Golden’s bill to help emergency responders get help for PTSD signed by governor

July 26, 2017

Rep. Jared Golden

AUGUSTA – A bill sponsored by Assistant House Majority Leader Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, to help emergency responders get the help they need when diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was signed into law Monday by Gov. Paul LePage.

“Law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel put their lives on the line to protect and serve us and in doing so they are frequently confronted with tough experiences that many of us will never have to go through,” said Golden. “These men and women always have our backs and we should have theirs. Making it easier to access assistance for PTSD is one way we can do that and I'm very pleased that the Governor agrees and signed this bill into law.”

This bill, LD 848, sets out a presumption that, due to the nature of emergency response work, if Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is diagnosed in one of these professionals, it can be presumed that the diagnosis is work-related. This means the diagnosis qualifies under workers’ compensation.

Golden is serving his second term in the Maine House and represents part of the city of Lewiston. He is the Assistant House Majority Leader.

Contact:

Lindsay Crete [Golden], cell 231-1442