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Website: Washington Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Recent Developments and Legislation 

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.