Riverton USD 404

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Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Jason Flatt Guidance (SB323)

The Kansas Legislature has passed and the Governor has signed SB 323 which is known has the Jason Flatt Youth Suicide Awareness Act. The provisions of this bill relevant to suicide awareness and prevention are: 

  • 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: 

o   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

o   A building crisis plan developed for each school building. Such plan shall include: 

  •   Steps for recognizing suicide ideation;
  •   Appropriate methods of interventions; and
  •   A crisis recovery plan 
  • On or before January 1, 2017, the State Board of Education shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section.

 Local Emergency Resources:

Spring River Mental Health & Wellness


Riverton: 620.848.2300
Columbus: 620.429.1860

Mercy Behavioral Health


Joplin: 417.625.2354
Columbus: 620.429.2545

Ozark Center Crisis Services


Joplin: 417.347.7720

Kansas Suicide Prevention Hotline



National Suicide Prevention Hotline



Other Resources: 

 Jason Flatt Foundation


 Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center


 National Suicide Prevention Life Line   


 SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Page


 Suicide Prevention Resource Center


 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Kansas Chapter


 Kansas Suicide Hotlines


 Center for Disease Control (Suicide)


 Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention


 American Association of Suicidology


 Headquarters Counseling Center


Last Modified on September 20, 2016