• Summary date: Feb 11 2015 - More information

    Includes several whereas clauses concerning suicide among minors and veterans in North Carolina.

    Provides that the intent of the General Assembly is to prevent as many suicides as possible, particularly among minors and veterans, by enacting legislation that (1) requires health care providers to complete training in best practices for suicide assessment, treatments, and management as part of continuing education and (2) implementing training in best practices for other adults who are regularly in contact with people at risk for suicide to recognize factors that may indicate thoughts of suicide.

    Authorizes the Legislative Research Commission to study the role of health care providers and other key gatekeepers in suicide prevention among minors and veterans. Sets out seven areas that the commission should examine, including the feasibility and effectiveness of providing training to school, clergy, and law enforcement personnel on recognizing at-risk behavior and the categories of licensed health care providers that should be required to complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management as part of continuing education requirements.

    Allows an interim report on the study to be submitted to the 2015 General Assembly when it reconvenes in 2016 and requires the final report to be submitted to the 2017 General Assembly when it convenes.

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