SENATE BILL No. 41

 

 

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

 

the following:

 

     (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.