Policy & Advocacy

The power to save lives through state policy change is yours

Suicide is the most preventable cause of death. The steps we take to spread this message – and build it into systems and communities – can lessen its toll. Our approach to policy and systems change enlists lawmakers, state agencies, the private sector and community partners in developing and implementing sustainable solutions. Forefront has been instrumental in the passage of nine bills in Washington related to suicide prevention, including the first state law in the nation requiring suicide prevention training for all health and behavioral health providers.

Forefront Suicide Prevention’s greatest fortune is its partnership with Rep. Tina Orwall, District 33. Orwall and Forefront bring together and collaborate with diverse partners. This coalition building takes hard work and often brings success. Many meetings, conference calls, emails to legislators, and other examples of constituent advocacy go into each suicide prevention bill.

Policy change needs with people like you. If you are interested in supporting Forefront’s legislative work, please contact us.

LEGISLATIVE MILESTONES: FOREFRONT SUICIDE PREVENTION

Concerning suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education, with enhanced services to student veterans. Read Final Bill Report

Implementing a Suicide-Safer Homes public education platform: Establishing a public-private partnership fund to implement the work of the Safer-Homes task force.

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Providing for suicide awareness and prevention education for safer homes.

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Creating a task force on mental health and suicide prevention in higher education. As a result of this law, the Task Force on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Higher Education gathered data about suicide prevention efforts and the amount of suicidal behavior on campuses, preparatory to recommending more comprehensive ways to keep students safer from suicide.

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Ensures that all suicide prevention training for health care professionals will cover issues specific to military veterans, and skills to assess suicidal individuals' access to lethal means.

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Concerning training health care professionals in suicide assessment, management and treatment. Extended the HB 2366 training requirement to include mandated suicide prevention training for health care professionals.

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Increasing the capacity of school districts to recognize and respond to youth at-risk for suicide, and to build awareness for students who may be struggling with mental health issues that may lead to attempted suicide.

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Washington State passed ESHB 2366, otherwise known as the Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management Act of 2012. ESHB 2366 is the first law in the nation to require certain health professionals to obtain continuing education in the assessment, treatment, and management of suicide risk as a requirement of licensure.

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