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Suicide-safer homes task forceSuicide awareness and prevention. (Expires July 1, 2021.)

(1)(a) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, a suicide-safer homes task force is established to raise public awareness and increase suicide prevention education among new partners who are in key positions to help reduce suicide. The task force shall be administered and staffed by the University of Washington school of social work. To the extent possible, the task force membership should include representatives from geographically diverse and priority populations, including tribal populations.
(b) The suicide-safer homes task force comprises a suicide prevention and firearms subcommittee and a suicide prevention and health care subcommittee, as follows:
(i) The suicide prevention and firearms subcommittee shall consist of the following members and be cochaired by the University of Washington school of social work and a member identified in (b)(i)(A) of this subsection (1):
(A) A representative of the national rifle association and a representative of the second amendment foundation;
(B) Two representatives of suicide prevention organizations, selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee;
(C) Two representatives of the firearms industry, selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee;
(D) Two individuals who are suicide attempt survivors or who have experienced suicide loss, selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee;
(E) Two representatives of law enforcement agencies, selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee;
(F) One representative from the department of health;
(G) One representative from the department of veterans affairs, and one other individual representing veterans to be selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee; and
(H) No more than two other interested parties, selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee.
(ii) The suicide prevention and health care subcommittee shall consist of the following members and be cochaired by the University of Washington school of social work and a member identified in (b)(ii)(A) of this subsection (1):
(A) Two representatives of the Washington state pharmacy association;
(B) Two representatives of retailers who operate pharmacies, selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee;
(C) One faculty member from the University of Washington school of pharmacy and one faculty member from the Washington State University school of pharmacy;
(D) One representative of the department of health;
(E) One representative of the pharmacy quality assurance commission;
(F) Two representatives of the Washington state poison control center;
(G) One representative of the department of veterans affairs, and one other individual representing veterans to be selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee;
(H) Three members representing health care professionals providing suicide prevention training in the state, selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee; and
(I) No more than two other interested parties, selected by the cochairs of the subcommittee.
(c) The University of Washington school of social work shall convene the initial meeting of the task force.
(2) The task force shall:
(a) Develop and prepare to disseminate online trainings on suicide awareness and prevention for firearms dealers and their employees and firearm range owners and their employees;
(b) In consultation with the department of fish and wildlife, review the firearm safety pamphlet produced by the department of fish and wildlife under RCW 9.41.310 and, by January 1, 2017, recommend changes to the pamphlet to incorporate information on suicide awareness and prevention;
(c) Develop and approve suicide awareness and prevention messages for posters and brochures that are tailored to be effective for firearms owners for distribution to firearms dealers and firearms ranges;
(d) Develop suicide awareness and prevention messages for posters and brochures for distribution to pharmacies;
(e) In consultation with the department of fish and wildlife, develop strategies for creating and disseminating suicide awareness and prevention information for hunting safety classes, including messages to parents that can be shared during online registration, in either follow-up email communications, or in writing, or both;
(f) Develop suicide awareness and prevention messages for training for the schools of pharmacy and provide input on trainings being developed for community pharmacists;
(g) Create a web site that will be a clearinghouse for the newly created suicide awareness and prevention materials developed by the task force;
(h) Conduct a survey of firearms dealers and firearms ranges in the state to determine the types and amounts of incentives that would be effective in encouraging those entities to participate in suicide-safer homes projects;
(i) Gather input on collateral educational materials that will help health care professionals in suicide prevention work; and
(j) Create, implement, and evaluate a suicide awareness and prevention pilot program in two counties, one rural and one urban, that have high suicide rates. The pilot program shall include:
(i) Developing and directing advocacy efforts with firearms dealers to pair suicide awareness and prevention training with distribution of safe storage devices;
(ii) Developing and directing advocacy efforts with pharmacies to pair suicide awareness and prevention training with distribution of medication disposal kits and safe storage devices;
(iii) Training health care providers on suicide awareness and prevention, paired with distribution of medication disposal kits and safe storage devices; and
(iv) Training local law enforcement officers on suicide awareness and prevention, paired with distribution of medication disposal kits and safe storage devices.
(3) The task force shall, in consultation with the department of health, develop and prioritize a list of projects to carry out the task force's purposes and submit the prioritized list to the department of health for funding from the suicide-safer homes project account created in RCW 43.70.446.
(4) Beginning December 1, 2016, the task force shall annually report to the legislature on the status of its work. The task force shall submit a final report by December 1, 2020, that includes the findings of the suicide awareness and prevention pilot program evaluation under subsection (2) of this section and recommendations on possible continuation of the program. The task force shall submit its reports in accordance with RCW 43.01.036.
(5) This section expires July 1, 2021.

NOTES:

Effective date2019 c 415: See note following RCW 28B.20.476.
FindingsIntent2017 c 262: See note following RCW 43.70.442.
Findings2016 c 90: See note following RCW 43.70.442.
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