January 22, 2019, Introduced by Senators SANTANA, GEISS, MCBROOM, ANANICH, MOSS, POLEHANKI, MCMORROW, HERTEL, BRINKS, CHANG, IRWIN, LASATA, BAYER and BULLOCK and referred to the Committee on Education and Career Readiness.
A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled
"The revised school code,"
(MCL 380.1 to 380.1852) by adding section 1526b.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 1526b. (1) Not later than 1 year after the effective date
of the amendatory act that added this section, the department, in
conjunction with the department of health and human services, shall
develop or adopt a professional development course for teachers on
mental health first aid.
(2) The professional development course developed or adopted
under subsection (1) must include instruction on at least both of
(a) Identifying potential risk factors and warning signs for
mental illnesses, including, but not limited to, depression,
anxiety, trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use
disorders, and self-injury.
(b) Strategies for helping an individual experiencing a mental
health crisis, including, but not limited to, assessing risk,
listening respectfully, supporting the individual, and identifying
professional help and other resources for the individual.
(3) The professional development course developed or adopted
under subsection (1) may be counted toward the professional
development required under section 1527.
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days
after the date it is enacted into law.