SB18-272 (Martinez Humenik & Todd) Crisis and Suicide Prevention Training Grant Program
The bill creates a $400,000 grant program for schools to provide crises and suicide prevention training for staff. Also, it requires the Office of Suicide Prevention and the School Safety Resource Center to collaboratively create training guidelines and support schools with training implementation. Schools must apply for funds and those that have not yet provided such training will receive priority funding.
The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. Suicide is the leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in Colorado. In 2015, nearly one in three Colorado high school students reported experiencing sadness or hopelessness that impacted their usual activities for at least two weeks—a hallmark symptom of clinical depression. We believe that all staff and faculty should be equipped with the appropriate skills and resources to identify and address these feelings of hopeless before it is too late.
Passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 53-12 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature
April 27, 2018
Passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on a bipartisan vote of 4-1 and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee