In order to prevent suicide, relevant trainings for mental health professionals are expanded (to include licensed optometrists) must be provided and meet minimum standards as outlined.
Specifics regarding the mandatory 2nd training are included. Professions that had been exempt from the 1st training must now complete it by July 1, 2021. By January 2021, the department shall adopt minimum standards for trainings on treatments that have shown to be effective in working with people who are suicidal.
Amendments: Requires advanced suicide prevention training for certain mental health professionals. Requires optometrists and acupuncture and Eastern medicine practitioners to complete one-time training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management. Requires veterinarians and veterinary technicians to complete suicide prevention training. Requires the University of Washington to develop suicide prevention training for the construction industry.