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Emergency Anti-Seizure Medication Administration

As authorized by California Education Code 49414.7, California public schools may train volunteer school personnel in the administration of specified emergency anti-seizure medication to students with epilepsy who are experiencing a seizure.

Senate Bill (SB) 161 pertaining to the administration of emergency anti-seizure medication by trained volunteer nonmedical school personnel was signed by the Governor in October 2011, codified in California Education Code (EC) 49414.7 External link opens in new window or tab. , and became effective January 1, 2012. The bill requires that the California Department of Education post on its Web site a clearinghouse for best practices in training nonmedical personnel to administer an emergency anti-seizure medication to pupils. California EC 49414.7(m)(2).

The following resources are provided for reference purposes only. More detailed information may be found by following the links provided.

The California Department of Education does not endorse any particular program, model, or product described herein.


Sample Form - The Administration of Emergency Anti-Seizure Medication (DOC)
Per California EC 49414.7(l)(6)(A)-(J), Title 5 California Code of Regulations 626(a)(3)(A)-(J), this sample form can be used by school personnel for the administration of emergency anti-seizure medication.

Emergency Regulations on the Administration of Emergency Anti-Seizure Medication by Trained Volunteer Nonmedical School Personnel, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 620-627 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Guidelines for the Emergency Use of Anti-Seizure Medication in Tennessee Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Education, 2009
(Material from other states or agencies may provide helpful guidance, however all documents should be viewed with caution as such documents may not be in accordance with California law.)

Diastat External link opens in new window or tab.

Epilepsy Foundation of America External link opens in new window or tab.

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers pertaining to SB 161 anti-seizure medication law.

Program Advisory on Medication Administration, California Department of Education (PDF)
As authorized by the California Code of Regulations Title 5, Section 611, and approved on May 12, 2005, by the State Board of Education, this advisory provides non-binding guidance to local educational agencies on medication administration in California public schools.

Joint Guidance on the Application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

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Last Reviewed: Friday, August 28, 2015
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