(1) A local board of trustees shall establish policies, procedures, or plans related to suicide prevention and response that may include the following recommended elements:

(a) Promotes collaboration with families and with community providers in all aspects of suicide prevention and response;

(b) Implements a prevention and response program that is effective in reaching students, staff, and parents using resources required of the Office of Public Instruction under 20-7-1310, MCA;

(c) Includes high quality intervention services for students;

(d) Promotes interagency cooperation that enables school personnel to identify and access appropriate community resources for use in times of crisis;

(e) Includes reintegration of youth into a school following a crisis, hospitalization, or residential treatment;

(f) Provides for leadership, planning, and support for students and school personnel to ensure appropriate responses to attempted or completed suicides; and

(g) Ensures regular evaluation and revision of the policy and procedures.

(2)  The term "response" includes both immediate response and postvention guidelines.


History: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-2-114, MCA; IMP, 20-2-121, MCA; NEW, 2018 MAR p. 1580, Eff. 8/11/18.