Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Suicide prevention training law goes into effect

Starting tomorrow, June 7, Washington will become the first state in the nation to require mental health professionals and other frontline care providers to receive training in suicide assessment, treatment and management.

ESHB 2366, also known as the Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment and Management Act of 2012, was sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall after hearing Adler’s widow tell the story of her young husband taking his life leaving her and their two small children behind.   

Orwall said that although health professionals are licensed by the state to protect the public, not all clinicians receive suicide prevention training. 

The new law requires mental health professionals, social workers and occupational therapists to receive six hours of training every six years, as part of their continuing education requirement, starting in 2014.  

Read Orwall’s full press release here.

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