2021 Legislative Session


The Alliance works towards Legislative change to help Suicide Prevention policies and practices across Oregon. Alliance members and staff contribute valuable testimony for various pieces of legislation that are discussed in the Oregon Legislature. 
We have started preparing for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session earlier this year. Alliance members provided input and voted on the following policy priorities.
We will provide news and progress here so stay tuned as our work progresses throughout the Session. 


Introduction

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) separates their policy and advocacy into areas in which they will lead, collaborate and explore. During the March 2020 quarterly meeting, the Alliance membership reviewed this approach and found it to be a helpful way to guide future policy and advocacy work. The table below is based on:

Lead – issues on which Alliance will play a leadership role – developing the policy position, marshaling support, and generating advocacy activity
Collaborate – issues on which Alliance will work as part of a coalition or group, providing active support to achieve these important policy objectives
Explore – issues that are rising in importance and require further exploration or policy research and analysis, but have not yet become Alliance policy proposals

legislative policy – lead

Require behavioral health workforce to receive continuing education on suicide prevention, intervention, and management. Alliance Workforce Committee will take the lead.

legislative policy – collaborate

Amend current legislation on youth suicide to expand the age range from 10 to 24, to include all youth and young adults under 24. Lines for Life is taking the lead on this legislative concept.

Legislative concept requiring medical examiners to report youth suicide deaths to local mental health authorities including specific reporting timelines. Oregon Health Authority is taking the lead on this legislative concept. The Alliance Data & Evaluation Committee will support. 

Bill Tracker

The next legislative deadline for this session is April 13th. Each bill must receive a vote in committee by this date. If they do not, these bills are considered dead* and will not move forward in the legislative process this session.

There are some bills that are exempt from this deadline like budget bills.

 

Scroll through to see different priority bills.

HB 2315

-This would require Behavioral Health Professionals to take Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in suicide risk assessment, treatment, and management to maintain their licenses. 

-Alliance Staff and Members met with Legislators before the 2021 session to discuss this legislation, answer questions or concerns, and discuss specifics of the proposed bill.

Representative Salinas agreed to Sponsor this bill and Alliance Staff worked closely with her and The Alliance Workforce Committee to create the Legislative Concept (LC) and make any necessary language changes during the session.

-December Legislative Days 2020, Alliance Staff and Members Galli Murray, Don Erickson, and Angela Perry testified in support of this legislation before the House Committee on Behavioral Health. 

-The Legislative Concept dropped as HB 2315 at the beginning of the 2021 Session.

-Alliance Staff and Members continued to meet with different licensing boards and other professions that would be impacted by HB 2315 to answer questions, discuss any concerns, and see what they think should be changed in the bill’s language. This led the required amount of CEU’s to be changed from 6 CEUs every 6 years to 2 CEUs every 2 years or 3 CEUs every 3 years. 

-March 2021, apublic hearing was held in the House Committee on Behavioral Health and many more Alliance Members, Affiliates, and Staff provided either verbal or written testimony in support of HB 2315. Thank you to Representative Salinas, Don Erickson, Ryan Price, Kahae Rikeman, Kate Mollinedo, Rayleah Trice, Stephanie Willard, Annette Marcus, Laura Rose Misaras, and Jenn Fraga.

-April 2021, a work session was held in the House Committee on Behavioral Health to discuss the proposed -3 amendment. Alliance Staff Annette Marcus discussed the importance of the -3 amendment and answered questions from House Committee members. This -3 amendment was adopted by the committee which updated the bill’s language.

-Next Steps:
Now that the bill has passed with amendments, it will need to be reprinted and read again in the Committee.

Please go here to learn more about the legislative process, How an Idea Becomes Law.

 

SB 563 and HB 2381

Lines for Life is taking the lead on this legislation and The Alliance provides support as needed and as appropriate. 

-Both pieces of proposed legislation would amend current legislation on youth suicide to expand the age range from 10-24 to include those younger than 10. Senator Gelser is the sponsor of SB 563 and Representative Prusak is the sponsor of HB 2381.

-The Alliance submitted both verbal and written testimony in support of reducing the age range. To view testimony on SB 563, please go here. To view testimony on HB 2381, please go here.

-Senator Gelser shared some of the history of the original vision for the YSIPP and the Youth Suicide Coordinator at the Health Systems Division (HSD) within the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

-After looking at the implications of decreasing the age that the Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (YSIPP) would cover, it was decided that HB 2381 would be pursued which would expand the age range to be 5-24. 

-The Alliance submitted both verbal and written testimony in support of reducing the age range.

Next Steps:
-These bills will need to be reconciled.

-SB 563 was assigned to Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery and has had both a public hearing and a work session.

-HB 2381 was assigned to House Committee On Behavioral Health and has had a public hearing.

-Please go here to learn more about the legislative process, How an Idea Becomes Law.

 

SB 66 and HB 3037

The Oregon Health Authority is taking the lead on this legislation and The Alliance provides support as needed and as appropriate. 

-Both pieces of proposed legislation are technical fixes to facilitate better communication between medical examiners, Local Mental Health Authorities, and the State after a suicide. 

-The Alliance submitted written testimony for both of these proposed bills. To view testimony on SB 66, please go here. To view testimony on HB 3037, please go here

-These two bills will be reconciled with one another with SB 66 being incorporated into HB 3037.

-HB 3037 had it’s 3rd reading and passed out of the committee.

Next Steps:
This bill will now be passed to the 2nd Chamber for the first reading. This means it will move to the Senate side of the Legislature.

Please go here to learn more about the legislative process, How an Idea Becomes Law.

 

SB 682

The Oregon Health Authority is taking the lead on this legislation and The Alliance provides support as needed and as appropriate. 

-This establishes the Adult Suicide Intervention and Prevention Coordinator in statute and requires a five-year plan similar to the YSIPP and would be called the Adult Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (ASIPP). 

-Alliance Staff and Members provided verbal and written testimony in support of this legislation. Annette also highlighted the importance of a lifespan approach to suicide prevention. To view and listen to testimony, please go here

Next Steps:
Since this bill has a fiscal attached, it was referred to Ways and Means

Please go here to learn more about the legislative process, How an Idea Becomes Law.

 

SB 52

-This directs Department of Education to develop and implement statewide education plan for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, nonbinary or another minority gender identity or gender orientation.

-Alliance Staff and Members provided verbal and written testimony in support of this legislation. To view testimony, please go here. To watch the recorded public session and hear verbal testimony, please go here.  

Next Steps:
Since this bill has a fiscal attached, it was referred to Ways and Means

Please go here to learn more about the legislative process, How an Idea Becomes Law.