Minnesota house passes bill providing immediate mental health aide to farming communities

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) — The Minnesota House has unanimously approved a bill to directly address mental health issues in rural communities.

HF 232 provides immediate funds for statewide mental health counseling, the Farm Advocates program and an awareness campaign for suicide prevention.

It also provides an additional $100,000 in funding in state fiscal year 2019.

This funding allows for the state to add a second farmer-based mental health counselor. Currently the state of Minnesota only has one state-funded mental health provider covering farming communities.

Representative Jeanne Poppe, (DFL) Austin and author of the bill says, “Times are tough for our farmers and farm families. Yesterday’s vote puts us on the right track towards helping these families as quickly as possible.”

The companion bill, SF 553, has yet to receive a floor vote in the Senate.

March 5, 2019
Fox 47