COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) and Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) today announced the introduction of legislation that will ensure Ohio’s brave first responders get the coverage they deserve to aid in their recovery arising from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 “This legislation will provide avenues of relief for peace officers and firefighters who have valiantly served the public and suffer from PTSD originating from the performance of their duties,” said Senator LaRose. “This commonsense change gives our brave men and women time to recover and help them begin the journey back to work."

This legislation would make peace officers, firefighters and EMTs diagnosed with PTSD, arising from their employment without having sustained an accompanying physical injury, eligible for covered treatment and compensation within the Ohio Workers' Compensation Law.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after an individual experiences a traumatic or life-threatening event. Due to the nature of their work, first-responders and veterans are at greater risk of being diagnosed with PTSD. This legislation removes the current barriers in place that are preventing individuals from getting covered treatment and compensation while they are recovering.

This legislation, Senate Bill 118, will soon be referred to a committee for further consideration.

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