WSR 17-20-064
[Filed October 2, 2017, 9:12 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-815-XXX Suicide prevention education, the department is considering creating a new section to establish a one-time continuing education requirement for dental hygienists in suicide prevention.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.29.130, 18.29.210 and E2SHB 1612 (chapter 262, Laws of 2017).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: E2SHB 1612 directs the secretary of health to adopt rules to establish a one-time continuing education and training requirement for dental hygienists on suicide prevention education. The secretary may determine in rule a three or six hour requirement for suicide prevention education to include assessment of issues related to imminent harm by lethal means.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
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
Additional comments: Interested parties may participate in the rule-making process by providing written comments on proposed language and/or attending a rules workshop. Notices will be sent to interested parties through the dental hygiene GovDelivery interested parties list. Interested parties may sign up for GovDelivery notifications at
September 29, 2017
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH