Senate Bill 6514: Higher Education


Colleges and other postsecondary institutions in Washington state will gain new, optional resources in behavioral health and suicide prevention through the provisions of Senate Bill 6514, which passed during the 2018 legislative session.

The initiative includes three components:

  • A publicly available, online resource with trainings, crisis protocols, promotional materials and an annual conference.
  • A grant program, which will focus its first six selections on public institutions with high needs and low resources. Grants that offer enhanced services for veterans will have preference.
  • Data collection by campuses, in order to create a state baseline on the issues of suicide and mental health issues.

Forefront Suicide Prevention will lead this work, in consultation with a Work Group representing all sectors of postsecondary education. For more information on the Work Group and its members, click here..

Meeting Documentation

Timeframes for each component of the bill will be posted soon.

Please contact Marny Lombard, Program Coordinator, for more information.

Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Grant Program

The Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Grant Program competitively awards grants for partnerships between postsecondary education institutions and health care organizations. These partnerships must “provide mental health, behavioral health, and suicide prevention” for students.  Postsecondary education institutions eligible to apply for the grant program include public and private colleges and universities; private vocational schools; and cosmetology, barbering, and other schools authorized by the Washington State Department of Licensing. However, the first six grants must go to public institutions of higher education. Depending on the volume of applications and awards, we anticipate a statewide total of up to $420,000 will be available to fund partnerships. For more information or to provide input, please visit Washington Student Achievement Council.