Enrolled SB 137: Requiring suicide awareness and prevention training for certain school personnel.
00Enrolled SB 137 01 Requiring suicide awareness and prevention training for certain school personnel. 02 _______________ 03 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 04 to read: 05 SHORT TITLE. This Act may be known as the Jason Flatt Act. 06 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 07 read: 08 LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the legislature that training under this Act 09 be provided without the need for appropriation of additional state funding for that purpose. 10 * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 11 read: 12 MANDATORY YOUTH SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION 13 TRAINING; IMMUNITY. (a) A school district, regional educational attendance area, and the
01 department shall annually provide youth suicide awareness and prevention training approved 02 by the commissioner to each teacher, administrator, counselor, and specialist who is employed 03 by the district, regional educational attendance area, or department to provide services to 04 students in grades seven through 12 in a public school in the state at no cost to the teacher, 05 administrator, counselor, or specialist. 06 (b) The commissioner shall approve youth suicide awareness and prevention training 07 provided under this section if the training is not less than two hours each year, meets 08 standards for professional continuing education credit in the state, and is periodically 09 reviewed by a qualified person or committee for consistency with generally accepted 10 principles of youth suicide awareness and prevention. The training may be offered through 11 videoconferencing or an individual program of study of designated materials. 12 (c) A person may not bring a civil action for damages against the state or a school 13 district, or an officer, agent, or employee of the state or a school district, for a death, personal 14 injury, or property damage that results from an act or omission in performing or failing to 15 perform activities or duties authorized under this section. This subsection does not apply to a 16 civil action for damages as a result of intentional misconduct with complete disregard for the 17 safety and property of others. In this subsection, "school district" has the meaning given 18 "district" in AS 14.17.990. 19 (d) The training provided or the failure to provide training under this section may not 20 be construed to impose a specific duty of care on any person. 21 * Sec. 4. This Act is repealed July 1, 2016.