Kentucky Suicide Prevention Legislation

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2013 – SB 72 – D. Seum, W. Blevins Jr., R. Webb
AN ACT relating to suicide prevention training. Creates a new section of KRS Chapter 210 to establish mandatory training requirements for social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, fee-based pastoral counselors, alcohol and drug counselors, psychologists, and occupational therapists in suicide assessment, treatment, and management; define terms; permit training to count toward continuing education requirements; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to develop a model list of training programs and report the list to the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare; require the respective professional boards to promulgate administrative regulations to implement training requirements; exempt employees of state government, local government, state hospitals, community mental health centers, and agencies operating alcohol and drug abuse programs from the training requirement if they receive comparable training.

Kentucky Governor Signs SB 72 into law. Jan Ulrich, Billy & Paula Rymer, Governor Steve Beshear, Senator Dan Seum, Stephen Ulrich

2010 – SB 65 – D. Seum, J. Westwood
AN ACT relating to suicide prevention training. Amend KRS 158.070 to require principals, guidance counselors, and teachers to complete a minimum of two hours of instruction in suicide prevention each school year. SFA (1, W. Blevins Jr.) – Amend KRS 161.011 to permit suicide prevention training for classified employees to be accomplished through self-review of suicide prevention materials. HCS – Require 2 hours self-study of suicide prevention techniques in addition to the required 4 days of professional development for high school and middle school professionals.


2010 – HB 51/FN – L. Belcher, T. Riner, D. Horlander, B. Montell, R. Nelson, R. Palumbo, J. Tilley, D. Watkins, B. Yonts
AN ACT relating to suicide prevention training. Amend KRS 156.095 to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to post suicide prevention awareness and training information on its Web page by August 1, 2010; require every public middle and high school administrator to disseminate suicide prevention awareness information to all middle and high school students by September 1, 2010, and September 1 of each year thereafter.


2000 – HB 843/FN – M. Marzian, B. Yonts, B. Colter, D. Horlander, S. Johns, E. Jordan, K. Stein
AN ACT relating to mental health and substance abuse and declaring an emergency. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 210 to establish commission on mental illness, alcohol and other drug abuse disorders, and dual diagnosis; specify membership of commission; require a statewide report including the findings and recommendations of regional councils; require report to Governor and General Assembly; provide that the commission sunset in 4 years unless otherwise approved by General Assembly; create regional planning councils through the regional mental health and mental retardation boards; specify members; specify duties of regional councils; require regional councils to submit reports to the commission; provide that the regional councils sunset in 4 years unless otherwise authorized by the General Assembly; appropriation of $155,000 in fiscal year 2000-2001 and $155,000 in fiscal year 2001-2002; EMERGENCY.