Teen suicide prevention bill clears Senate
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The state Senate on Thursday defeated a bill on suicide prevention promoted by Gov. Chris Sununu in his inaugural address, opting instead to unanimously pass a more ambitious bill.
The Jason Flatt Act, with bills by that name in both House and Senate, requires every teacher, supervisor and administrator in the public schools to receive at least two hours of training in suicide awareness and prevention annually.
Senate Bill 282, which passed the Senate and now heads to the House, extends that training to additional personnel, including students and school volunteers, and requires school districts to adopt a coordinated suicide prevention plan.