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Youth Suicide Prevention

Concerning multiple approaches to help prevent youth suicide.
2018 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Health Care & Health Insurance
Public Health

The bill requires the office of suicide prevention (office) in the department of public health and environment (department) to work with appropriate entities to develop and implement a plan to provide access to training programs related to youth suicide prevention for people who regularly interact with youth but who are not in a profession that typically provides such training opportunities, such as camp counselors, recreation center employees, youth group leaders, clergy, and parents. The office is required to approve at least 3 nonprofit organizations statewide to participate in a coordinated program of youth suicide prevention training. Classes and programs offered by the approved nonprofit organizations must be free to the public, and the department shall reimburse the approved nonprofit organization for any direct or indirect costs associated with such classes and programs.

The bill further directs the department to coordinate efforts to create and implement a statewide awareness campaign about suicide and youth suicide prevention, as well as awareness of the suicide prevention hotline. The awareness campaign may include, but is not limited to, the use of written, electronic, radio, and television media.

The age of consent for a minor to seek and obtain outpatient psychotherapy services is lowered from 15 years of age or older to 12 years of age and older. The licensed mental health provider is immune from civil or criminal liability for providing outpatient psychotherapy services unless he or she acts negligently or outside the scope of his or her practice.

The bill clarifies that the age of consent for a minor seeking inpatient psychotherapy or other inpatient mental health services without the consent of a parent or legal guardian remains 15 years of age or older.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


Under Consideration

Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. D. Michaelson Jenet
Sen. D. Coram, Sen. S. Fenberg