SALLEE (Co-sponsors), PRYOR, CRAWFORD, PHILLIPS, TOWNLEY, SALLEE, CHRISMER, NAEGER,
KELLEY (47), DOLAN, BERKSTRESSER, ENZ, BARTELSMEYER, LEVIN, CIERPIOT, OSTMANN,
GASKILL, REINHART, ALTER AND LUETKEMEYER.
Read 1st time January 17, 2000, and 1000 copies ordered printed.
ANNE C. WALKER, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 166, RSMo, relating to permanent funds for education by adding thereto one new section relating to the same subject.
Section A. Chapter 166, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 166.485, to read as follows:
166.485. 1. Beginning July 1, 2001, the department of elementary and secondary education shall provide a four-year competitive grant program to fund, or defray the cost of, establishment or expansion of student suicide prevention programs. Such programs may also include teacher and administrator training in suicide prevention programs. Such programs may be operated at the district or building level and, if operated, shall be operated at a public elementary or secondary school of this state.
2. Prior to July 1, 2001, the department of elementary and secondary education shall promulgate rules including but not limited to eligibility criteria, how applicant priority is established, the manner in which grant funds may or may not be used, proposed methods and documents of cooperation with the host school or school district in the case of nonschool applicants pursuant to subsection 3 of this section, and the form of grant applications.
3. Grants for the establishment or expansion of student suicide prevention programs may be applied for by either public schools, school districts, political subdivisions, corporations registered pursuant to the laws of this state, partnerships registered pursuant to the laws of this state or not for profit corporations as that term is defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. In the case of applicants other than schools or school districts, such applicants shall accompany the grant application with a document of cooperation, approved by the department and signed by either the principal of a public school or by the superintendent of a school district, stating that the school or district shall furnish space and time for such program and stating the manner in which such program will be made available to its students.
4. In its grant application the school, school district, political subdivision, corporation, partnership or not for profit corporation shall describe any current or any proposed suicide prevention program, show a need for an improved suicide prevention program in the case of an existing program, and explain how it proposes to implement or improve its program with grant funds.
5. The grantee pursuant to this section shall make a report on its suicide prevention program after the second year of the grant to receive funds for years three and four. As part of the mid-grant progress report, the grantee shall report the progress of the program's development, as evidenced by the program's compliance with the original stated goals of the program. The department shall develop rules to determine compliance pursuant to this subsection, allowing for flexibility in application to varying grant projects but supplying rigorous standards so that compliance is measurable and meaningful in the context of the individual grant project.
6. Grants are renewable for an additional four-year term, based in part upon the results of the first grant.
7. Grants shall be distributed in equal amounts within geographic areas established proportionately based upon student population; provided that, funds may be reallocated by the department if an area has insufficient applications or insufficient eligible applications to obligate all funds for the area.
8. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to this section shall take effect unless such rule has been
promulgated pursuant to chapter 536, RSMo.