Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Act, legislation she co-sponsored. This bill establishes a series of programs relating to the behavioral health of public-safety officers. It establishes a national database at the CDC on suicide incidences and provides grants for wellness programs within fire departments, emergency medical services agencies, and health care providers.
“Our public safety officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel often witness traumatic events while they are on the frontlines protecting and serving our communities,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I proudly cosponsored this bill and voted in favor of programs and resources that will help our first responders through difficult experiences and support their mental health. I will continue to advocate for those who give selflessly to their communities in service, and I applaud the House for coming together to pass this important legislation.”