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CA Governor signs firefighter and peace officer mental health bills

Mental health support is coming for firefighters and first responders.

Posted: Oct 3, 2019 10:28 PM
Updated: Oct 3, 2019 10:42 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Mental health support is coming for firefighters and first responders. 

Governor Newsom signed a package of bills on Tuesday. Those offer additional mental health support to firefighters, such as peer support groups. The second law would make post-traumatic stress an injury eligible for worker's comp for both police and firefighters. 

A 2017 study found more firefighters and police nationwide died by suicide than in the line of duty. Cal Fire reps say they know of at least two firefighter suicides in Butte County. 

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