The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is seeking a contractor to develop a suicide prevention program for youth.
The Contractor shall develop a comprehensive approach to collectively build a plan for suicide prevention – especially in relationship to students and school staff but extending to the entire community.
The Contractor shall focus the work on three (3) to five (5) communities/school districts in the state as identified through data collected by the Washington State Department of Health.
Some of the contractors responsibilities include:
- Work with Department of Health staff in determining highest risk communities and those communities that are in greatest need for youth suicide prevention.
- Directly provide and/or coordinate training from local community experts on youth suicide prevention and relevant subjects.
- Provide information, training, and best practice information on harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) prevention and intervention activities to schools, students, families, and other community stakeholders.
- Provide information, training, and best practice information for drug/alcohol abuse and mental health issues faced by students to schools, students, families, and other community stakeholders.
- Provide targeted training to first responders on how individuals might become aware and should respond to suspicions, concerns, or warning signs of emotional or behavioral distress in students.
- Provide targeted training to schools, students, family members, and other community members regarding elementary age students who may be severely depressed and/or at risk for suicide.
- Work with schools in developing protocols and procedures for communicating with families and providing support.