Senate Bill 6514: Higher Education


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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.

Next Meeting

SB 6514 Workgroup Meeting (Open to the Public)
Thursday, February 28, 2019
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: TBD

Meeting Documentation

Open for Public Comment 

SB 6514 Data Survey DRAFT_10-3-18

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.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) is seeking proposals for projects that will help resource-challenged postsecondary education institutions create partnerships with health care entities to develop student suicide prevention programs. Visit WSAC’s Suicide Prevention Grant webpage to download the Request for Proposals and obtain connection information for webinars. Contact Mark Bergeson (360-753-7881 or if you have questions. Please forward as you see fit.

SB 6514 Work Group is interested in hearing from you. To submit a public comment to the Work Group, please complete the form below.