HB 1424 strikes a portion of the statute addressing the development of suicide prevention training curricula required for a variety of professional groups and replaces it with:
By June 30, 2016, the department shall adopt rules establishing minimum standards for the training programs included on the model list. The minimum standards must require that the training include content specific to veterans and the assessment of issues related to imminent harm via lethal means or self-injurious behaviors. When adopting the rules required under this subsection the department shall:
- Consult with the affected disciplining authorities, public and private institutions of higher education, experts in suicide assessment, treatment, and management, the Washington department of veterans affairs, and affected professional associations; and
- Consider standards related to the best practices registry of the American foundation for suicide prevention and the suicide prevention resource center.
Beginning January 1, 2017:
- The model list may include only trainings that meet the minimum standards established in the rules adopted under (c) of this subsection;
- The model list must include both six-hour trainings in suicide assessment, treatment, and management and three-hour trainings that include only screening and referral elements; and
- A person or entity providing the training required in this may petition the department for inclusion on the model list.
The department shall add the training to the list only if the department determines that the training meets the minimum standards established in the rules adopted under (c) of this subsection.
Additionally, HB 1424 prohibits a disciplining authority from providing blanket exemptions to broad categories or specialties within a profession.
Health and Wellness Committee Amendment: As amended, HB 1424 does the following: (1) Clarifies that one-time training completed between June 12, 2014, and January 1, 2016, must be accepted by the disciplining authority; (2) requires trainings for school employees to be on the model list; (3) limits the application of standards relating to veterans and the assessment of issues related to imminent harm via lethal means or self-injurious behaviors to six-hour trainings in suicide assessment, treatment, and management; requires, (4) beginning January 1, 2017, the model list will include any three-hour trainings that met the training requirements on or before the effective date of the act; and (5) exempts certified registered nurse anesthetists from the training requirement.
House Floor Amendment: As amended, the bill exempts medical school graduates who hold limited postgraduate training licenses from the suicide assessment, treatment, and management training requirements.