Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or other violent personal assault. On March 27, 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Florida Senate Bill 376 that extends Workers’ Compensation indemnity benefits to first responders with work-related PTSD. SB 376 outlines the specific qualifying events, exposures, and diagnosis needed for a compensable workers’ compensation claim. The new law goes into effect October 1, 2018.
An additional provision of the bill is a requirement for employing agencies of first responders to provide educational training related to mental health awareness, prevention, mitigation, and treatment. The materials on this web page outline a framework for employing agencies to build upon to comply with the educational requirement in the new state law.
To download the unbranded version of these materials so that you may customize them for your organization, click here: Training Materials (.zip)
For questions regarding the training material or other provisions of SB 376, email Brittany.ONeil@myfloridacfo.com.
For questions relating to State Fire Marshal rules and training, email Mike.Tucker@myfloridacfo.com.