(1)Each LMHA, in collaboration with community partners, shall develop a Response Protocol identifying tribes, community partners, programs, individuals and others within the community that may be notified of a suspected youth suicide or mobilized to provide post-intervention response to a suspected youth suicide.
(2) At minimum, the Response Protocol shall:
(a) Identify the community partners and youth-serving entities, which shall be involved in developing and implementing the Response Protocol;
(b) Identify the roles, responsibilities, services, and available resources of each community partner involved in implementing the Response Protocol including the immediate, intermediate and long-term postvention response;
(c) Identify the process for notification to local systems that had contact with the decedent individual in the event of a suspected youth suicide. This may include:
(A) Sample scripts for communication of death notification to local youth-serving entities;
(B) A description of the process to determine what information should be included in each notification.
(d) Identify how a Postvention Response Lead shall be identified for responding to each suspected youth suicide. The Postvention Response Lead may vary, depending on the circumstances and may be an individual designated by a tribe, school district or university, the LMHA, or another community partner. The Postvention Response Lead is responsible for coordinating postvention response and the notification process to local systems that had contact with the decedent in the event of a suspected youth suicide. The Postvention Response Lead for the Response Protocol also may be the Communication Lead;
(e) Establish and disseminate the postvention notification and response process among community partners and youth-serving entities or individuals connected to the decedent, including outreach to families, families of choice, and tribes, if applicable; and
(f) Identify the evaluation process used by community partners to debrief and assess the effectiveness of each suspected youth suicide response and the mechanism to adjust processes, as indicated, in the future. The evaluation process shall include an assessment of the effectiveness of meeting the needs of grieving families and families of choice; friends or others with relationships with the decedent; and the wider network of community members impacted by the suspected youth suicide;
(g) Identify how the Primary LMHA will notify other LMHAs linked to the decedent through residency, employment, school attendance, or significant family or social ties.
(3) The LMHA shall document the completed Response Protocol in writing and submit to the Coordinator.
(4) At least annually on or before December 15th, each LMHA in collaboration with community partners shall review the Response Protocol to debrief and evaluate the protocol’s effectiveness in the past year, and provide a rationale for all revisions to the Coordinator.
(5) For the purposes of Response Protocols, the Coordinator shall:
(a) Review the response protocols submitted by the LMHAs;
(b) Review any revisions to the response protocols submitted annually; and
(c) Provide feedback to the LMHA and offer technical assistance on best practices for development and implementation of the protocols.
Rule 309-027-0040 — Response Protocol,