The authors would like to acknowledge Sue Eastgard, MSW, Chair of the King County Suicide Prevention Coalition; John Osborne, MD, internist at the Spokane VA; Representative Tina Orwall, MSW (D) from the 33rd legislative district in Washington and primary legislative sponsor of ESHB 2366; and Skip Simpson, JD, nationally recognized suicide law expert, for their substantive comments on drafts of this manuscript.
Making the Case for Primary Care and Mandated Suicide Prevention Education
Version of Record online: 17 JAN 2013
© 2013 The American Association of Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 117–124, April 2013
How to Cite
Stuber, J. and Quinnett, P. (2013), Making the Case for Primary Care and Mandated Suicide Prevention Education. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 43: 117–124. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12010
- Issue online: 26 MAR 2013
- Version of Record online: 17 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 18 SEP 2012
During its 2012 legislative session, Washington State passed ESHB 2366, otherwise known as the Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management Act of 2012. ESHB 2366 is a significant legislative achievement as it is the first law in the country to require certain health professionals to obtain continuing education in the assessment, treatment, and management of suicide risk as a requirement to obtain and maintain licensure. However, ESHB 2366 does not apply to primary care providers, an important next step for legislation that has as its goal “to help lower the suicide rate in Washington.” This commentary addresses objections raised against the law and potential responses as Washington considers strengthening its own law to include primary care providers and as other states consider similar legislation.