AB2246 & Developing Your Suicide Prevention Policy: What School Leaders Should Know


Richard Lieberman, MA, NCSP

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Is Your District Ready?

As a school psychologist, you could advise your school or school district on what to include in the district’s Suicide Prevention Policy, which is now mandated by state law. AB 2246, passed in 2016, states that school districts that serve grades 7-12 must have a suicide prevention policy in place by the start of the 2017-18 school year. The policy guidelines were released by CDE in May and offer an opportunity for school psychologists to ensure that school boards pass sound policies. Also, policies may call on school psychologists to train other staff members.

The webinar is moderated by Richard Lieberman, MA, NCSP, a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. From 1986-2011 he coordinated Suicide Prevention Services for Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the US. He has co-authored numerous book chapters on suicide intervention in the schools; consulted nationally with districts experiencing suicide clusters; served on the Steering Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and contributed to both the SAMHSA Preventing Suicide and SPRC/AFSP After a Suicide school toolkits. Lieberman is a longtime CASP board member and winner of the association’s Sandra Goff Award for lifetime achievement.

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