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AB-2131 Emergency ambulance employees: mental health treatment.(2019-2020)

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 Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 1799.300) is added to Division 2.5 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

CHAPTER  13. Mental Health Services for Emergency Ambulance Employees
 (a) An emergency ambulance provider shall provide an emergency ambulance employee, upon the employee’s request, in-person mental health treatment for critical incident stress management or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a qualified professional who is trained in the areas of critical incident stress management or PTSD. The treatment shall be in addition to the mental health services the employee is entitled to receive pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 880) of Part 2 of Division 2 of the Labor Code.
(b) For purposes of this section, all of the following definitions apply:
(1) “Critical incident” means an event that has a significant amount of emotional power sufficient to overwhelm a person’s ability to cope with a situation, including, but not limited to, witnessing suicide, death or serious injury, natural disasters, multiple casualties, traumatic events involving children, or threats to employees.
(2) “Emergency ambulance employee” means a person who meets both of the following requirements:
(A) Is an emergency medical technician (EMT), dispatcher, paramedic, or other licensed or certified ambulance transport personnel who contributes to the delivery of ambulance services.
(B) Is employed by an emergency ambulance provider.
(3) “Emergency ambulance provider” means an employer that provides ambulance services, but not including the state, or any political subdivision thereof, in its capacity as the direct employer of a person meeting the description contained in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2).