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Youth Suicide Prevention

Overview

In 2019, the rate of youth suicide in Oregon decreased from the prior year for the first time since 2015. OHA projects the rate of youth suicide will decrease again in 2020, based on preliminary data. This is the first two-year decrease in youth suicide since 2008-2010. While this is encouraging news, Oregon’s suicide rate continues to be well above the national average, despite brave and relentless work by many involved in suicide prevention. The ripples of a youth suicide death are far-reaching and take years to heal. In 2019, there were 116 reported youth suicide deaths, making suicide the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 in Oregon. 

Starting in 2014, and with additional investment in 2019, the Oregon Legislature commissioned the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to:

For a brief history and summary of suicide prevention laws in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide’s legislative summary page.

​In 2019, the rate of youth suicide in Oregon decreased from the prior year for the first time since 2015. OHA projects the rate of youth suicide will decrease again in 2020, based on preliminary data. 

To learn more about Oregon's progress meeting the goals of the YSIPP, read OHA's Youth Suicide Annual Reports:

​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.

OHA has compiled a list of continuing education courses for consideration. 

  • OHA does not endorse or approve these courses.
  • Licensees should contact their licensing boards (listed below) to determine if a class meets their board’s criteria for approved continuing education credits.

Reporting​ requirements

SB 48 requires providers licensed by the following agencies to report any suicide assessment, treatment and management continuing education they’ve taken.

The Oregon Medical Board and the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission survey their providers. OHA surveys providers licensed by other boards at re-licensure as part of the Health Care Workforce Reporting program. OHA compiles and reports this information to the Oregon legislature each even-numbered year.

Continuing educati​on requirements effective July 1, 2022

Starting July 1, 2022, House Bill 2315 (2021) requires providers in the behavioral healthcare workforce to complete continuing education in suicide assessment, treatment and management for relicensure.  Oregon Administrative Rules and an implementation plan are currently under development.​

HB 2315 requires 2 hours every two years or 3 hours every three years of continuing education in suicide assessment, treatment and management for the following license categories:

  • A clinical social worker, as defined in ORS 675.510;
  • A regulated social worker, as defined in ORS 675.510;
  • A licensed marriage and family therapist, as defined in ORS 675.705;
  • A licensed psychologist, as defined in ORS 675.010;
  • A licensed professional counselor, as defined in ORS 675.705;
  • A school counselor, as defined by rule by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission;
  • A qualified mental health associate;
  • A qualified mental health professional;
  • A certified alcohol and drug counselor;
  • A prevention specialist;
  • A problem gambling treatment provider;
  • A recovery mentor;
  • A community health worker;
  • A personal health navigator;
  • A personal support specialist;
  • A peer wellness specialist;
  • A doula;
  • A family support specialist;
  • A youth support specialist; and
  • A peer support specialist.

Senate Bill 561 (2015) requires Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs) as defined in ORS 430.630 to do the following when suicides occur in youth (age 24 years or younger):

  • Work with partners to develop plans for information-sharing and response;
  • Prepare communities to respond in a way that reduces the risk of more suicide (contagion) among friends, loved ones or peers left behind after the death; and 
  • Report deaths to OHA within 7 days of death so that OHA can provide technical assistance on best practices in responding to suicides and reducing contagion risks.

Resources


Links

  
If you go to the emergency room - Advocating for your loved one during a crisis (English)
If you go to the emergency room - Advocating for your loved one during a crisis (Spanish)
OAR 309-027 Youth Suicide Communication and Post Intervention Plan
SB 48 (2017) Biennial Report - Youth Suicide Prevention Workforce Development
Statewide Youth Suicide Prevention Programs (Spanish)
Statewide Youth Suicide Prevention Programs (English)
Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Schools
Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan 2020 Annual Report
Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Resources

  
SB 48 (2017) Continuing Education Courses
Youth Suicide Reporting Form

Contact

Page Info

​Jill Baker
Youth Suicide Prevention Policy Coordinator
503-339-6264

she/her/hers

Shanda Hochstetler
Youth Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator​

503-890-3575

she/her/hers

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