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Creating a suicide-safer homes project account to support prevention efforts and develop strategies for reducing access to lethal means (Orwall, Harris, Jinkins)

Establishes the suicide-safer homes task force to raise public awareness and increase suicide prevention education.

Creates the suicide-safer homes project within the department of health to accept private funds for use by the task force in developing and providing suicide education and prevention materials, training, and outreach programs to help create suicide-safer homes.

Requires a licensed dentist, a licensed dental hygienist, or a person holding a retired active license as a dentist or dental hygienist, to complete the one-time training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.

Creates the suicide-safer homes project account.

Makes an appropriation from the general fund to the suicide-safer homes project account.

1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL:
The amount of the appropriation to the Suicide-Safer Homes Account is decreased from $200,000 to $50,000. The requirement for suicide prevention training for dentists and dental hygienists is delayed until August 1, 2020, and any training completed prior to licensure or prior to August 1, 2020, satisfies the training requirement. The University of Washington School of Dentistry must develop a curriculum for the training by July 1, 2020. Exemptions from background check requirements for firearms sales or transfers are addressed for transfers to immediate family members and temporary transfers to prevent suicide or selfinflicted bodily harm.

2ND SUBSTITUTE (Appropriations) COMPARED TO 1ST SUBSTITUTE (Judiciary):
A null and void clause is added, making the bill null and void unless funded in the budget.

EFFECT OF SENATE WAYS & MEANS STRIKER AMENDMENT:
Removes the $50,000 general fund appropriation to the new Suicide-Safer Homes Project account.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1612&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)