NEW HARTFORD, IOWA – This week, Sens.
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, and Jon
Ossoff (D-Ga.) saw their bipartisan bill that seeks to improve public safety
signed into law. The TBI and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act will fund
training programs to help law enforcement better recognize, understand and
assist individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) or post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD).
“I’m glad our bipartisan TBI and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act
has been signed into law. It will help provide training to law enforcement on
how to recognize symptoms of traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress
disorder so they can better assist people with these conditions, which in turn
will help improve public safety. I’m grateful for police and all first
responders who are willing to confront unpredictable emergency situations in
service to their communities,” Grassley
“I am pleased the president has signed
into law my legislation funding local law enforcement and mental health care.
Georgia communities deserve and demand safety, and my bill — now law — will
make Georgia a safer place to live,” Ossoff
The law will fund new training programs
to help first responders better recognize and assist individuals with PTSD or a
TBI, which contribute to approximately three million
emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths each year. These
trainings would be included in the Police Mental Health Collaboration Kit – a
no-cost training tool that provides resources for law enforcement agencies to
effectively respond to calls for service.
Grassley and Ossoff’s bill is widely
supported by law enforcement and mental health organizations, including the
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
(FLEOA), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), Major County Sheriffs of
America (MCSA), National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), National
Narcotics Officers’ Associations’ Coalition (NNOAC), National Sheriffs
Association (NSA), Sergeants Benevolent Association NYPD (SBA), National
District Attorneys Association (NDAA), National Association of State Head
Injury Administrators (NASHIA), Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act passed
the Senate with bipartisan support earlier this month. Full text of the bill is