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Website: Washington State Department of Health

Recent Developments and Legislation: 
2014 -- Washington State Legislature Website for HB2315

HB2315 was signed by Governor Jay Inslee March 27, 2014.

Requries certain medical professionals to complete a one-time training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management that is approved by the relevant disciplining authority.


Requires the department of social and health services and the state health care authority to jointly develop a plan for a pilot program to support primary care providers in assessment and provision of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of individuals with mental and behavioral health disorders and track outcomes of the program.


Requires the secretary of the department of health to convene a steering committee and, in cnosultation with the steering committee, develop a Washington plan for suicide prevention.

2012 -- Washington State Legislature Website for HB2366

Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire signed House Bill 2366, the Matt Adler suicide assessment, an act requiring certain mental health professionals to complete education in suicide assessment, treatment and management.

Washington passed House Bill 1244 which made operating appropriations for fiscal years 2007-2009 and 2009-2011, reducing state funds by 10% for the biennium. It includes $70,000 each year for a school-based health curriculum focusing on youth suicide prevention.
A health education suicide prevention curriculum for 9th graders was evaluated. A curriculum for 7th graders is being developed.
The state legislature funded the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for another two years to support youth suicide prevention programming in schools. $200,000 was allocated to pilot test a curriculum in health classes (see Recent Developments)
Appropriated $100,000 for fiscal year 2007 for a pilot youth suicide prevention program. The office of superintendent of public instruction was charged to work with selected school districts and community agencies to identify effective strategies at preventing youth suicide.