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File #: 59844    Version: 1 Name: Support allowing police officers and firefighters to make workers' compensation claims for post-traumatic stress disorder under expanded circumstances.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/3/2020 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 3/17/2020 Final action: 3/17/2020
Enactment date: 3/20/2020 Enactment #: RES-20-00226
Title: In support of state legislation to allow police officers and firefighters to make workers' compensation claims for post-traumatic stress disorder under expanded circumstances.
Sponsors: Grant Foster, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Shiva Bidar, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Syed Abbas, Christian A. Albouras, Samba Baldeh, Sheri Carter, Tag Evers, Keith Furman, Patrick W. Heck, Zachary Henak, Rebecca Kemble, Lindsay Lemmer, Arvina Martin, Donna V. Moreland, Sally Rohrer, Marsha A. Rummel, Michael J. Tierney, Michael E. Verveer
Fiscal Note
No appropriation required.
Title
In support of state legislation to allow police officers and firefighters to make workers' compensation claims for post-traumatic stress disorder under expanded circumstances.
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WHEREAS, law enforcement officers and firefighters experience traumatic events at a greatly elevated rate, resulting in an elevated incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and,

WHEREAS, under existing Wisconsin statutes, if a law enforcement officer or firefighter receives a diagnosis of PTSD, and the mental injury that resulted in PTSD is not accompanied by a physical injury, that officer or firefighter may not receive workers’ compensation benefits or duty disability unless they can demonstrate that the PTSD resulted from unusual stress of greater dimensions than the day-to-day emotional strain and tension that similarly-situated employees must experience; and,

WHEREAS, the vast majority of instances of PTSD among law enforcement officers and firefighters are the result of circumstances that do not meet this statutory requirement, and thus current statute deprives Wisconsin law enforcement officers and firefighters of essential healthcare and benefits; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Madison values its public safety officers and believes that, in the interest of fairness, public safety officers should have access to such benefits; and,

WHEREAS, such measures help ensure mental wellness among public safety officers, which is in the interest of all Madison residents; and,

WHEREAS, the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee report, which has been accepted by the Madison Common Council, specifies in recommendation #159 that "The City of Madison should advocate for changes in Wisconsin State Statutes to allow law enforcement officers to receive workers’ compensation and duty disability for PTSD acquired as a result of the day to day traumas and stresses of police work, as outlined in recently in...

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