Supporting Probation and Parole Officers and Bailiffs with PTSD
PTSD Presumption Would Help Expedite Treatment, Recovery and Return to Work
Ontario is proposing to increase support for probation officers, probation and parole officers, and bailiffs with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by putting in place a presumption that the PTSD is work-related. This would expedite access to benefits, resources and timely treatment.
Due to the nature of their jobs, probation and parole officers and bailiffs often face traumatic situations, and are more likely to suffer PTSD.
If a worker covered under the proposed presumption is diagnosed with PTSD by a psychiatrist or a psychologist, the worker's WSIB claim would be accepted. This would allow the worker to receive faster access to compensation and proper treatment, ultimately supporting positive recovery outcomes.
Supporting mental health in the workplace is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- The PTSD presumption currently covers first responders including police officers, firefighters, paramedics and others.
- PTSD involves clinically significant distress and impairment to functioning, and the development of certain types of symptoms following exposure to one or more traumatic events. It can include painful flashbacks, nightmares, outbursts, thoughts of suicide and feelings of worry, guilt or sadness.
- The proposed presumption would cover probation and parole officers and managers in the adult correctional system, probation officers, probation managers, and assistant probation managers in the youth correctional system.
“PTSD is a serious and debilitating injury. Probation and parole officers and bailiffs risk frequent exposure to traumatic stressors as a result of their jobs. In these cases, PTSD would be considered a work-related injury, and should be treated as such. We must be ready to help those who put their personal health and safety at risk while they are protecting us.”
“The men and women who work in our law enforcement system and keep our communities safe deserve to have the government’s full support when they seek help. They see and experience things that can have deep and lasting effects on their health. I am proud of the progress we have made in recognizing the seriousness of PTSD.”