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Recent Developments and Legislation: 
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. 


2010 --
SB 65 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 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.
New efforts have been launched to provide clinician training in the assessment, management, and treatment of suicidal clients; workshops offered include 'Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk', 'Working with the Suicidal Client', and 'Evidence-based Care for the Client At-risk for Suicide'; 300 clinicians have been trained since March 2008.
KSPG, in connection with the state Garrett Lee Smith grant, is developing a means restriction training program to be piloted and utilized in emergency departments as an increased safety measure for at-risk adolescents.
2004 --
On April 22, Governor Ernie Fletcher signed the resolution recognizing the suicide prevention efforts of the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group.
2000 -- House Bill 843
was enacted establishing a commission to address the need for a comprehensive state plan to serve Kentuckians who suffer from mental illness, a substance abuse disorder, or both.
For current information about the activities and goals of Kentucky's state suicide prevention coalition, please visit the website of the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group (KSPG).
Preparations for 2008 National Suicide Prevention Week are underway, including development a statewide social marketing campaign, centered around the theme of "Let's Talk"; a suicide prevention video that documents the impact of suicide; intensive QPR training from Kentucky's approximately 195 QPR trainers; and local community efforts around the state.
KSPG is working to further promote local suicide prevention coalition development, building on the existing seven coalitions in the state, with the ultimate goal to have an active coalition in each of Kentucky's 14 mental health regions. The most recent coalition building has occurred in Bullitt County, with a first meeting in May 2008.