WASHINGTON: Provider Training Legislation

February 17, 2016
News Type:  From the Field
State:  Washington

Thanks to legislation signed in 2014 by Governor Jay Inslee, Washington became the first state to require suicide prevention training for doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other medical professionals. This legislation expanded a 2012 law requiring suicide prevention training for mental health professionals, social workers, and occupational therapists. It also required the state to develop a suicide prevention plan, released in January 2016.


For more information on policies that may have an impact on suicide, see Suicide Prevention Policy and Legislation.

Settings:  Health Care
Planning and Implementing:  Policy and Legislation, Education and Training