PA 15-232—SB 843

Committee on Children

Education Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICE TRAINING FOR TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND PUPIL PERSONNEL

SUMMARY: By law, local and regional boards of education must provide in-service training on certain topics (e. g. , CPR, bullying prevention) for certified teachers, administrators, and other pupil personnel. The State Board of Education (SBE), within available appropriations and using available materials, must assist and encourage the school boards to provide in-service training on additional topics (e. g. , mental health first aid training).

This act requires SBE to assist and encourage school boards to also include training on trauma-informed practices for the school setting, so that school employees can more adequately respond to students with mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs. The act does not define “trauma-informed practices.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

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