2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 11, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Ballweg, Doyle, Anderson,
Bowen, Cabrera, Crowley, Duchow, Edming, James, Kitchens, Kulp, Kurtz,
B. Meyers, Milroy, Mursau, Neubauer, Oldenburg, Ott, Petersen, Petryk,
Ramthun, Riemer, Rohrkaste, Sanfelippo, Schraa, Shankland, Sinicki,
Spiros, Spreitzer, Subeck, C. Taylor, Tittl, Tranel, Tusler, VanderMeer,
Vining, Vruwink, Wittke, Zamarripa and Zimmerman, cosponsored by
Senators Olsen, Bernier, Carpenter, Ringhand, Schachtner and Larson.
Referred to Committee on Health.
AB525,1,2 1An Act to create 20.435 (5) (dm) and 51.03 (7) of the statutes; relating to:
2implementing a suicide prevention program and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to implement a suicide
prevention program, coordinate suicide prevention activities with other state
agencies, administer grant programs involving suicide prevention, and perform
various other functions specified in the bill to promote efforts to prevent suicide. The
bill authorizes two positions in DHS for implementing the suicide prevention
program, one of which is the director of the suicide prevention program.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB525,1 3Section 1 . 20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert
4the following amounts for the purposes indicated: - See PDF for table PDF
AB525,2 1Section 2 . 20.435 (5) (dm) of the statutes is created to read:
AB525,2,32 20.435 (5) (dm) Statewide suicide prevention program. The amounts in the
3schedule for implementing the suicide prevention program under s. 51.03 (7).
AB525,3 4Section 3 . 51.03 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
AB525,2,95 51.03 (7) (a) The department shall implement a suicide prevention program
6that creates public awareness for issues relating to suicide prevention, builds
7community networks, and conducts training programs on suicide prevention for law
8enforcement personnel, health care providers, school employees, and other persons
9who have contact with persons at risk of suicide.
AB525,2,1110 (b) As part of the suicide prevention program under this subsection, the
11department shall do all of the following:
AB525,2,1212 1. Coordinate suicide prevention activities with other state agencies.
AB525,2,1413 2. Provide educational activities to the general public relating to suicide
AB525,2,1715 3. Provide training to persons who routinely interact with persons at risk of
16suicide, including training on recognizing persons at risk of suicide and referring
17those persons for appropriate treatment or support services.
AB525,2,1918 4. Develop and carry out public awareness and media campaigns in each county
19targeting groups of persons who are at risk of suicide.
15. Enhance crisis services relating to suicide prevention.
AB525,3,42 6. Link persons trained in the assessment of and intervention in suicide with
3schools, public community centers, nursing homes, and other facilities serving
4persons most at risk of suicide.
AB525,3,65 7. Coordinate the establishment of local advisory groups in each county to
6support the efforts of the suicide prevention program under this subsection.
AB525,3,127 8. Work with groups advocating suicide prevention, community coalitions,
8managers of existing crisis hotlines that are nationally accredited or certified, and
9staff members of mental health agencies in this state to identify and address the
10barriers that interfere with providing services to groups of persons who are at risk
11of suicide, including elderly persons, Native Americans, youths, and residents of
12rural communities.
AB525,3,1613 9. Develop and maintain an Internet site with links to appropriate resource
14documents, suicide hotlines that are nationally accredited or certified, credentialed
15professional personnel, state and local mental health agencies, and appropriate
16national organizations.
AB525,3,1917 10. Review current research on data collection for factors related to suicide and
18develop recommendations for improved systems of surveillance for suicide and
19uniform collection of data related to suicide.
AB525,3,2120 11. Develop and submit proposals for funding from federal government
21agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
AB525,3,2222 12. Administer grant programs involving suicide prevention.
AB525,4,223 13. By January 1, 2021, and by January 1 of each year thereafter, submit a
24report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)

1that describes suicide prevention activities in this state, including information
2received in the course of administering suicide prevention grant programs.
AB525,4 3Section 4. Nonstatutory provisions.
AB525,4,94 (1) Suicide prevention program; director and staff. The authorized FTE
5positions for the department of health services are increased by 2.0 GPR positions
6on the effective date of this subsection to be funded from the appropriation under s.
720.435 (5) (dm), for the purpose of providing a director of the suicide prevention
8program under s. 51.03 (7) and staff to implement the suicide prevention program
9under 51.03 (7).
AB525,4,1010 (End)