This year the Indiana National Guard has fully implemented the Sexton Act requiring service members to receive a mental health screening.
The issue of whether to repeal a law that requires Hoosiers to be permitted to carry a handgun will likely come up next session.
Indiana lawmakers want schools to develop more robust suicide prevention policies while teachers get training on the issue.
Indiana requires new teachers to receive suicide prevention training, but a new bill would expand that requirement.
The proposed legislation would require the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to provide the best care for mental health conditions.
As a part of the new law, the secretary of veteran’s affairs will conduct an evaluation of Indiana’s suicide prevention programs at least once a year.
One bill requires a third-party evaluation of suicide prevention programs within the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The number of Hoosiers who have committed suicide each year has steadily increased since 2006.