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Suicide Prevention - Jason Flatt Act

The Jason Flatt Act
Effective May 13, 2016

The Bill was sponsored by Senator Greg Smith of Kansas Senate District 21.

Major components of the legislation are:

Requiring suicide prevention training for school district personnel; amending K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 75-2319
The board of education of each school district shall provide suicide awareness and prevention programming to all school staff and shall notify the parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in such school district that the training materials provided under such programming are available to such parents or legal guardians.

Such programming shall include, at a minimum:

  1. At least one hour of training each calendar year based on programs approved by the state board of education. Such training may be satisfied through independent self-review of suicide prevention training materials; and
  2. A building crisis plan developed for each school building. Such plan shall include:
    • Steps for recognizing suicide ideation;
    • Appropriate methods of intervention; and
    • A crisis recovery plan


In order to get you started here are some relevant resources for youth suicide prevention:

Jason Flatt Foundation: http://jasonfoundation.com/

Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center: http://www.kansassuicideprevention.org/

National Suicide Prevention Life Line: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Page: http://www.samhsa.gov/suicide-prevention

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: http://www.sprc.org/

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Kansas Chapter: https://www.afsp.org/local-chapters/find-your-local-chapter/afsp-greater-kansas

Kansas Suicide Hotlines: http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/kansas-suicide-hotlines.html

Center for Disease Control (Suicide): http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention: http://yellowribbon.org/about/

American Association of Suicidology: http://www.suicidology.org/

Headquarters Counseling Center: http://www.headquarterscounselingcenter.org/

Johnson County Suicide Prevention: http://www.jocogov.org/dept/mental-health/suicide-prevention

Sedgewick County Suicide Prevention: http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/comcare/suicide_prevention.asp

Greater Kansas American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AFSPGreaterKC/

The Trevor Project (for LBGTQ students) http://www.thetrevorproject.org/?gclid=CK2-2aeGlsoCFZODaQod-zoOzg

Kansas Adjutant General’s Suicide Prevention Program (designed for the military): http://www.kansastag.gov/NGUARD.asp?PageID=506

Spring Hill USD Suicide Prevention Page: http://www.usd230.org/shhs/studentsparents/student_safety/suicide_prevention/

Chisolm Trail (Olathe) Middle School Student Support Services: http://schools.olatheschools.com/buildings/chisholmtrail/parent-info/student-support/

HelpGuide.org: http://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/suicide-prevention.htm

SafeSchools: www.safeschools.com


On or before January 1, 2017, the state board of education shall adopt rules and regulation necessary to implement the provisions of the section.