SB 48 Report – Suicide-Related Training for Medical and Behavioral Health Providers
Oregon’s medical and behavioral health professionals generally do not receive training in suicide assessment, treatment and management in their advanced
degree programs. Thus, these professionals need continuing education (CE) to ensure care to the public focuses on suicide safety. In 2017. as part of this effort, OHA proposed a bill to require physical and behavioral health professionals to take continuing education in suicide assessment, treatment
and management. Workforce development is a major initiative of the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide (the Alliance). Members of the Alliance testified in favor of the bill. However, the final bill made continuing education optional. The bill instructs OHA to report on results in September of each even numbered year.
Small Steps in Workforce Suicide Prevention Training
The Workforce Committee interviewed members of the Alliance on Suicide Prevention Training that was done in their respective agencies. The goal of this is to show how Suicide Prevention Training can be done in a meaningful way in small, medium and large businesses / organizations. It is important for workplaces to receive this training as the workplace is a way to reach people who may be at risk of suicide, especially those in the workforce who are 18 – 24 years old. Reaching this age group is more complex when they are not in school / college or connected to support services. An added benefit is it is also a way to disseminate information that has potential to help at risk family members and friends of employees.
Below, you will find an overview of how to train Suicide Prevention in the Oregon Workforce as well as interviews from three Alliance Members – Don Erickson with the Department of Human Services (DHS), Galli Murray with Clackamas County Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S), and Julie Scholz with the Oregon Pediatric Society.
making the case for
suicide prevention training in the workforce
Galli Murray, lcsw
clackamas county h3s
oregon pediatric society