SB 197: "An Act relating to mental health education."

00 SENATE BILL NO. 197 01 "An Act relating to mental health education." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 04 to read: 05 LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the legislature that the Board of Education 06 and Early Development develop guidelines for instruction in mental health in consultation 07 with representatives of mental health organizations, including the National Council for 08 Behavioral Health, Providence Health and Services Alaska, the Southcentral Foundation, 09 Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Inc., the North Star Behavioral Health 10 System, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Alaska. 11 * Sec. 2. AS 14.30.360(a) is amended to read: 12 (a) Each district in the state public school system shall be encouraged to 13 initiate and conduct a program in health education for kindergarten through grade 12. 14 The program should include instruction in [PHYSICAL] health and personal safety, 15 including alcohol and drug abuse education, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),

01 early cancer prevention and detection, dental health, family health including infant 02 care, environmental health, mental health, the identification and prevention of child 03 abuse, child abduction, neglect, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, and appropriate 04 use of health services. 05 * Sec. 3. AS 14.30.360(b) is amended to read: 06 (b) The state board shall establish guidelines for a health and personal safety 07 education program. Health guidelines must provide standards for instruction in 08 mental health and shall be developed in consultation with the Department of 09 Health and Social Services and representatives of national and state mental 10 health organizations. Personal safety guidelines shall be developed in consultation 11 with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Upon request, the 12 Department of Education and Early Development, the Department of Health and 13 Social Services, and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault shall 14 provide technical assistance to school districts in the development of personal safety 15 curricula. A school health education specialist position shall be established and funded 16 in the department to coordinate the program statewide. Adequate funds to enable 17 curriculum and resource development, adequate consultation to school districts, and a 18 program of teacher training in health and personal safety education shall be provided.