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Professional Development Series: California

On July 3, 2008, SB 1378 passed the California General Assembly and was sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for signature.

The Jason Flatt Act of 2008 – California
SB 1378
Chapter 143

On July 18, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1378, also known as The Jason Flatt Act of 2008, into law. California became the third state to pass The Jason Flatt Act.

Major components of the legislation are:

  1. This bill authorizes a school district that receives a professional development block grant to offer to each of its teachers two hours of staff development in the prevention of suicide.
  2. A district receiving such funds may expend a portion of those funds for two hours of youth suicide prevention training.
  3. The training provided under this section may not exceed two hours.
  4. The training may occur during a regularly scheduled in-service training day.

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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