Fifty-fourth Legislature

Second Regular Session

Senate: ED DP 9-0-0-0 | 3rd Read 29-0-1-0-0

House: ED DP 10-0-0-3

SB 1446: student identification cards; suicide prevention

Sponsor:  Senator Bowie, LD 18

Caucus & COW


Requires school district governing boards, charter school governing bodies and institutions of higher education to include contact information for suicide prevention resources, local crisis centers or emotional support services on student identification cards.


Each teacher training program in Arizona must develop or adopt evidenced-based instruction on suicide awareness and prevention and provide that instruction to all teacher candidates in the programs. The instruction must include:

1)    Training in suicide prevention;

2)    Training to identify the warning signs of suicidal behavior in adolescents and teens; and

3)    Appropriate intervention and referral techniques (A.R.S. § 15-1656).


1.    Requires, beginning July 1, 2021, school district governing boards and charter school governing bodies that issue identification cards to students in grades 9-12 or institutions of higher education that issue identification cards to students to include at least one of the following on each new identification card:

a)    The telephone number for a national suicide prevention hotline;

b)    The telephone number for a national network of local crisis centers;

c)    A statement describing how to access a text-based emotional support service; or

d)    The telephone number for a local suicide prevention hotline. (Sec. 1, 2)

2.    Specifies that the required information may be printed on the identification card or may be included on a sticker affixed to the identification card. (Sec. 1, 2)

3.    Defines institution of higher education as both:

a)    A university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents; and

b)    A community college. (Sec. 2)



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