City Officials Encouraged to Advocate for Passage of Public Safety Duty Disability Bill

March 21, 2022

The League has created an advocacy toolkit to help members advocate for legislation that would increase post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) education, prevention, and treatment for public safety employees.

The League is asking member city officials to engage in an advocacy effort to help secure passage of a bill that would address the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on public safety employees.

The League has compiled resources for cities willing to support this effort and, on March 17, launched the Public Safety PTSD Duty Disability Advocacy Toolkit. The toolkit contains a model resolution of support, a draft letter to legislators, a draft letter to the editor, and fact sheets with useful information that can be shared. The model resolution and draft letters may be customized to include city-specific information.

Access the Public Safety PTSD Duty Disability Advocacy Toolkit

About the legislation

The bill the League is working to advance, HF 4026 (Rep. Jamie Long, DFL-Minneapolis)/SF 3943 (Sen. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville), would implement some of the League’s legislative priorities for addressing trends related to public safety duty disability claims. It would increase PTSD education, prevention, and treatment, as well as funding for initiatives aimed at helping public safety employees.

The bill was heard on March 8 in the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee,where it was laid over for future consideration. It has not yet had a hearing in the Senate Labor and Industry Policy Committee, where it was heard upon introduction.

Read a previous article about HF 4026

The League is urging members to reach out to their local legislators to explain the impact of public safety duty disability claims on local communities and ask for support for the legislation.

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