Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf recently signed several bills into law including HB 1459, which establishes a mental wellness and stress management program for emergency responders who experience post-traumatic stress injuries or traumatic brain injuries on the job. The legislature passed the bill unanimously.
“This COVID-19 emergency has been another reminder of how all of us depend on first responders during a crisis,” said Gov. Wolf. “First responders face traumatic situations on the job that can have lasting consequences and this new program gives them access to the help they need. It is the right thing to do and I’m proud to sign the legislation.”
Support for first responders under the bill includes peer-to-peer programs, training for peer support efforts, a toll-free helpline, statewide and regional stress management support, trauma and suicide awareness training, and support for nonprofit organizations offering the services.
“We know that some groups are more likely to suffer from serious mental health issues and suicide,” said Rep. Mike Schlossberg. “Our first responders are in that category. We must do more to protect our heroes and I am grateful to the governor for his support of these efforts.”
Source: PA Governor’s Office