Author: Sen. Kevin D. Witkos, 8th Dist.
Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY Introduced by:
SEN. WITKOS, 8th Dist.
AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND WELLNESS TRAINING AND SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR POLICE OFFICERS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
1 That the general statutes be amended to: (1) Provide certain job 2 protections and assistance for specified public safety personnel, 3 including police officers, who seek or receive mental health services; 4 (2) prohibit municipalities or state agencies from discharging,
5disciplining, discriminating against or penalizing (A) specified public
6safety personnel because they seek or receive mental health services,
7and (B) police officers who, while receiving mental health treatment,
8return their firearms used in the performance of official duties to their
9law enforcement unit; (3) require a law enforcement unit to return a
10police officer's firearm used in the performance of the officer's official
11 duties when a licensed mental health provider, psychiatrist or
12psychologist determines the officer is ready for duty; (4) require the
13Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to develop
14and maintain a list of at least thirty mental health providers with
15training in treating police officers and expertise in
16stress disorder; (5) allow police officers who are diagnosed with post-
17traumatic stress disorder after being involved in a shooting or critical
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18incident to return to work within a year of the incident under certain
19conditions; (6) require the Police Officer Standards and Training
20Council to develop a model policy to support the mental health and
21wellness of police officers and require municipal police departments to
22adopt a policy that meets or exceeds such model policy's standards; (7)
23require the Division of State Police and Police Officer Standards and
24Training Council, in consultation with the Department of Mental
25Health and Addiction Services, to provide mental health care and
26wellness training and training in crisis intervention techniques to
27police officers hired on or after October 1, 2019; and (8) require the
28Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to establish
29and maintain a database of police officers who died by suicide and
30require each municipal police department to provide notice when one
31of its officers dies by suicide.
Statement of Purpose:
To promote mental health and wellness training and suicide prevention for police officers and other public safety personnel in the state.