APCO Welcomes Introduction of Important Wellness Legislation, the PROTECT 9-1-1 Act

Alexandria, VA — Today, U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL), Norma Torres (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Peter Meijer (R-MI) introduced the Providing Resources and Occupational Training for Emotional Crisis and Trauma in 9-1-1 Act, or the ‘‘PROTECT 9-1-1 Act.” If enacted, this bipartisan legislation would establish several measures to advance health and wellness for public safety telecommunicators including: establishing a system for tracking public safety telecommunicator suicides; developing best practices to identify, prevent, and treat posttraumatic stress disorder in public safety telecommunicators; developing resources to help mental health professionals better treat these personnel; and establishing grants for health and wellness programs in emergency communications centers.