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October 15, 2019

State Selects Suicide Prevention Training Resources for Educators

AHCCCS, in coordination with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), announce their selections for school suicide prevention training options, as mandated in Senate Bill 1468. Known as the Mitch Warnock Act, named after a Tempe teenager who died by suicide, the statute states that AHCCCS will select, and post on their website, evidence-based, best practice suicide prevention training materials. School administrators can choose from among these materials as they work toward meeting the statute’s requirements. The law goes into effect at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year and mandates that all school staff who interact with students in grades 6 through 12 must receive suicide prevention training at least once every three years.

The following evidence-based, suicide prevention training programs have been selected:

The methodology used to select these materials include the review of The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Suicide Prevention Toolkit for High Schools, review of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center for additional gateway trainings, and review of articles addressing cultural considerations, particularly for tribal nations, in suicide prevention. This work was conducted by a third-party contractor.

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