SB 5389 proposes that the University of Washington (UW), in collaboration with Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), design a training curriculum and training delivery system to train middle, junior high, and high school staff to identify students who are at risk for substance abuse, violence, or youth suicide.
The curriculum has the goal of identifying students who may be struggling with mental health issues;
have had thoughts of suicide or harming others; and/or have abused, are abusing, or are at risk of abusing alcohol or drugs, including opioids.
The curriculum must be use live tele-conference or store-and-forward technology to deliver the training and will be designed in consultation with mental health providers and aligned with national best practices.
The bill proposes that the UW, in collaboration with Project ECHO, seek funding to support the development of the training curriculum, training delivery system, and directory of psychiatrists, and reimbursement for health care services provided by psychiatrists for the provision of psychiatric tele-consultations to students who do not have health insurance coverage.
The bill also outlines the circumstances in which students may be at risk for substance abuse, violence, and/or suicide, how they will access two psychiatry tele-consultations within 30 days of referral, and training requirements for professionals.