Columbus – Today, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) and Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) announced the reintroduction of Senate Bill 118. The bill would enable peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arising from employment without an accompanying physical injury to be eligible for compensation and benefits under Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law.

“Every day, we rely on our first responders to protect and save the lives of Ohioans,” said Senator Brown. “During the course of their careers, these brave men and women can be exposed to horrific situations, resulting in PTSD. They willingly put aside their own safety to secure ours; we owe them the ability to receive the proper treatment and care that they need.”

Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after an individual experiences a traumatic or life-threatening event. PTSD can happen to anyone; however, the percentage of people diagnosed with the disorder tends to be especially high among veterans and first-responders due to the nature of their work. PTSD can severely interfere with an individual’s ability to live normally, potentially leading to substance abuse, alcohol addiction, depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. If left untreated, the condition can worsen.

In the 131st General Assembly, Senator Brown and Representative Thomas Patton (R-Strongsville) introduced similar legislation (Senate Bill 5).

“Our first responders take care of us. Now it’s time for us to take care of them,” added Senator Brown. “This is a bipartisan issue, and I’m grateful that Senator LaRose has taken interest in pursuing passage of Senate Bill 118 with me. I urge my colleagues to recognize all of the good this bill does for an invaluable group of people.”

 
 
 
  
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