HB 1138 directs Forefront at the University of WA to convene a task force on mental health and suicide prevention at WA’s pubic and private institutions of higher education. The task force is charged with determining what policies, resources, and technical assistance are needed to support the institutions in improving access to mental health services and improving suicide prevention responses. The bill lays out the make up of the task force, and identifies the data that may be collected. The task force is directed to report its findings and recommendations to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature by Nov. 1, 2016. The task force would expire July 1, 2017.
Higher Education Committee Amendment: The amendment makes technical corrections to some statistics in the intent section and changes the term "completed suicide" to "death by suicide."