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Washington State Facts

Learn more about suicide and prevention efforts in Washington, including a list of laws enacted in AFSP's top priority areas. Updated: February 4, 2022.

Washington State Fact Sheet
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Washington suicide prevention plans and initiatives

Washington’s suicide prevention activities are housed within the state’s Department of Health (DOH), who maintains a list of Washington’s Suicide Prevention Coalitions in local communities across the state. In March 2014, Washington law required the DOH to create a statewide suicide prevention plan for people of all ages, and in 2016 the Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan was released. The plan’s goals and recommendations work together with the Washington State Plan for Healthy Communities, the Healthiest Next Generation Initiative, and the DOH Strategic Plan. In 2009, the Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Steering Committee and DOH released Washington State’s Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention, which was updated with data and goals in 2014.

Washington laws

Key:

  • No law in place
  • Encouraged by Law
  • Required by Law

Crisis lines and 988 implementation

  • Addresses 988 infrastructure and provides for telecom user fee
  • Addresses 988 infrastructure but does not include telecom user fee
  • 988 law limited to creating an exploratory commission, advisory committee, or task force

Mental health parity

  • Public health plans (e.g., Medicaid) regularly submit parity compliance analyses to state regulators
  • Private health plans (individual and group) regularly submit parity compliance analyses to state regulators

K – 12 school suicide prevention

  • Inclusion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and/or other crisis line(s) on student ID cards
  • Student allowances for excused mental health absences
  • School personnel must report student suicide risk to a parent and/or guardian
  • Suicide prevention and/or mental health training for certain school personnel, annual
  • Suicide prevention and/or mental health training for certain school personnel, not annual
  • Suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention policies/programming
  • Student education on suicide prevention
  • Student education on mental health

Health professional training in suicide assessment, treatment and management

  • Mental health professionals receive regular training
  • Mental health professionals receive one time training
  • Medical/surgical professionals receive regular training
  • Medical/surgical professionals receive one time training

Conversion therapy bans

  • Prohibits licensed/board certified mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy with minors under 18 years of age
  • Prohibits licensed/board certified mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy with vulnerable adults
  • Prohibits use of state funds for any purpose related to conversion therapy (e.g., conducting, making a referral for, or extending health benefits coverage for)

University and college campus suicide prevention

  • Inclusion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and/or other crisis line(s) on student ID cards
  • Students receive information on available mental health and/or suicide prevention services and/or resources
  • Adoption of suicide prevention/awareness policy or program

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