Governor JB Pritzker signs into law new protections for physical, mental health of 1st responders | MCUTimes

Governor JB Pritzker signs into law new protections for physical, mental health of 1st responders

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) – Governor JB Pritzker on Thursday signed new legislation to protect the first responders mentally and physically.

One of the new laws allows courts to order community service as a form of punishment for violating Scott’s law, which says drivers approaching a vehicle with hazard lights on must slow down and move over. The law will enter into force on January 1, 2022.

“When we are in crisis, first responders show up with the tools, skills and courage to help us in an instant – without hesitation. It is our responsibility to give our heroes the protection and resources they need to do their part. work more securely, said Governor Pritzker. “I am proud to sign these three measures today, but I want to remind you: our strongest asset in protecting our law enforcement is not a law of books, but our people on earth. . This is a wake-up call for all Illinois residents. Your distracted driving can be someone else’s worst nightmare – and no text is worth it. “

Another bill signed by Governor Pritzker on Thursday will create an online resource page with a comprehensive collection of mental health resources specifically targeted at first responders.

The resource page will include crisis services, wellness, trauma information, nutrition, stress reduction, anxiety, depression, violence prevention, suicide prevention and drug use.

Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health to build the site with a targeted launch date in January 2022.

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