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A competent and confident behavioral and physical healthcare 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 healthcare professional in the year before death.
Continuing education related to suicide prevention
Senate Bill 48, passed in 2017, was designed to support the behavioral and physical healthcare workforce by promoting continuing education in suicide assessment, treatment and management.
The Oregon Health Authority (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 Senate Bill 48.
Contact for more information:Ann Kirkwood, Suicide Intervention Coordinatorann.firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon's Kognito program offers courses available for free to Oregon emergency department staff, primary care physicians working with adolescents, and school-based health center staff. The courses are provided through the Oregon Public Health Division, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
At-Risk in Primary Care: Adolescents
This course is on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. This 30 minute program is an online professional development simulation for primary healthcare professionals.
The training is intended to:
At-Risk in the Emergency Department
This is a 1 hour program available to all Oregon ED staff.
The program is an interactive role-play simulation for ED personnel that builds skills to:
Contact us for course access information.
Resources are provided here with the goal of establishing a network of adults and youth in every community who can recognize and respond to youth exhibiting signs of suicide risk and can assist them in getting professional help.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Question, Persuade, Repond
High school teacher, student and parent curriculum
RESPONSE is a comprehensive, high-school based youth suicide prevention program that increases awareness among high school staff, students and parents.
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