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Utah State Facts

Learn more about suicide and prevention efforts in Utah, including a list of laws enacted in AFSP's top priority areas. Updated: February 4, 2022.

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Utah suicide prevention plans and initiatives

In 2013, Utah law required the Utah Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) to appoint a state suicide prevention coordinator to administer a state suicide prevention program composed of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention programs, services, and efforts (§ 62A-15-1101). To carry out these requirements, DSAMH collaborates with the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition (USPC), a statewide public-private partnership focused on promoting education and providing resources around suicide and mental health. Since then, Utah has provided consistent state funding for implementation of prevention efforts, including an annual line item for suicide prevention in the state budget. In 2021, USPC published the Utah Suicide Prevention Plan: 2022-2026, which it will be responsible for implementing with oversight from DSAHM. Additionally, in 2020 the Utah LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Plan: 2020-2023 was developed and released by the USPC LGBTQ+ workgroup and endorsed by the Utah Pride Center.

Utah laws

Key:

  • No law in place
  • Encouraged by Law
  • Required by Law

Crisis lines and 988 implementation

  • Addresses 988 infrastructure and provides for telecom user fee
  • Addresses 988 infrastructure but does not include telecom user fee
  • 988 law limited to creating an exploratory commission, advisory committee, or task force

Mental health parity

  • Public health plans (e.g., Medicaid) regularly submit parity compliance analyses to state regulators
  • Private health plans (individual and group) regularly submit parity compliance analyses to state regulators

K – 12 school suicide prevention

  • Inclusion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and/or other crisis line(s) on student ID cards
  • Student allowances for excused mental health absences
  • School personnel must report student suicide risk to a parent and/or guardian
  • Suicide prevention and/or mental health training for certain school personnel, annual
  • Suicide prevention and/or mental health training for certain school personnel, not annual
  • Suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention policies/programming
  • Student education on suicide prevention

Health professional training in suicide assessment, treatment and management

  • Mental health professionals receive regular training
  • Mental health professionals receive one time training
  • Medical/surgical professionals receive regular training
  • Medical/surgical professionals receive one time training

Conversion therapy bans

  • Prohibits licensed/board certified mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy with minors under 18 years of age
  • Prohibits licensed/board certified mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy with vulnerable adults
  • Prohibits use of state funds for any purpose related to conversion therapy (e.g., conducting, making a referral for, or extending health benefits coverage for)

University and college campus suicide prevention

  • Inclusion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and/or other crisis line(s) on student ID cards
  • Students receive information on available mental health and/or suicide prevention services and/or resources
  • Adoption of suicide prevention/awareness policy or program

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