During the 2012 legislative session, HB0501, also known as The Jason Flatt Act, was passed with an effective date of July 1, 2012.
The Jason Flatt Act of Utah
The Jason Flatt Act was introduced in the House by Representative Erik Hutchings and in the Senate by Senator Karen Mayne. Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill into law on March 26, 2012. Utah is the eighth state to pass the Jason Flatt Act. This legislation requires mandatory youth suicide awareness and prevention training for licensed personnel.
Major components of the legislation are:
- School districts and charter schools must require each licensed employee to complete two hours of youth suicide prevention.
- The required two hours of professional development on youth suicide prevention must be completed within their license cycle.
- The Utah Board of Education shall develop or adopt sample materials to be used for the training.