Parents advocate for Jason Flatt Act in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Senate Bill 323, known in 16 states as the Jason Flatt Act, requires school district personnel to undergo two hours of suicide prevention training.

"This isn't to make the teachers and the educators and the principals their counselors. This is just to get them to identify these high risk kids and then refer them to the appropriate people to get the help they need," said Cathy Housh.

Housh lost her daughter Cady to suicide in 2014.

"Kansas is one of the few states that have nothing in place mandating suicide awareness and prevention," Housh added.

Senate Bill 323 states that there would be no cost to the state's fiscal bill and any costs would be incurred by local school districts.

Andrew Brown with the National Suicide Prevention Headquarters said there would be no financial concern for the school districts.

"We will continue to identify and find resources that are available to help schools fund training," said Brown.

Tennessee was the first state to implement the Jason Flatt Act in 2007. There was a 28 percent decrease in suicide its first year.