Directing Change

AB 2246 Resources and Trainings


AB 2246 required all schools that serve pupils in grades 7-12 to implement suicide prevention policies (including prevention, intervention and postvention) by the start of the 2017-18 school year. The Directing Change Team can support California school districts and schools with trainings and one-on-one support with developing or improving existing policies and programs to meet the requirements of this new legislation.

Key Links:

    • CDE Model Policy:  The California Department of Education recently issued their model suicide prevention policy to assist districts in complying with AB2246.  Stan Collins from the Directing Change was part of the workgroup that helped inform the model policy and is available to offer districts and schools technical assistance.
    • Everything You Need to Implement AB 2246:  This guide provides a comprehensive overview of resources to assist schools and districts with implementing the requirements of AB 2246 including staff trainings, accessing data, risk assessment tools, youth engagement programs, postvention planning and general suicide prevention resources.
    • Suicide Prevention: A Toolkit for Schools:  This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was created to assist high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. It includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.


  • Preparing for Policy Change:  A Hands-on Workshop for Districts:  This full day workshop will familiarize attendees with the requirements for suicide prevention policies established by AB2246, and assist attendees with strategic planning for how to meet the requirements in the areas of staff training, assessment and intervention, postvention and youth engagement. During the workshop attendees will be introduced to the key principles of comprehensive school-based suicide prevention and have a chance to work together in teams to and receive one-on-one support by training facilitators.  The training is for district and school staff including administrators, Student/Pupil Support Services, Counseling and Psychological Service, Child Welfare and Attendance. Participation recommended for 3 to 4 representatives per district.  Recommended for up to 50 people.  Contact Us to request a training.
If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend, call or text 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (24/7)
Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.