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Wyoming State Facts

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

Wyoming State Fact Sheet
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Wyoming suicide prevention plans and initiatives

Wyoming law establishes a suicide prevention program within the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), Wyoming Injury & Violence Prevention Program (WIVPP) (§ 9-2-102). The WIVPP maintains a library of suicide prevention data and publications, and program leadership receives advice and counsel from the Wyoming Suicide Prevention Advisory Council (WySPAC), a statewide group of individuals and organizations created to improve well-being by reducing suicidal behaviors over the lifespan. Since 2013, Wyoming has had a state director of suicide prevention and three full-time suicide prevention regional coordinators to work directly with communities has increased suicide prevention efforts. In January of 2017, the WDH released Preventing Suicide in Wyoming: 2017-2021 State Suicide Prevention Plan, developed in collaboration with WySPAC and the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming.

Wyoming 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

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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