Washington Statewide Plan for Suicide Prevention

On March 27 2014, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2315 (PDF) was signed into law (RCW 43.70.442). The law establishes three new strategies to reduce the number of suicides in Washington. These include:

  • Suicide prevention training for healthcare providers
  • A statewide suicide prevention plan
  • A consultation program to support primary care providers.

ESHB 2315 requires allopathic and osteopathic physicians, and other health care providers to complete a one-time training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management to help lower the suicide rate in Washington State.

ESHB 2315 directs the Medical Quality Assurance Commission  to adopt rules to implement continuing education and training requirements for suicide assessment, treatment, and management. The Commission may identify in rule training exceptions and exemptions as appropriate, and establish in rule standards for suicide assessment, treatment, and management trainings that are appropriate for allopathic physicians. The Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery was directed to do the same for osteopathic physicians. Final rules are still in development and should be released in late 2015.  Updates and CME resources will be posted here as they become available.

The WAFP has an appointed leader representing the Academy and family medicine interests on the steering committee developing the statewide plan.  Information about the steering committee, meetings, and the project charter are available here.

SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES

Washington Statewide Plan for Suicide Prevention – Full details are available through the Department of Health’s website.

[PDF] Washington State Injury and Violence Prevention Guide – This topic-specific chapter is an excerpt from the Washington State Injury and Violence Prevention Guide, January 2013, DOH 530-090.

Best and Evidence-Based Practices for Youth Suicide Prevention

Washington’s Suicide Prevention Coalitions

Washington State Youth Hotlines

2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (PDF)