NC Suicide Prevention Resolution

I hope you will join HopeLine as we show our support for a landmark legislation of suicide prevention in North Carolina.  On Wednesday July, 2 The Suicide Prevention Resolution will be heard in the House Chamber in Raleigh. The HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1262, Suicide Prevention Resolution, will authorize the Legislative Research Commission to study the role of health care providers and other key gatekeepers in suicide prevention, particularly among minors and veterans, and report to the 2015 General Assembly when it convenes. The study would examine at least the following:

  • The effect of evidence-based suicide assessment, treatment, and management training on the ability of a licensed health care provider to identify, refer, treat, and manage patients with suicidal ideation. The Commission would:
    • Review available research and literature regarding the relationship between completion of the training and patient suicide rates;
    • Assess which licensed health care providers are best situated to positively influence the mental health behavior of individuals with suicidal ideation;
    • Evaluate the impact of suicide assessment, treatment, and management training on veterans with suicidal ideation; and
    • Review curricula of health care profession programs offered at the State institutions of higher education regarding suicide prevention;
  • The categories of licensed health care providers in this State that should be required to complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management as part of their continuing education requirements;
  • For each category of health care providers identified above, (i) the minimum number of required hours and the specific elements of any suicide prevention training that would be beneficial and (ii) any recommended exemptions from the proposed minimum training requirements;
  • The feasibility and effectiveness of providing training to school personnel, clergy, and law enforcement personnel on how to recognize at-risk behavior and how to make appropriate referrals for treatment; and
  • Any other issues the Commission deems necessary to complete its report.

The resolution states that it is the General Assembly’s intent in enacting this legislation to prevent as many suicides in this State as possible, particularly among minors and veterans by: (i) requiring health care providers to complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management as part of their continuing education requirements; and (ii) implementing training for other adults who are regularly in contact with people at risk for suicide to recognize factors that may indicate thoughts of suicide. The resolution would not expand or limit the existing scope of practice of health care providers that complete this type of training.

HopeLine wants to show our support for the States decision and the representative’s that helped introduce it:  Representatives Cunningham, Earle, Whitmire, and Horn. If you not able to join us on Wednesday, July 2nd to show your support, consider reaching out to our representative who have helped bring this legislation to life:
Carla Cunningham
Carla.Cunningham@ncleg.net
Mailing Address: NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1109
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
Beverly Earle

Beverly.Earle@ncleg.net
Legislative Mailing Address: NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 514
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Chris Whitmire

Chris.Whitmire@ncleg.net
Legislative Mailing Address: NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 537
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Craig Horn

Craig.Horn@ncleg.net
Legislative Mailing Address: NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 419A
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

 

We hope to see you there!!        

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