Governor Highlights Importance of PTSD Coverage in Ceremonial Bill Signing

12 Jul, 2019 Nancy Grover

                               

Waterbury, CT (WorkersCompensation.com) – With first responders and state legislators surrounding him, Connecticut’s governor conducted a ceremonial bill signing to legislation that gives workers’ compensation benefits to some first responders who develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

While Gov. Ned Lamont signed the bill last month, this week’s ceremony at Engine 10 of the Waterbury Fire Department was to highlight its importance, according to a legislative spokesperson.

“First responders dedicate their lives to the safety of our neighborhoods, and we owe it to them to be there when the actions they took to protect others causes injuries to themselves – regardless of whether those injuries are physical or mental,” Lamont said. “Modern scientific research is showing the immense impact that mental health issues can have on a person, and our statutes should reflect that. I am proud to stand side-by-side with our state’s police and firefighting community as I sign this important bill into law.”

The legislation extends benefits to police officers, parole officers and firefighters who have been diagnosed with work-related PTSD. It also includes a mandate to study the cost and impact of including emergency medical services personnel and certain Department of Correction employees in the list of covered workers. The law took effect July 1.


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    • Nancy Grover

      Nancy Grover is a freelance writer having recently retired as the Director, Media Services for WorkersCompensation.com. She comes to our company with more than 35 years as a broadcast journalist and communications consultant. Grover’s specialties include insurance, workers’ compensation, financial services, substance abuse, healthcare and disability. For 12 years she served as the Program Chair of the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo. A journalism/speech graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Grover also holds an MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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