Status Summary

HB 2315 was signed into law by the Governor.

Legislative Session

2014

Status

Passed

Sponsor

Representative Orwall

HB 2315 requires certain medical professionals to complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management (every 6 years for some; 8 years for others). Existing law related to the development of a model list of training programs is amended to include: The secretary and the disciplining authorities shall update the list at least once every two years. When updating the list, the secretary and the disciplining authorities shall, to the extent practicable, endeavor to include training on the model list that includes content specific to veterans. When identifying veteran-specific content under this subsection, the secretary and the disciplining authorities shall consult with the Washington department of veterans affairs.

In addition, the bill requires the department of social and health services to implement a pilot program (to the extent funds are specifically appropriated) to support primary care providers in the assessment and provision of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of adults with mental and behavioral health disorders and track outcomes of the program.

HB 2315 also requires the secretary of the department of health to convene a steering committee develop a Washington plan for suicide prevention.

Substitute bill: As amended, HB 2315 allows any disciplining authority, instead of only the Board of Occupational Therapy Practice, to exempt professionals based on brief or limited patient contact; requires the Secretary to update the report on the effect of evidence-based suicide assessment, treatment, and management training on the ability of health care professionals to identify, refer, treat, and manage patients with suicidal ideation; adds DSHS to the Washington Plan for Suicide Prevention Steering Committee; removes the requirement that DSHS create a pilot program to support primary care providers in the assessment and provision of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of adults with mental and behavioral health disorders; requires the DSHS and the HCA to develop a plan for a pilot program to support primary care providers in the assessment and provision of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of adults with mental or other behavioral health disorders; requires the pilot program to include two pilot sites, one urban and one rural, and to include timely case consultation between primary care providers and psychiatric specialists; requires the plan to address timely access to care coordination and appropriate treatment services, including next-day appointments for urgent cases and to include a description of the recommended program design, staffing model, and projected utilization rates, both for the pilot and for statewide implementation; requires the plan to include detailed fiscal estimates for the pilot sites and for statewide implementation; requires the DSHS and the HCA to consult with stakeholders when developing the plan; and requires the plan to be reported to the appropriate committees of the Legislature by November 15, 2014.

House Floor Amendment: As amended, the bill adds training in related behavioral health conditions to the training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management that must be completed by physicians. Adds primary care providers to the Washington Plan for Suicide Prevention Steering Committee.

Amendments in the Senate Health Committee: The bill was amended as follows:  Requires the additional nine health care professions to complete a one-time, rather than recurring, suicide assessment, treatment, and management training within the first full continuing education period after the effective date or initial licensure, whichever is later.

The plan for a pilot program is to support primary care providers assess, diagnose, and treat individuals, rather than adults, with mental or other behavioral health disorders. The plan must be developed in consultation with the partnership access, rather than the partnership action line.

Final Bill: As passed, the bill does the following:

  • Requires certain professions to complete one-time training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.
  • Requires the model list of training programs in suicide assessment, treatment, and management to be updated periodically and, when practicable, to contain content specific to veterans.
  • Requires the development of a plan to create a pilot program for psychiatric consultation.
  • Requires the development of the Washington Plan for Suicide Prevention.