A bill with bipartisan support at the State Capitol would guarantee confidentiality for first responders in peer counseling or debriefing. Cottage Grove Police Officer Mike Vandervort says public safety personnel respond to stressful events daily…

“These events can leave our responders with significant scars over the course of their careers. By providing an atmosphere where responders can come together and discuss how a critical incident has affected them in an environment where talking about their physical and emotional reactions are protected is vital.”

The measure comes in response to an increase in the number of first responders facing mental health stress on the job.