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Professional Development Series: Mississippi

During the 2009 legislative session, SB 2770, also known as The Jason Flatt Act, was passed with an effective date of July 1, 2009.

The Jason Flatt Act of Mississippi
SB 270
Effective July 1, 2009

Governor Haley Barbour signed the bill into law on April 13, 2009. Upon Governor Barbour’s signature, Mississippi became the fourth state to pass the Jason Flatt Act. This legislation requires mandatory youth suicide prevention training for all teachers and principals.

Major components of the legislation are:

  1. Suicide prevention education is required for all licensed teachers and principals beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.
  2. Annual in-service training must include at least two hours of suicide prevention training.
  3. This education may be accomplished through self-review of suitable suicide prevention material.

Each of The Jason Foundation Staff Development Modules has been developed to meet a two-hour continuing education requirement for suicide awareness and prevention program. Before completing any suicide awareness training program, please check with your State Board of Education, State Teacher Certification Board or school superintendent to determine that the program meets the requirements for your State.

You will be eligible to receive your certificate once all chapters of a module have been viewed and you have successfully completed the quiz that follows.

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