STATEHOUSE (Jan. 24, 2017) — The House of Representatives today unanimously supported State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill that would provide confidentiality to first responders seeking help after involvement in a traumatic situation.
“Thirty other states have passed similar legislation, and the idea for Indiana came from Clay Fire Territory Chief Timm Schabbel,” Wesco said. “The law would ensure that these men and women, both first responders and service providers, have open lines of communication in these sensitive situations. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a challenge, not just for military personnel, but also for public safety personnel. These first responders can open up and speak freely with confidentiality and protection.”
House Bill 1122 would also protect the stress management service providers from being called forward to testify on what first responders disclose. It would provide immunity for those providing the services — such as being subpoenaed or being sued from some series of events that may occur.
Sen. Joe Zakas is the Senate sponsor on this bill.
Wesco’s bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, which
includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.
A high-resolution photo of Wesco can be downloaded by clicking here.