ORS 418.735¹
Plan for communication among local mental health authorities regarding certain suicides
  • Oregon Health Authority notification
  • authority as resource
  • notice of death suspected to be suicide

(1) As used in this section, “local mental health authority” has the meaning given that term in ORS 430.630 (Services to be provided by community mental health programs).

(2) The Oregon Health Authority shall develop a plan for communication among local mental health authorities and local systems to improve notifications and information-sharing when a death that is suspected to be a suicide involves an individual who is 24 years of age or younger. The plan must address community suicide response and post-intervention efforts to address loss and the potential of contagion risk. The Oregon Health Authority shall collaborate with the following entities in developing and implementing the plan:

(a) Public school districts;

(b) Public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities), if the death involves an individual who is 24 years of age or younger;

(c) Private post-secondary institutions of education, if the death involves an individual who is 24 years of age or younger; and

(d) Any facility that provides services or resources to runaway or homeless youth.

(3) Within seven days after a death that is suspected to be a suicide of an individual 24 years of age or younger, the local mental health authority in the area where the suicide occurred and any public school district, public university listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) or private post-secondary institution of education the individual was attending at the time of the individual’s death shall inform the Oregon Health Authority, in a manner and in a format to be determined by the authority, of activities implemented to support local entities and individuals affected by the suicide and to prevent the risk of contagion. The authority shall serve as a resource to the local mental health authority and any public school district, public university listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) or private post-secondary institution of education the individual was attending at the time of the individual’s death as needed by the community.

(4)(a) If a local mental health authority receives a third-party notification of a death that is suspected to be a suicide of an individual 24 years of age or younger, the local mental health authority shall provide notice of the death to the following local systems that had contact with the deceased individual:

(A) The principal or superintendent of relevant area public schools, the principal of relevant area private schools or any public university listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) or private post-secondary institution of education the individual was attending at the time of the individual’s death;

(B) The juvenile department;

(C) Community developmental disabilities programs;

(D) Local child welfare agencies;

(E) Local substance use disorder programs; or

(F) Any other organization or person identified by the local mental health authority as necessary to receive notice to preserve the public health.

(b) The notification in paragraph (a) of this subsection must contain the following information regarding the deceased individual to enable the local systems to deploy effective post-intervention efforts:

(A) The name of the deceased individual;

(B) The birth date of the deceased individual;

(C) The date of death of the deceased individual; and

(D) Any other information that the local mental health authority determines is necessary to preserve the public health and that is not otherwise protected from public disclosure by state or federal law.

(c) As used in this subsection, “third-party notification” means notification from a source other than a patient in a program administered by the local mental health authority during the patient’s treatment. [2015 c.296 §1; 2019 c.178 §1; 2019 c.471 §1]

Note: 418.735 (Plan for communication among local mental health authorities regarding certain suicides) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 418 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Chapter 418

Notes of Decisions

Where plaintiffs brought ac­tion under 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging viola­tion of federal civil rights after defendant Children’s Services Division employees removed plaintiffs’ child from home following reports of abuse, CSD workers entitled to absolute immunity in investiga­tion, taking child into custody and keeping plaintiffs from visiting child. Tennyson v. Children’s Services Division, 308 Or 80, 775 P2d 1365 (1989)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 418—Child Welfare Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors418.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 418, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano418.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information