Suicide Care

Read our Suicide Care Report and Recommendations
(Adopted September 2018)

READ OUR SUMMARY

Suicide is a leading cause of death with rates that vary depending on race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, and sexual and gender minority. This workgroup met from February to September 2018 to develop recommendations organized around the following focus areas:

  • Identification of suicide risk through universal screening of all patients over 13
  • Assessment of suicide risk following identification
  • Suicide risk management including clinical pathways for timely and adequate care
  • Suicide risk treatment using available evidence
  • Follow-up and support after a suicide attempt
  • Follow-up and support after a suicide death including for providers

Supporting Materials

Letter from the HCA accepting Suicide Care Recommendations
Suicide Care Charter and Roster

Previous Meeting Materials

Date Materials
February 8 Minutes February 8
Suicide Prevention Charter Draft
Bree Collaborative Process
March 8 Agenda March 8
Minutes February 8
Draft Suicide Prevention Charter
Draft Suicide Prevention Recommendations
April 12 Agenda April 12
Minutes March 8
Draft Suicide Prevention Report
May 10 Agenda May 10
Minutes April 12
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Recommendations
Draft Suicide Prevention Recommendations
June 14 Agenda June 14
Meeting Minutes May 10
Draft Recommendations Suicide Care
September 13 Agenda September 13
Meeting Minutes June 14
Draft Suicide Care Recommendations
Public Comments

Workgroup Members

Member Title Organization
Kate Comtois, PhD, MSW Psychologist Harborview Medical Center
Karen Hye, PsyD Clinical Psychologist CHI Franciscan Health
Matthew Layton, MD, PhD, FACP, DFAPA Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University
Neetha Mony, MSW Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan Program Manager Washington State Department of Health
Julie Rickard, PhD Physician & Healthcare Consultant Confluence Health
Julie Richards, MPH Research Associate Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Hugh Straley, MD (chair) Chair Bree Collaborative
Jennifer Stuber, PhD Associate Professor University of Washington School of Social Work
Jeffrey Sung, MD Member Washington State Psychiatric Association