Bill Text: OH HB543 | 2011-2012 | 129th General Assembly | Engrossed

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Bill Title: To enact the "Jason Flatt Act" to require public schools to train staff in youth suicide awareness and prevention.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2013-03-22 - Effective Date [HB543 Detail]

Download: Ohio-2011-HB543-Engrossed.html
As Passed by the House

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
2011-2012
H. B. No. 543


Representative Anielski 

Cosponsors: Representatives Grossman, Okey, Antonio, Baker, Stinziano, Patmon, Milkovich, Sears, Pillich, Brenner, Stebelton, Roegner, Wachtmann, O'Brien, Gonzales, Fende, Duffey, Garland, Hackett, Ramos, Smith, Yuko, Adams, J., Adams, R., Ashford, Barnes, Beck, Blair, Blessing, Boyce, Boyd, Bubp, Buchy, Budish, Carney, Celebrezze, Celeste, Clyde, Conditt, Damschroder, Derickson, DeVitis, Dovilla, Driehaus, Fedor, Foley, Gardner, Gerberry, Goodwin, Goyal, Hagan, C., Hagan, R., Hall, Hayes, Heard, Henne, Hill, Huffman, Johnson, Kozlowski, Landis, Letson, Luckie, Lundy, Lynch, Maag, Martin, McClain, McGregor, Newbold, Pelanda, Phillips, Reece, Rosenberger, Ruhl, Scherer, Schuring, Slaby, M., Slesnick, Sprague, Stautberg, Szollosi, Terhar, Thompson, Uecker, Williams, Winburn, Young Speaker Batchelder 



A BILL
To amend section 3319.073 of the Revised Code to 1
enact the "Jason Flatt Act" to require public 2
schools to train staff in youth suicide awareness 3
and prevention.4


BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:

       Section 1.  That section 3319.073 of the Revised Code be 5
amended to read as follows:6

       Sec. 3319.073.  (A) The board of education of each city and 7
exempted village school district and the governing board of each 8
educational service center shall adopt or adapt the curriculum 9
developed by the department of education for, or shall develop in 10
consultation with public or private agencies or persons involved 11
in child abuse prevention or intervention programs, a program of 12
in-service training in the prevention of child abuse, violence, 13
and substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth 14
development. Each person employed by any school district or 15
service center to work in a school as a nurse, teacher, counselor, 16
school psychologist, or administrator shall complete at least four 17
hours of the in-service training within two years of commencing 18
employment with the district or center, and every five years 19
thereafter. A person who is employed by any school district or 20
service center to work in an elementary school as a nurse, 21
teacher, counselor, school psychologist, or administrator on March 22
30, 2007, shall complete at least four hours of the in-service 23
training not later than March 30, 2009, and every five years 24
thereafter. A person who is employed by any school district or 25
service center to work in a middle or high school as a nurse, 26
teacher, counselor, school psychologist, or administrator on 27
October 16, 2009, shall complete at least four hours of the 28
in-service training not later than October 16, 2011, and every 29
five years thereafter.30

       (B) Each board shall incorporate training in school safety 31
and violence prevention into the in-service training required by 32
division (A) of this section. For this purpose, the board shall 33
adopt or adapt the curriculum developed by the department or shall 34
develop its own curriculum in consultation with public or private 35
agencies or persons involved in school safety and violence 36
prevention programs.37

       (C) Each board shall incorporate training on the board's 38
harassment, intimidation, or bullying policy adopted under section 39
3313.666 of the Revised Code into the in-service training required 40
by division (A) of this section. Each board also shall incorporate 41
training in the prevention of dating violence into the in-service 42
training required by that division for middle and high school 43
employees. The board shall develop its own curricula for these 44
purposes.45

       (D) Each board shall incorporate training in youth suicide 46
awareness and prevention into the in-service training required by 47
division (A) of this section for each person employed by a school 48
district or service center to work in a school as a nurse, 49
teacher, counselor, school psychologist, or administrator, and any 50
other personnel that the board determines appropriate. For this 51
purpose, the board shall adopt or adapt the curriculum developed 52
by the department or shall develop its own curriculum in 53
consultation with public or private agencies or persons involved 54
in youth suicide awareness and prevention programs.55

       The training completed under this division shall count toward 56
the satisfaction of requirements for professional development 57
required by the school district or service center board, and the 58
training may be accomplished through self-review of suitable 59
suicide prevention materials approved by the board.60

       Section 2.  That existing section 3319.073 of the Revised 61
Code is hereby repealed.62

       Section 3.  This act shall be known as the "Jason Flatt Act, 63
Ohio, in honor of Joseph Anielski."64

       Section 4.  The amendments by Sub. H.B. 116 of the 129th 65
General Assembly to division (C) of section 3319.073 of the 66
Revised Code that are included in section 3319.073 of the Revised 67
Code as amended by this act take effect November 4, 2012.68

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