On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill requiring the state to create an advisory council that will identify evidence-based tools to track COVID-19 trauma on frontline workers.
A.B. 10629, which passed the state legislature and senate in July, amends state mental health laws to establish a volunteer council that focuses on identifying mental health support for front-line workers. The law requires the commissioners of the state departments of work, health, aging, developmental disabilities, substance abuse services, corrections, and children and families to attend the council, along with members appointed by the governor, the president of the church, and the president of the state. Senate.
The Council is required to identify the traumas experienced by healthcare professionals, first-time inspectors, public safety, direct care, food service and transport workers and to identify or develop training opportunities for organizations on how to support mental health and well-being in their affected employers. The Council is also required to identify evidence-based, trauma-informed support resources and to identify a mechanism for informing and referring affected frontline workers to behavioral health services and support.
The law, which entered into force immediately, requires the Council to be established within 30 days.
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