Connecticut politicians and other state officials are grappling over the subject of expanded workers' compensation benefits for emergency responders in the public sector, with a bill addressing the topic having worked its way through a state House committee last month.
A similar bill was introduced last year in the Connecticut Senate. That legislation did not receive the requisite approval needed to move forward and was never enacted into law.
This time it's the House's turn, with that body's Public Safety Committee approving a would-be law that would enable first responders -- like teachers, police officers and fire fighters -- to apply for workers' comp benefits based on mental health issues. Most notably discussed has been post-traumatic stress disorder, which under the bill can open the door for benefits for an applicant deemed to have PTSD by a certified medical specialist, such as a psychiatrist.