AN ACT RELATING TO POST‑TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND STATE POLICE OFFICERS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 3 V.S.A. § 1004a is added to read:
§ 1004a. CRITICAL INCIDENTS AND POST‑TRAUMATIC STRESS
(a) The commissioner of public safety shall engage in a cooperative effort to identify and address issues associated with critical incidents and post‑traumatic stress disorder for department of public safety employees.
(b) A committee to address issues associated with critical incidents and post‑traumatic stress disorder for department of safety employees shall meet not less than three times annually and present a report to the house committee on government operations by January 15th of each year. The committee shall be comprised of the following members: the Vermont state police field force commander or designee; the director of the Vermont state employees’ association or designee; one employee of public safety who is not a law enforcement officer, appointed by the director of the Vermont state employees’ association; the chair of the Vermont state police union; one member of the state police union appointed by the chair of the union; the team leader of the department peer support team; the personnel administrator for the department or designee; and the person serving as the department clinical psychologist or designee.
(c) The committee shall:
(1) evaluate existing programs, education, training needs, process, and department policies that address issues of recognition of symptoms of acute stress reaction, and of critical incident or post‑traumatic stress effect on employees;
(2) review current and best practices in the field of critical incident response and treatment and post‑traumatic stress disorder impact, response, and treatment for department employees; and
(3) regularly share information with the law enforcement advisory board and other interested law enforcement groups.
Sec. 2. SUNSET
Sec. 1 of this act (critical incident and post‑traumatic stress disorder committee) shall be repealed on March 1, 2011.
The Vermont General Assembly
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