Legislation to meet the mental health needs of COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders is being introduced by State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton).
Bucco’s bill will require the creation of a state program to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health needs similar to those implemented after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
“Our healthcare heroes are on the front lines fighting the worst pandemic we have seen in a century. While the physical toll of combating COVID-19 day in and day out is exhausting, the mental toll is devastating, and can be deadly,” said Bucco. “We must ensure that our hospital workers and first responders have the proper tools and resources they need to cope with the trauma and stress they have endured.”
Bucco said that doctors, nurses and other first responders “have been witness as countless personal tragedies have unfolded before them for days and weeks on end.”
“They are heroes to us all, but they are also human and need our support,” the Morris County Republican stated. “After caring for so many others, it’s our duty to ensure they have the counseling and care they deserve.”