2017 Legislative Session
2017 Legislative SessionPublished 01/04/2017
House Bill 1612 for implementing a Suicide-Safer Homes public education platform: Establishing a public-private partnership fund to implement the work of the Safer-Homes task force
Summary: Nearly 80 percent of all deaths by firearms in Washington State are by suicide, and Rx medications are also one of the top-used means of suicide for young people. The new Suicide-Safer Homes House Bill proposes establishing a public-private partnership fund to implement the HB 2793 public health campaign. This includes funding to train firearm dealers (including incentives for employee time), creating materials to support firearm retailers, pharmacists, and health care providers in suicide prevention, and funding pilot studies in two Washington counties with high suicide rates for safe-storage devices and community mobilization. House Bill 1612 also adds dentists to the groups who can help educate the public about the need for safe storage and disposal of medications.
For more information, read Forefront's Suicide-Safer Homes policy brief.
House Bill 1379 for suicide prevention in higher education: Implementing a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education
Summary: Data shows that nearly 10 percent of postsecondary students had "seriously considered" suicide in the 2015-2016 school year, yet lack of funding for behavioral health resources across all sectors remains one of the largest barriers for postsecondary institutions to address its students’ behavioral health challenges. The new House Bill for suicide prevention in higher education proposes the following: Creating a free, publicly available, statewide online curriculum training resource for faculty, staff, and students, establishing baseline data collection at postsecondary institutions, and forming a grant program for suicide prevention funding in resource-challenged institutions.