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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.
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:
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):
Jill Baker Youth Suicide Prevention Policy Coordinator503-339-6264
Shanda HochstetlerYouth Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator
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