WSR 17-08-080
(Occupational Therapy Practice Board)
[Filed April 4, 2017, 8:46 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Proposal is exempt under RCW 34.05.310(4) or 34.05.330(1).
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-847-066 Suicide assessment training standards, proposing amendments to incorporate language consistent with 2015 legislation that amended RCW 43.70.442.
Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Point Plaza East, Room 152, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, on May 12, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: May 12, 2017.
Submit Written Comments to: Kathy Weed, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504, email, fax (360) 236-2901, by May 11, 2017.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kathy Weed by May 4, 2017, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: ESHB 1424 (2015), entitled an act relating to suicide prevention, requires occupational therapy professionals and other health professionals to complete a training program in suicide assessment, treatment, and management that has been reviewed and approved by the department of health (department). The department lists such trainings on its model list of trainings. Currently the occupational therapy rules do not specify that trainings need to be taken from the model list. This rule making will let credential holders know where to get approved suicide training. This requirement will become effective July 1, 2017.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The bill and this rule making are in response to the serious public health issue of suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in our youth and young adults (ages ten to thirty-four). There are nearly twice as many suicides as homicides of youth ages ten and [to] twenty-four. Requiring health professionals to complete suicide prevention education training is an effective method of identifying individuals at risk of suicide.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.59.130 and 43.70.442.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 43.70.442.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of health, occupational therapy practice board, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Kathy Weed, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4883.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Under RCW 19.85.036 and 34.05.310 (4)(c), a small business economic impact statement is not required for proposed rules that adopt or incorporate by reference, without material change, federal statutes or regulations, Washington state law, the rules of other Washington state agencies, or national consensus codes that generally establish industry standards.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The agency did not complete a cost-benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328. Rules adopting or incorporating by reference without material change federal statutes or regulations, Washington state statutes, rules of other Washington state agencies, shoreline master programs other than those programs governing shorelines of statewide significance, or, as referenced by Washington state law, national consensus codes that generally establish industry standards, if the material adopted or incorporated regulates the same subject matter and conduct as the adopting or incorporating rule.
April 4, 2017
Beth Rollinger, OT, Chair
Occupational Therapy Practice Board
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 14-05-016, filed 2/10/14, effective 2/15/14)
WAC 246-847-066 Suicide assessment training standards.
(1) A qualifying training in suicide assessment must:
(a) Be an empirically supported training in suicide assessment that includes risk assessment, screening, and referral;
(b) Be provided by a single provider and must be at least three hours in length which may be provided in one or more sessions; and
(c)(i) Until July 1, 2017, meet any other requirements of RCW 43.70.442; or
(ii) Beginning July 1, 2017, be taken from a provider listed on the department's suicide prevention training model list.
(2) The hours spent completing a training program in suicide assessment under this section count toward meeting any applicable continued competency requirements.
(3) Nothing in this section is intended to expand or limit the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant scope of practice.