Support services for firefighters, first responders, and veterans

As troubling trends relating to PTSD and suicide among firefighters, first responders, and veterans continue to rise, legislation was heard this week to provide more resources to help them better deal with the trauma they have experienced on the job.

Specifically, the bill establishes a grant program to provide mental health services, training for service dogs, and support services to family members. Grant applicants are required to submit their proposed uses for grant funds and are required to report their activities to the Commissioner of Human Services. This important legislation provides resources needed to help Minnesota’s brave heroes access necessary mental health support as they grapple with the indescribable situations encountered at their jobs. (SF 1109)