(April 2016)

Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention Policy

105 ILCS 5/2-3.163, amended by P.A. 99-443 requires a suicide awareness and prevention policy. This law requires ISBE to create a working group to develop a model policy. The working group has determined that IASB’s PRESS policy 7:290, Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention will be the model policy, and any school district who requests a copy will receive it gratis. The ISBE working group will use PRESS policy 7:290, Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention to develop guidelines for implementing the policy, along with resources and other materials to assist school districts with the implementation of the policy. For legal advice or a legal opinion on a specific question about this law and the policy, consult a lawyer.

For policy-specific questions or to request a copy of the model youth suicide awareness and prevention policy, contact Brian Zumpf by email at bzumpf@iasb.com with the subject line: Suicide Awareness & Prevention Policy Request.

IASB wishes to thank and acknowledge the IASB PRESS Advisory Board who reviewed the PRESS sample policy.