 2020




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SB282 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 5, 2019 Senate Hearing
March 14, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
April 3, 2019 House Hearing
April 9, 2019 House Hearing
May 7, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
May 23, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB282 Revision: 6677 Date: Dec. 4, 2019, 9:27 a.m.
SB282 Revision: 6286 Date: June 13, 2019, 1:46 p.m.
SB282 Revision: 6050 Date: June 11, 2019, 5:02 p.m.
SB282 Revision: 5532 Date: March 21, 2019, 10:40 a.m.
SB282 Revision: 5279 Date: Feb. 6, 2019, 5:56 p.m.


Aug. 2, 2019: Signed by the Governor on 08/02/2019; Chapter 315; Effective 07/01/2020

June 27, 2019: Enrolled (In recess 06/27/2019); SJ 21

June 27, 2019: Enrolled 06/27/2019 HJ 20 P. 53

June 13, 2019: Sen. Kahn Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, MA, VV; 06/13/2019; SJ 20

May 23, 2019: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1845h: MA VV 05/23/2019 HJ 16 P. 13

May 23, 2019: Amendment # 2019-1845h: AA VV 05/23/2019 HJ 16 P. 13

: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1845h (Vote 17-0; CC)

May 23, 2019: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1845h for 05/23/2019 (Vote 17-0; CC) HC 25 P. 4

May 7, 2019: Executive Session: 05/07/2019 10:00 am LOB 207

April 9, 2019: ==CONTINUED== Public Hearing: 04/09/2019 01:30 pm LOB 207

April 3, 2019: ==RECESSED== Public Hearing: 04/03/2019 01:30 pm LOB 207

March 20, 2019: Introduced 03/20/2019 and referred to Education HJ 11 P. 71

March 14, 2019: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0821s, RC 24Y-0N, MA; OT3rdg; 03/14/2019; SJ 8

March 14, 2019: Committee Amendment # 2019-0821s, AA, VV; 03/14/2019; SJ 8

March 14, 2019: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0821s, 03/14/2019; SC 13

March 5, 2019: Hearing: 03/05/2019, Room 103, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 12

Jan. 3, 2019: Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Education and Workforce Development; SJ 4