WSR 19-21-158
[Filed October 22, 2019, 1:02 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-916 WAC, Suicide prevention education for athletic trainers, the department of health is considering creating a new section of rule to establish continuing education requirements on suicide prevention education for athletic trainers.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: ESSB 5688 (chapter 358, Laws of 2019); RCW 18.250.020.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: ESSB 5688 amends RCW 43.70.442 directing the secretary of health to adopt rules to establish a one-time continuing education and training requirement for athletic trainers on suicide prevention education. The department may determine in rule a three or six hour requirement for suicide prevention education. If it is determined that only screening and referral elements are necessary, then the requirement will be three hours of training. If the department determines that the training must include the assessment of issues related to imminent harm by lethal means, then six hours of training will be required.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bruce Bronoske, Jr., P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504, phone 360-236-4843, fax 360-236-2901, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email, website
Additional comments: Interested parties may receive rule writing updates and rules workshop notices by signing up for the athletic training GovDelivery email list. To be added to the interested parties list, visit the department of health website at and click the green "subscribe" button at the bottom of the page.
October 21, 2019
John Weisman, DrPH, MPH