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In 2021, Oregon made significant progress in 2021 in youth suicide prevention. This progress included:
Preliminary data in Oregon indicate the following:
This is the first time since 2001 that Oregon has had a three-year decrease in youth suicide fatalities (24 and under). While this is positive news, it is important to note that some counties in Oregon did not see this overall decrease in youth suicide in 2021 and Oregon remains above the national average for youth suicide rates.
This good news is also wrapped in the context of big challenges for so many in Oregon. There is so much more to do to create safety for our children and young people. The suicide prevention team at OHA and our partners across the state will remain earnestly focused on this work.
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. Oregon is now experiencing its first three-year decrease in youth suicide fatalities since 2001.
To learn more about Oregon's progress meeting the goals of the YSIPP, read OHA's Youth Suicide Annual Reports:
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):
A competent and confident behavioral and physical health care workforce can ensure:
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. It does this by promoting continuing education in suicide assessment, treatment and management.
OHA has compiled a list of continuing education courses for consideration.
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.
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:
Jill Baker Youth Suicide Prevention Policy Coordinator503-339-6264
Shanda HochstetlerYouth Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator
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