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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed into law a bill that will require the state to create an advisory council that will identify evidence-based tools to track the trauma of COVID-19 on frontline workers.
A.B. 10629, which passed the state Assembly and Senate in July, amends the state’s mental hygiene laws to establish a volunteer council focused on identifying mental health supports for frontline workers. The law requires the commissioners of the state departments of labor, health, aging, developmental disabilities, addiction services, corrections and children and family to participate in the council, along with members appointed by the governor, speaker of the assembly and president of the state senate.
The council is required to identify the traumas experienced by health care workers, first responders, public safety, direct care, food service and transportation workers, and identify or develop training opportunities for organizations on how to support the mental health and wellness of their impacted employers. The council is also required to identify evidence-based, trauma-informed support resources and identify a mechanism to inform and refer affected frontline workers to behavioral health services and support.
The law, which went into effect immediately, requires the council to be established within 30 days.
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