PTSD Services For First Responders

June 3, 2019

In the performance of their duties these dedicated public servants can experience traumatic and ongoing psychological, emotional and sometimes physical trauma. That’s why we passed Senate Bill 164, An Act Including Certain Mental Or Emotional Impairments Within The Definition Of "Personal Injury" Under The Workers' Compensation Statutes.

Under the bill, police officers, firefighters and parole officers may be eligible to receive limited workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused in the line of duty.

This bill, six years in the making, also calls on the General Assembly to review the potential for expanding workers’ compensation PTSD benefits to emergency medical services (EMT) and Department of Correction employees who might not otherwise be eligible.

The legislation passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and I expect it will be signed into law by the Governor.

Press Release: Rep. Verrengia - PTSD