ONTARIO WANTS BETTER TREATMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS WITH PTSD

Feb 18, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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The Wynne government introduced legislation today that will allow first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder – to get faster and easier access to benefits and treatment in Ontario.

The proposed law presumes that P-T-S-D in first responders is work-related.

That means the emergency workers don’t have to prove a “causal link” when they approach the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Police, firefighters, paramedics, correctional workers, emergency dispatchers and First Nations emergency response teams would all be covered – under the new legislation.

Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn says first responders are at least twice as likely to suffer P-T-S-D as people in the general population.

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