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SB24-057

Agricultural Workforce & Suicide Prevention

Concerning creating a program to prevent suicide in the agricultural workforce.
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subjects:
Agriculture
Human Services
Bill Summary

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 services.

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.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. T. Sullivan
Rep. J. Amabile, Rep. M. Froelich

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