A bill that will allow first responders who are exposed to repeated violence, death and trauma to file for workers’ compensation is one step closer to becoming law. House Bill 1229, Workers’ Compensation for Mental Impairment, passed its third reading in the Colorado Senate April 19 with a vote of 28-6, with no amendments. Once signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, first responders will be able to file workers’ compensation claims, allowing them to be diagnosed and receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder due to on-the-job exposure.
“When I learned that our first responders were not able to file a claim and receive treatment for PTSD I was immediately in support of sponsoring (the bill),” said Democratic Sen. Nancy Todd, who co-sponsors the bill with Reps. Jonathan Singer, a Democrat, Rep. Jon Becker, a Republican and Sen. John Cooke, a Republican and retired police sheriff.