Suicide Prevention Bill Advancing in Lincoln
By Ashlee Pitzl. CREATED Mar 25, 2014
Lincoln (KMTV) - A bill that would require suicide awareness and prevention training for Nebraska public-school employees has won initial approval in the Legislature.
Senators voted 29-0 on Tuesday to advance the measure. It would require at least one hour of training for school nurses, teachers, counselors, psychologists, administrators, social workers and other personnel.
It also would create a state-level school security director. The director within the Department of Education would provide guidance and support to local school districts. Districts would have to provide the director with school safety plans.
The bill combines proposals by Sens. Amanda McGill of Lincoln and Rick Kolowski of Omaha.