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Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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Student suicide prevention and mental health. Requires the division of mental health and addiction of the family and social services administration (division) to: (1) seek to enter into memoranda of understanding with state agencies and health care providers to collect statistical data regarding the number of incidences of suicide or attempted suicide by minor children; and (2) use the data collected to report to the department of education the number of identified incidences of suicide or attempted suicide by minor children that occurred in each Indiana school corporation in the preceding 12 months. Requires the department of education to use Student suicide prevention and mental health. Requires the division of mental health and addiction of the family and social services administration (division) to: (1) seek to enter into memoranda of understanding with state agencies and health care providers to collect statistical data regarding the number of incidences of suicide or attempted suicide by minor children; and (2) use the data collected to report to the department of education the number of identified incidences of suicide or attempted suicide by minor children that occurred in each Indiana school corporation in the preceding 12 months. Requires the department of education to use information to provide targeted mental health and suicide prevention support to a school corporation in which an incidence of suicide or attempted suicide by a minor child has occurred in the preceding 12 months. Provides that the memorandum of understanding required under current law to be entered into between: (1) a school corporation or charter school; and (2) a community mental health center or a certified or licensed mental health provider; must require the community mental health center or mental health provider to provide to the school corporation or charter school a phone number to which a student can send a text message to obtain immediate mental health and suicide prevention support from the community mental health center or mental health provider (text hotline). Provides that the text hotline must be monitored continuously by one or more licensed or certified mental health providers at all times during which classroom instruction is conducted in the school corporation or charter school. Requires a school corporation or charter school to: (1) provide the text hotline number and information regarding the text hotline on the school's Internet web page; and (2) include the text hotline number on student identification cards, on any printed school material disseminated to students, and in any electronic mail message sent by a school employee to a student. ... View more