In July, 2015 Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that impacts suicide prevention on campuses across the state. House Bill 28 (Anielski, R-Walton Hills,) requires public institutions of higher education to develop and implement a policy to advise students and staff on suicide prevention programs available on and off campus.
The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program provided input into the bill’s provisions with many of the bill’s features currently in place at our campuses. Members of our program, including Dr. Darcy Haag Granello, and Mr. Matthew Fullen, are currently serving on the state’s Suicide Prevention Evidence-Based Practices Workgroup, which is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and tasked with providing recommendations and technical support as colleges and universities plan to comply with the law.
Beginning in October 2016, all public institutions of higher education (IHEs) in Ohio are required to provide:
(1) Crisis intervention access;
(2) Mental health program access;
(3) Multimedia application access;
(4) Student communication plans; and
(5) Postvention plans
This bill follows a similar bill (http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3319.073) requiring all public primary educational institutions to train employees on suicide awareness and prevention.
To learn more about OSU Suicide Prevention’s leadership on House Bill 28, or to request consultation related to House Bill 28 compliance, please contact Matthew Fullen, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org