Adi’s Act is one step toward creating an Oregon in which all students know they can reach out for help when they need it–with confidence that the right help and support will be available. Towards this end, the Alliance’s School Committee has prioritized improving best practices in suicide prevention and response in every Oregon school. Before Adi’s Act passed in 2019, Oregon was one of only three states in the country that did not require schools to have a suicide prevention and intervention plan in place.

Adi’s Act will help address this gap by requiring all school districts in Oregon have a model suicide prevention plan. The plan addresses policy and protocols related to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention, and address populations at higher risk for youth suicide—like LGBTQ students.

In 2019, members of the Alliance testified in favor of this bill and the Schools Committee is working with the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority by advising on guidance and implementation efforts to help rollout of this bill be successful. See below for different parts of SB 52.

To see the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for Adi’s Act, go here. The Oregon Revised Statues (ORS) can be found here

 

Parts of Adi’s Act Policies

 

This bill requires each school district to adopt a policy that requires a comprehensive district plan on student suicide prevention for students in grades K – 12.


Procedures

Procedures that relate to suicide prevention, intervention, and activities that reduce risk of suicide attempts and promote healing after a death by suicide.
A procedure that someone can request a school district to review the actions a school takes when responding to suicidal risk.

Staff

Identification of school personnel that are responsible for responding to reports of suicidal risk.
Plans must be written to ensure that school employees only act within their credentials or licenses.

High Risk Youth

Methods to address the needs of groups at a higher risk of suicide attempts. These groups at a higher risk include youth who are grieving a death by suicide; youth with disabilities, mental health diagnoses, or substance use disorders; youth experiencing houselessness or out-of-home settings like foster care; and lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, or other minority gender identities and sexual orientation.

Training

A description and materials for any trainings that will be provided to school employees. These trainings must include: when and how to refer youth and their families to appropriate mental health services; programs that can be completed through self-review of suitable suicide prevention materials; and any other requirement that is made by the State Board of Education through rules that have been based on consultations with subject matter expert organizations.