April 6, 2018
AUGUSTA ' A bill sponsored by Assistant House Majority Leader Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, to require public schools to adopt protocols to prevent youth suicide became law Tuesday. It had earlier passed both the Maine House and the Senate unanimously.
The idea for the bill was brought to Rep. Golden by Matt Graham, who lost a daughter, Anie, to suicide in May 2017.
'I am grateful that the Legislature saw the importance of this bill,' Graham said. 'I am hopeful that this will help schools deal with at-risk kids and lower the incidence of teen suicide.'
The bill, LD 1694, requires the state Department of Education to develop rules mandating that school districts adopt suicide prevention protocols based on the most up-to-date best practices. Current rules recommend that schools have these protocols, but only about 25 percent of school districts have done so. The law will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.
'I am proud to work with the Graham family on this important legislation as we continue to try to prevent youth suicide,' said Golden D-Lewiston. 'We need to continue to update our practices and policies to make sure we are doing all we can to reduce these tragedies.'
Golden is serving his second term in the Maine House and represents part of the city of Lewiston. He is the Assistant House Majority Leader.
Lindsay Crete [Golden], cell 231-1442 2