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By Christopher Lopaze
WNPA News Service 

Conflict over health professionals training


Suicide is a leading cause of death in Washington, especially for veterans, and now lawmakers are considering an expansion for mandatory suicide-prevention training.

The expansion includes chiropractors, physical therapists, licensed practical nurses, and physicians, and would now affect a total of 148,380 licensed practitioners, according to the Department of Health.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 45 percent of those who died by suicide sought help from primary-care providers within the month before their death.

“This bill is about saving lives,” said Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, the main sponsor of House Bill 2315. “And I think it will.”


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