Senate passes bill addressing youth suicide and violence in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A bill that would make it mandatory to put crisis hotline numbers on student IDs advanced out of the state Senate Thursday.
The measure, known as Senate Bill 42, would require student IDs for middle school, high school and college students list contacts for national crisis hotlines specializing in domestic violence, sexual assault and suicide.
The requirement would go into effect on August 1 and apply to public, middle and high schools, as well as public and private post-secondary schools that issue student IDs.
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Kentucky and the second leading cause of death for residents ages 15 to 34, according to language in the bill. The bill also says 39-percent of Kentucky women experience sexual violence in their lifetimes.
According to the bill, child abuse and neglect are more prevalent in Kentucky than any other state in the nation with 22 victims per 1,000 children compared to the national average of nine victims per 1,000 children.
The bill passed by a 35-1 vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives for its consideration.