This article was originally published in December, 2015 in the Minnesota Police Journal. PTSD was and continues to be an important topic with major implications for Minnesota’s first responders who suffer from PTSD. In October of 2013, the Minnesota workers’ compensation law recognized post-traumatic stress disorder as a covered or compensable injury for purposes of workers’ compensation law. Since then, law makers continue to fight for the rights and benefits of Minnesota’s first responders as well as continue to raise awareness of PTSD, including the re-introduction of a crucial bill in the 2017 legislative session that directly affects first responders who suffer from PTSD.
Written by Dr. Michael Keller, Ph.D and published in the Minnesota Police Journal
There have been some important changes regarding the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and these changes have a significant effect on those employed as licensed Minnesota Peace Officers relative to such matters as eligibility for disability benefits under the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), the Minnesota State Retirement Association (MSRS), and workers’ compensation. Due to changes in Minnesota Law taking place over the past few years, it is now the case that Minnesota Peace Officers must meet the diagnostic standards for PTSD as indicated in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5, 2013), whereas previously, the diagnostic criteria for PTSD as indicated in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition, Text Revised (DSM-IV-TR, 2000) have been relied upon for the determination of the diagnosis of PTSD.