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A03210 Summary:

BILL NOA03210A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05860-A
 
SPONSOROrtiz
 
COSPNSRAbinanti, Weprin, Jenne, Jaffee, Skoufis, Stirpe, O'Donnell, Sepulveda, Galef, Blake, McDonald, Buchwald
 
MLTSPNSRBarclay
 
 
Requires the office of mental health to develop educational materials for educators regarding suicide prevention.
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A03210 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3210A
 
SPONSOR: Ortiz (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to require the office of mental health to develop educational materials for educators regarding suicide prevention   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to provide information from the Office of Mental Health (OMH) on depression and suicide prevention to educators affiliated with any New York State university, community college, or city university.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill would require the commissioner of the Office of Mental Health (OMH) to consult with the commissioner of the Department of Education on the distribution of educational materials, in electronic or other format, to be used by educators on suicide prevention measures, and signs of depression from students attending any New York State university, community college, or city university.   JUSTIFICATION: Suicide can have a tremendous impact on colleges and universities, lead- ing to profound grief among peers, faculty, and staff. Campuses must be prepared to address these consequences. There not only is need for a prevention and intervention program in place, but there must be a post- vention plan in partnership with a behavioral health provider in the community. A postvention is an intervention conducted after a suicide, largely taking the form of support for bereaved family, friends, profes- sionals and peers. Family and friends of the suicide victim may be at increased risk of suicide themselves. With the rise of opioid use and addiction, most commonly found in college age individuals, according to the New England Journal of Medi- cine Many opioid overdose deaths may actually be suicides. A person with opioid abuse issues who is suicidal needs different treatment than one who is not suicidal Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality shows that from 1999 through 2014, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 24%, from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 populations, with the pace of increase greater after 2006. Suicide rates increased from 1999 through 2014 for both males and females and for all ages 10-74. The percent increase in suicide rates for females was greatest for those aged 10-14, and for males, those aged 45-64. The most frequent suicide method in 2014 for males involved the use of firearms (55.4%), while poisoning was the most frequent method for females (34.1%). Percentages of suicides attributable to suffocation increased for both sexes between 1999 and 2014. Suicide is an important public health issue involving psychological, biological, and societal factors. After a period of nearly consistent decline in suicide rates in the United States from 1986 through 1999, suicide rates have increased almost steadily from 1999 through 2014. While suicide among adolescents and young adults is increasing and among the leading causes of death for those demographic groups, suicide among middle-aged adults is also rising.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/12: A. 5167 Advanced to third reading, cal. 550 2013/14: A. 5870 Referred to Mental Health 2015/16: A. 6187 Referred to Mental Health 2017/18: A. 3210-A amended and Referred to Mental Health   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
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A03210 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         3210--A
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 27, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. ORTIZ, ABINANTI, WEPRIN, JENNE, JAFFEE, SKOUFIS,
          STIRPE, O'DONNELL, GALEF, BLAKE, McDONALD -- Multi-Sponsored by --  M.
          of  A.    BARCLAY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Mental
          Health -- recommitted to the Committee on Mental Health in  accordance
          with  Assembly  Rule  3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN ACT to require the office of mental  health  to  develop  educational
          materials for educators regarding suicide prevention
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The commissioner of the office of mental health, in consul-
     2  tation with the commissioner  of  the  department  of  education,  shall
     3  provide  and publish, in electronic or other format, educational materi-
     4  als for any New York state university or community college,  or  a  city
     5  university,   regarding   suicide   prevention  measures  and  signs  of
     6  depression  among  students  attending  such  university  or   community
     7  college, or a city university. Such educational materials shall include,
     8  but not be limited to, information regarding symptoms of depression, how
     9  depression  manifests  itself  in  different  cultures, warning signs of
    10  suicide, actions to take once a student is  identified  as  at  risk  of
    11  suicide,  and  a  list  of  educational  websites  regarding suicide and
    12  students attending a university or college.  Such educational  materials
    13  shall  be  made available to the faculty and staff or any New York state
    14  university or community college, or a city university, through the offi-
    15  cial website of the office of mental  health  and  by  any  other  means
    16  deemed  appropriate  by  the commissioner of the office of mental health
    17  within ninety days of the effective date of this act.
    18    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08209-02-8
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