SB 708

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Author: Sen. Kevin D. Witkos, 8th Dist.

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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 post-traumatic

16stress disorder; (5) allow police officers who are diagnosed with post-

17traumatic stress disorder after being involved in a shooting or critical

Proposed Bill No. 708

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.