Connecticut Senate on Wednesday introduced last minute changes to a bill that would give workers compensation to first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Advocate of S.B. 164 has praised the legislation as a compromise between the unions and the first respondents, who call the benefits needed, and municipalities that worry about the compost would increase dramatically.
The bill states a number of qualified events – for example, killing or seeing a deadly body of a minor – that would make a mental injury compensable.
The new amendment extended the language for those who would qualify for benefits to more categories of first respondents, including parole officers and emergency medical responders. [1