|Posted:||February 19, 2019 12:11 PM|
|From:||Representative Tina M. Davis and Rep. Michael H. Schlossberg|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Legislation Providing for Training Programs for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel and Firefighters to Better Assist Those with Mental Illness or Intellectual Disabilities|
|During an emergency, which is an already chaotic and stressful situation, emergency personnel may not be aware that an individual has a condition that would make the rendering of emergency services even more difficult. Individuals who have a mental illness, intellectual disability, or autism may respond differently or be disruptive as a result of certain stimuli or medical examinations.
According to the organization, Autism Speaks, EMS personnel and firefighters are often the first people on the scene during an emergency. I believe that providing proper training to EMS personnel and firefighters to deal with these situations would be of benefit to them and those they serve. Therefore, I will be introducing legislation that would amend Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include the following in training programs for EMS personnel and firefighters:
Please join me in supporting this important legislation.