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Lead Author: Stern

Summary: First responders and firefighters encounter high-stress, traumatic situations while performing their life-saying duties. The long-term toll of this trauma can have enduring effects, often presenting as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder — a manageable condition that requires professional mental health treatment. SB542 classifies PTSD as a condition for which first responders may receive workers’ compensation, that could contribute to their treatment and recovery. This bill passed and was signed into law.