Public Policy

Our Public Policy

House of Rep. Sponsor: Rep. Caroline Troy

House of Representatives Co-Sponsors: Rep. Packer, Rep. McCrostie, Rep. Wagoner, Rep. Ehardt, Rep. Holtzclaw, Rep. Wintrow, Rep. Chew, Rep. Redman, Rep. McDonald, Rep. Zito, Rep. Thompson, Rep. Rubel, Rep. Horman, Rep. Armstrong, Rep. Crane, Rep. King, Rep. Toone, Rep. Smith, Rep. Erpelding, Rep. Manwarning, Rep. Zollinger, Rep. Kauffman, Rep. DeMordaunt

Senate Sponsor: Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking

Senate Co-Sponsors: Sen. Potts, Sen. Crabtree, Sen. Heider, Sen. Burgoyne, Sen. Siddoway, Sen. Lee, Sen. Martin, Sen. Souza, Sen. Nye, Sen. Buckner-Webb, Sen. Agenbroad, Sen. Hagedorn, Sen. Jordan, Sen. Lakey

Endorsement: Idaho Education Association, Idaho Association of School Administrators, Idaho School Board Association, Idaho School Counselor Association, Idaho School Psychologist Association, Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Idaho Chapter, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Treasure Valley, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Wood River Valley, Nez Perce Tribe, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Associated Students University of Idaho, The Speedy Foundation, #LiveWilder Foundation, Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition

Statement of Purpose- To provide a minimum level of suicide awareness and prevention training to all public school personnel. This legislation will allow school districts to adopt a suicide prevention policy and choose an evidence-based gatekeeper program to implement in their district.

Fiscal Note- There is no cost to the general fund. Evidence based “gatekeeper” programs are available from a number of sources at no-cost to school districts, in addition to programs available for a variety of fees.

History- This all began by listening to the needs of our youth and educators. We hosted meetings to collaborate with the State Department of Education, H&W’s Suicide Prevention Program, IEA, IASA, ISBA, & neighboring state programs to determine what was needed, what was wanted, what has worked well elsewhere and what to avoid. We’ve collected feedback on a virtual survey and created a website to host as much information as is possible available. The Jason Flatt Act has the backing of many reputable organizations and has been implemented in 19 other states. 42 states have some form of “gatekeeper” education on the books for educators. We are certain that this is a small but necessary first step to combating Idaho’s suicide problem.

Empowering Schools in Suicide Prevention

Jason Flatt Act

Learn more about how public policy has been put into action to prevent suicide.

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