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Rates of youth suicide have been rising since 2011. Concerned over this trend, the 2014 Oregon Legislature commissioned the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to:
The 2019-2021 Governor's Recommended Budget included dedicated funding for Youth Suicide Prevention for the first time in Oregon’s history. With this investment, some of the OHA initiatives are to:
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.
During 2015, OHA's Health Systems Division and Public Health Division partnered with subject matter experts to create the Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan for 2016 - 2020. Learn more about the plan on the Public Health Division website.
The Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide oversees implementation of the Plan, evaluates the effectiveness of prevention programs, monitors risk factors and advises OHA regarding public policy agenda priorities for suicide prevention across Oregon.
To learn more about Oregon's progress meeting the goals of the plan, 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):
Jill Baker Youth Suicide Prevention Policy Coordinator503-339-6264
Shanda HochstetlerYouth Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator
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