During the 2007 legislative session, HB0101 / SB0057, also known as The Jason Flatt Act, was passed with an effective date of July 1, 2007.
The Jason Flatt Act of Tennessee
HB 0101 / SB 0057 Public Chapter 45
Effective July 1, 2007
Tennessee was the first state to pass the Jason Flatt Act. At the time it was the most comprehensive legislation requiring youth suicide awareness and prevention in the country. This legislation requires mandatory youth suicide awareness and prevention training for teachers and principals. Major components of the legislation are:
- Youth suicide awareness and prevention training is mandatory for teachers and principals.
- In-service training must include two hours of youth suicide awareness and prevention education each school year.
- Training is required in order to maintain or renew their teaching license.
- This education may be accomplished through self-review of suitable suicide prevention material.