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REP. SCOTT SANFORD FILES LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE FIRST RESPONDERS SUFFERING FROM PTSD AN INCREASED LEVEL OF JOB SECURITY  print page

by: Rep. Sanford, Scott
03/04/2019

AUSTIN, TX – Today, Rep. Scott Sanford filed H.B. 2969 to provide first responders with an increased level of job security and treatment if suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental illnesses.

"First responders take exceptional risks daily to ensure safety in our communities. These brave men and women experience tremendous trauma in their respected fields, which can alter their lives entirely," said Representative Sanford. "It is imperative that first responders do not fear repercussions when asking for assistance with a mental health related issue. This bill will assure first responders that they are supported and treated fairly by their employers."

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 30 percent of first responders develop behavioral health conditions such as depression and PTSD, a 10 percent increase over the general population. Additionally, firefighters have a higher attempt and ideation rate of suicide than the general population, and in law enforcement it is estimated that between 125 and 300 police officers commit suicide every year. 1

“I want our officers to be able to seek help without fear of retaliation or discrimination,” Charley Wilkison, CLEAT Executive Director, said. “Ultimately, H.B. 2969 will help our first responders with suicide prevention and negotiating the incredible stress that comes from just doing their jobs: protecting and serving Texas communities.”

Scott is a life-long Texan, and a Baylor Bear for about half of that time. He earned BBA and MTax degrees, and maintains a CPA license in the State of Texas. He currently serves on the Ways & Means, Public Education, and House Administration Committees. Scott has served Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, TX since 1997 and is currently an Executive Pastor. He married Shelly Parks in 1987. They live in McKinney, the heart of the 70th House District. Their son Ryan, daughter-in-law Jaclyn, their daughter Lauren, and son-in-law Andrew are all Baylor graduates. Scott is currently serving his fourth term.

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