SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Governor JB Pritzker has signed a new bill that’s focused on suicide prevention for first responders.
House Bill 2766 establishes a peer support program for all first responders, with a focus on wellness and suicide prevention.
The new law also creates the first bipartisan First Responder Suicide Prevention Task Force. The task force is made up of fire fighters, law enforcement, mental health providers and legislators from both parties.
“The men and women who dedicate their lives to the protection of their neighbors do so under extremely stressful situations that few others can truly understand,” said Sen. Terry Link (D-Indian Creek). “Ensuring there are services available when needed shows our brave first responders that even if they face these tough working conditions, they aren’t alone.”
The task force will submit its report to the General Assembly by January 1, 2020. HB 2766 takes effect immediately.