Governor to Sign Five Ceremonial Suicide Prevention Bills

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Governor to Sign Five Ceremonial Suicide Prevention Bills

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – May 9, 2015 (Gerhardt Daily) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert will ceremonially sign five bills addressing suicide prevention by increasing suicide prevention education, providing additional reporting efforts through the state’s suicide prevention plan and expanding a comprehensive crisis response service statewide, on Monday.

The governor will sign the following bills:

  • HB 209, Suicide Prevention Program Amendments. This bill requires certain professions to include suicide prevention training through continuing education requirements.

  • HB 128, Maintenance of School Records. This bill simplifies school record keeping related to suicide or bullying incident reports and allows expungement of those records by the student after graduation.

  • HJR 12, Joint Resolution on Homeless and Runaway Youth. This bill recognizes the month of Nov. as homeless and runaway youth month. It also encourages continued efforts through public and private partnerships to prevent homelessness among children and teens.

  • HB 364, Suicide Prevention Amendments. This bill provides additional reporting measures to the state’s suicide prevention plan including expanding the role of the state suicide prevention coordinator and appropriates funds to the program.

  • SB 175, School Safety and Crisis Line. This bill continues an existing comprehensive crisis response service commissioned by the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) and expands the service state wide. It also allows UNI to add texting capabilities to their service.


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