State Sen. Dante Bartolomeo (D-13th District) joined Governor Dannel P. Malloy today as he signed legislation into law establishing a special fund to assist individuals who suffered psychological trauma as a result of their work related to the Dec. 14, 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Last week, Bartolomeo joined her colleagues in both houses of the General Assembly in a unanimous vote to approve the legislation H.B. 6599.
The Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund will be funded through private donations and provide support to volunteer and professional workers, including first responders, school employees, and others, who are suffering from mental health issues as a result of the tragedy. Traditional workers compensation does not currently cover most workers for exclusively mental injuries.
“While almost three months have passed, the anguish of that day is still raw for many. The creation of this fund will allow first responders, school employees, and other professionals and volunteers who so bravely responded to this horrific event to receive the support they deserve,” Malloy said.