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Title Agricultural Workforce & Suicide Prevention
Status Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/07/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Human Services
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
J. Amabile (D)
Senate Sponsors T. Sullivan (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/17/2024

The bill creates the agricultural workforce mental health and
suicide prevention program (program) in the department of agriculture
(department). The purpose of the program is to address the challenges
facing agricultural workers and to provide agricultural workers mental
health support, suicide prevention services, and crisis management
As part of the program, the department shall:
  • Create a public awareness campaign to promote suicide
prevention among agricultural workers;
  • Contract with a nationally recognized nonprofit
organization to offer a free and confidential crisis support
hotline for agricultural workers;
  • Develop a mental wellness plan for agricultural workers
who are affected by a natural disaster and its financial and
industry-related repercussions;
  • Coordinate suicide prevention and crisis management
services with state agencies, including the department of
human services and the behavioral health administration;
  • Collaborate with the behavioral health administration to
ensure callers to the 988 crisis hotline and callers to the
crisis support hotline are served; and
  • Collect data on the program and recommend legislative
changes as necessary.
The bill requires the department to submit a report summarizing
the data collected on the program and recommendations on or before
September 1, 2025, and September 1 every other year thereafter, to the
house of representatives agriculture, water, and natural resources
committee and the senate agriculture and natural resources committee, or
their successor committees.

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