COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) gave sponsor testimony before the House Education and Career Readiness Committee on behalf of House Bills 502 and 503. The bills would mandate appropriate personnel in both public (House Bill 502) and private (House Bill 503) schools to receive suicide prevention and awareness education on an annual basis. These bills would amend the previous enacted law, “The Jason Flatt Act.”

“These bills would strengthen the suicide prevention and awareness training that teachers and administrators would take to assist students in recognizing emotional distress that may lead to suicide,” said Rep. Anielski. “The personnel would earn continuing education units (CEU) through the training. It is critical to address the silent epidemic which is negatively affecting our children and prevent these tragedies from occurring.”

House Bills 502 and 503 expands the Jason Flatt Act, which was introduced by Rep. Anielski and enacted into law during the 129th General Assembly. Currently, the Jason Flatt Act makes suicide prevention education online training and materials available to any school upon request, free of charge.


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