A competent and confident behavioral and physical health care workforce can ensure early identification of suicide risk and use of evidence-informed strategies to address the needs of suicidal individuals. 60
to 70 percent of individuals who die by suicide see a medical or behavioral health care professional in the year before death.
Senate Bill 48 (2017)was designed to support the behavioral and physical healthcare workforce by promoting continuing education in suicide assessment, treatment and management.
- SB 48 requires certain behavioral and physical health care providers to report to their licensing boards, at re-licensure, any suicide assessment, treatment and management continuing education they’ve taken.
- Licensees affected by the law are: Nurses, physicians, physician assistants, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, social workers, psychologists, school counselors, physician assistants, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapists,.
OHA, on behalf of the relevant boards, surveys providers at re-licensure as part of its regular Health Care Workforce Reporting program. The Oregon Medical Board and the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission, which licenses school counselors, conduct their own surveys. Information gathered in all of the surveys is compiled and reported to the Legislature by OHA in each even-numbered year.
Licensees can consider the following resources for continuing education under SB 48.
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Contact and Additional Information
For more information about youth suicide intervention or to request technical assistance, contact:
Suicide Intervention Coordinator
Email: Doug Gouge