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TN State Law on Suicide Prevention in Higher Education

Public Chapter No. 455 amends Title 49, Chapter 7 of Tennessee Code Annotated to add new section, with the language included at this link:  https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/111/pub/pc0455.pdf.  This new section is effective July 1, 2019.

The new section requires institutions of higher education to develop and implement a suicide prevention plan for students, faculty, and staff, and to provide the suicide prevention plan to students, faculty, and staff at least one time each semester.  The language of the new section is as follows: 

(a) Each state institution of higher education shall develop and implement a suicide prevention plan for students, faculty, and staff. The plan must be developed in consultation with campus mental health professionals and suicide prevention experts. The plan must identify procedures related to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

(b) Each state institution of higher education may seek assistance in developing a suicide prevention plan from an organization that engages in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention, such as the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network or a successor  organization, and may seek information from such an organization for information on the development of training programs pursuant to § 63-1-125(c)(1).

(c) Each state institution of higher education shall provide the suicide prevention plan to students, faculty, and staff at least one (1) time each semester.