During the 2015 Legislative Session HB 198, also known as The Jason Flatt Act, was passed with an effective date of May 5th, 2015.
The Jason Flatt Act of Georgia
Effective May 5, 2015
Georgia is the 15th state to pass The Jason Flatt Act. This legislation requires mandatory youth suicide awareness and prevention training for certain school personnel.
Major components of the legislation are:
- The Department of Education shall adopt rules to require that all certificated public school personnel receive annual training in suicide awareness and prevention.
- Approved materials may include programs that can be completed through self-review of suitable suicide prevention materials.
- Each local school system shall adopt a policy on student suicide prevention.