The Washington State Department of Public Health is investigating the state’s Office of Inspector General over the death of a woman whose death was ruled a suicide, according to a news release.
The office announced Wednesday that it is “looking into the investigation” after the department received a report from the woman’s mother about a suspected suicide attempt and a report that a suicide note was found in the home of a female employee.
The agency’s Office for Public Health and Safety is “conducting its own independent review,” the release said.
The state is also reviewing a report by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, which said the death was a suicide.
State Department spokesman Scott Kranz said the department is “notifying the family of the death” and “taking appropriate steps to investigate the cause and manner of death.”
The death of the woman, who was 41, has sparked calls for an independent investigation.
In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week,” former Washington state Rep. Mark Takano, who is now a CNN political commentator, said that the death raises a question about how state officials handle suicide prevention.
Takano said that while the state had a suicide prevention strategy in place, “it’s not clear to me that they are necessarily keeping up with the needs of the people.”
He said that it’s also unclear why there is no national suicide prevention plan, adding that he was also troubled that the office did not conduct a full investigation into the woman and her family.
“That’s a question for the Office for public health, but I think that is something that should be taken up,” Takano told “This Weekly” host Alisyn Camerota.
“I think that’s a problem for Washington state.”