Bill Summary for H 285 (2017-2018)

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Apr 20 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 285 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Intro. by Murphy, Hardister, Dollar, Dobson.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2d edition:

Amends GS 115C-5 to definepublic school unit to include local school administrative units, charter schools, or regional schools.

Amends proposed GS 115C-375.10 (Youth suicide awareness and prevention training and risk referral protocol for school personnel). Provisions that previously applied to local school administrative units now apply to public school units, as defined. Lists fourteen classes of school personnel that must receive the youth suicide awareness and prevention training program, including teachers, bus drivers, and athletic coaches, and deletes the definition of school personnel. Provides that any mental health training requirements established by the State Board of Education must be partially fulfilled by the training program. Requires school employees (was, school personnel) that work directly with students in grades six through 12 to receive the training within 12 months of employment, and every two years thereafter (was, every five years thereafter). Authorizes training to be conducted electronically, through videoconferencing, or through individual programs of study of designated materials. Directs public school units to provide the training program and model risk referral protocol developed by the State Board of Education, or a locally developed plan that meets listed requirements. The listed requirements are substantively the same as in the 2nd edition, except that the conveyed information must include "protective factors for prevention of suicide" instead of "methods and factors to prevent suicide." Amends the reporting requirements for public school units, deleting the language referring to the Healthy Active Children Policy survey, and to require reporting on prevention activities rather than risk referral protocols. Deletes the provision requiring the Department of Public Instruction to compile and submit these reports to General Assembly committees. Provides that there is no obligation or responsibility of public school units to provide referral, treatment, follow-up, or other services related to identification of students at risk of suicide and suicide prevention procedures beyond what may be required by other state or federal law. Provides that this statute does not impose a specific duty or standard of care.

Deletes proposed amendment to GS 115C-218.75 (regarding charter schools).

Amends GS 115C-218.75, GS 115C-238-66, and GS 116-239.8 to require charter schools, regional schools, and lab schools to comply with new GS 115C-375.10.