IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 18 (legislative day, September 17), 2008
Mrs. Clinton (for herself, Mr. Voinovich, and Mr. Brown) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To establish a grant program for automated external defibrillators in elementary and secondary schools.
This Act may be cited as the
Josh Miller Helping Everyone Access
Responsive Treatment in Schools Act of 2008 or the
Josh Miller HEARTS
Grant program for automated external defibrillators
The Secretary of Education shall carry out a program under which the Secretary makes grants to local educational agencies, to be used by the local educational agencies for one or both of the following:
To purchase automated external defibrillators for use in elementary and secondary schools served by the local educational agency.
To provide training to enable elementary and secondary schools served by the local educational agency to meet the requirements of subsection (d)(1), but only if automated external defibrillators are already in use at such schools or are acquired through this program.
Local educational agencies
To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a local educational agency shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such form, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.
Elementary and secondary schools
To be eligible to receive an automated external defibrillator through a grant under this section, a school may be any public or private school served by the local educational agency, except that an Internet- or computer-based community school is not eligible.
Matching funds required
To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, the local educational agency must provide matching funds from non-Federal sources equal to not less than 25 percent of the amount of the grant.
The Secretary shall waive the requirement of paragraph (1) for a local educational agency if the number of children counted under section 1124(c)(1)(A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6333(c)(1)(A)) is 20 percent or more of the total number of children aged 5 to 17, inclusive, served by the local educational agency.
Training and coordination required
A local educational agency that receives a grant under this section shall demonstrate that, for each elementary and secondary school at which the automated external defibrillators are to be used—
there are at least 5 individuals at the school who—
are employees or volunteers at the school;
are at least 18 years of age; and
have successfully completed training, with the expectation that the certification shall be maintained, in the use of automated external defibrillators and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, conducted by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council, or another nationally recognized organization offering training programs of similar caliber;
local paramedics and other emergency services personnel are notified where on school grounds the automated external defibrillators are to be located; and
the automated external defibrillator will be integrated into the school’s emergency response plan or procedures.
In making grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to schools—
that do not already have an automated external defibrillator on school grounds;
at which a significant number of students, staff, and visitors are present on school grounds during a typical day;
with respect to which the average time required for emergency medical services (as defined in section 330J of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254c–15(f))) to reach the school is greater than the average time for emergency medical services to reach other public facilities in the community; and
that have not received funds under the Rural Access to Emergency Devices Act (42 U.S.C. 254c note).
The terms used in this section shall have the meanings given to such terms in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2013.