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Cleveland (OH) EMS Step Closer to PTSD Coverage, Back Pay

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Paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers in Cleveland (OH) will receive nearly $4 million in back pay and mental health language in their contract that addresses post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The pact, approved by the union but still needs to be approved by the city council, has been under negotiations since March 2016, Cleveland 19 News reports.

The agreement includes about $3.7 million in back pay.


The new policy will allow more time for crews to process traumatic calls, with up to three shifts of paid leave.

CARE Union President Paul Melhuish said Cleveland EMS may be one of the first in the nation to have mental health coverage specific to PTSD in its contract.