On June 26, 2010, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 4672, also known as The Jason Flatt Act, into law.
The Jason Flatt Act of Illinois
Public Act 096-0951
Effective June 26, 2010
Illinois became the fifth state to pass this important legislation. This legislation requires mandatory suicide awareness and prevention training for certain school personnel. Major components of the legislation are:
- Teachers, school guidance counselors, school social workers and other school personnel who work with students in grades 7-12 shall be trained to identify the warning signs of suicidal behaviors in adolescents and teens.
- This training shall include various intervention techniques.
- The training shall be provided within the existing framework of in-service training programs offered by the Board.
- The training can also be offered as part of the required professional development activities.