HB 2731 was passed by the 66th Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee during the 2020 session. It requires public schools in Washington to report diagnosed concussions sustained by students during athletic and other activities each year. It also requires the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to develop the procedure for reporting and analyzing the data – so that it can report back to OSPI and the Washington State Legislature on the rates, trends, patterns, and other relevant information of diagnosed concussions sustained by students.
DOH was asked to put a hold on this work during 2020 and 2021 while the COVID pandemic was being addressed for the public health of the state. This work was reauthorized to continue in late 2021. A multisector committee was formed to assist DOH in creating a data reporting tool and developing a procedure for schools to report head injury incidences to DOH. The official version of the tool is scheduled to go live on September 6 for data collection.
The latest information on accessing and using the tool, as well as concussion resources, can be found on the Student Head Injury Concussion Reporting webpage on the DOH website.
DOH has scheduled two training webinars for school and medical personnel and partners that will be using the tool for reporting to assist you in acclimating to the tool and process: