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Professional Development Series: Tennessee

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:

  1. Youth suicide awareness and prevention training is mandatory for teachers and principals.
  2. In-service training must include two hours of youth suicide awareness and prevention education each school year.
  3. Training is required in order to maintain or renew their teaching license.
  4. This education may be accomplished through self-review of suitable suicide prevention material.

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.

Services for educators in Tennessee brought to you in part by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services.

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