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Ct. Public Employee PTSD Bill Clears Senate

March 20, 2014  | 

Public employees in Connecticut should have their mental-health treatments paid under state Workers' Compensation law, a legislative panel decided Tuesday.

In legislation approved 18-5 that next heads to the House floor and other committees, teachers, emergency medical personnel, state and local police, and firefighters would be able to file claims for mental-health counseling following post-traumatic stress diagnoses by board-certified psychiatrists or psychologists, the Connecticut Post reports

The PTSD would have to be linked directly to witnessing a traumatic event or the immediate aftermath of such an incident. Similar laws are in effect in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.

The bill was partially inspired by the plight of Newtown Police Officer Thomas Bean, who was nearly fired after using up his accumulated Workers' Compensation and sick time while battling PTSD after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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SGT JJ @ 3/20/2014 4:17 PM

Wonderful! Does anyone have a clue as to how this will bankrupt the state insurance programs, and then be paid for in high premiums by the rank and file? This PTSD stuff is new to the 21st Century because of the last 12 years of continuous wars. Now ever first responder wants a hand in the till.

Years ago (1963) I raised my hand and took and oath to serve and protect, not to serve and cry about the hardships of the job that I elected to take on. There were many non arduous jobs available as clerks and the like. I made a choice, knowing the outcome could affect my emotional state at some point and cause me to have to retire. I too, have gone through some terrible traumatic situations of airliner crashes with heads, feet, and the rest to be picked, and many other like type events. Do I ever think about it? YES! How was it that I had no medical claim? I talked to friends, I went to church, I accepted my exposure as serving my fellow man and community and dealt with it as a man

shook @ 3/20/2014 6:18 PM

Wow...your my hero Sgt. JJ....There are Officer just like you that need a little help..more than others to deal with tragedies, and traumatic incidents that they deal with. We are all not like you and just deal with it.. I guarantee because of your PTSD and you have it to some extent there have been people around you that it has affected. Think about it..Also with a crappy attitude like you have uncaring outlook on things such as this ...and the comments don't seem to be going to the church enough that you mentioned above...and to hint that you deal with your "exposure" like a man..that's not being a man that's deceiving yourself wonder how you feel about our military too..good luck jj...good luck. Thanks for your service. But it's not 1963 anymore.

Sgt JJ @ 3/20/2014 9:37 PM

Shook, I understand your opinion on this. Please realize that most departments already have procedures to compensate officers under undo stress. In many cases they have to be retired, something that I would have recommended in a couple cases. In no way would I say everyone handles stress the same way. However, we don't need to start a new PTSD pandemic suggesting that every tragic event cause long term mental illness. People who loose a child may be one of the most stressful experiences, but most times is lived with after a period morning. PTSD is a much too used term.

Now, as a veteran I can tell you that I feel many need help for what we used to call "battle fatigue." Some take advantage of claiming PTSD, while holding good jobs after discharge, because medical evaluation boards are lenient. I love our soldiers and our LEO's and want them cared for effectively, but not through moe entitlements being added by government.

My best regards if you are one who needs help.

Ordinary Joe @ 3/21/2014 5:29 AM

Sgt JJ, I agree with your position. I too am a vet but do not go back as far as you. Thank you for your service during a time of grat upheaval in our country.

Shook appears to be a symptom of our entitlement society. We must care for all and have great attitudes. Progressive ideology.

"I love our soldiers and our LEO's and want them cared for effectively, but not through more entitlements being added by government."

A true and profound statement.

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