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Regardless of your occupation; civilian, first responder, or military, if you are at risk of developing a mental illness/injury as a result of your employment, this program is for you.
To provide you details about the PTSD Prevention Strategy, steps you can take to inform anyone internally in your organization who is working on your PTSD Prevention plan and provide information about how PSHSA is responding to the market needs.
THE PTSD PREVENTION STRATEGY
Since January 2016 PSHSA has been heavily involved with the Ministers Office and the Prevention Office on the PTSD Prevention Strategy. This strategy has four components:
1. Generating increased awareness about PTSD among first responders, their families and communities and eliminating stigma that prevents those from seeking help
2. Annual Leadership Summit which highlights best practices, recognizes leaders and monitors progress on PTSD Prevention
3. Free online toolkit with resources to support the Development of PTSD Prevention Plan
4. Grants for research that supports PTSD Prevention
PSHSA has been heavily involved in all of these activities including leading the development of the free online toolkit www.firstrespondersfirst.ca with Dr. Ash Bender, numerous marketing initiatives, conference presentations, participation in the annual leadership summit and submission of research grants to support PTSD Prevention.
On April 5, 2016 Ontario passed legislation called the Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act which amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. The amendment states that PTSD diagnosis in first responders is presumed to be work related. The diagnosis must be made by a psychiatrist or psychologist and be consistent with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). An amendment was also made to allow for the Minister of Labour to request and publish PTSD Prevention Plans from organizations covered under the presumption.
HOW WILL PLANS BE EVALUATED
At this point in time it has been recommended that the PTSD Prevention Plans will be evaluate utilizing the PTSD Framework and that employers will be provided feedback on how to improve their plans over time. Please note: the Prevention Office is still working on this and the specific details are still under development.
HOW PSHSA IS RESPONDING
The PTSD Prevention framework is designed to get organizations started and then help them improve over time. A Prevention Plan will help your organization:
– Understand the impact of traumatic exposures on workers and the workplace.
– Take steps to identify and implement prevention, intervention, recovery, and return to work strategies.
– Build a culture that promotes psychological health and safety in the workplace and breaks down stigma barriers.
In addition to ongoing updates to the www.firstrespondersfirst.ca website. PSHSA is offering the following solutions listed below.
Building a PTSD Prevention Plan Webinar $20
On April 23, 2017 organizations within the first responder community are being asked to submit their PTSD Prevention Plans to the Minister of Labour. This webinar will help organizations prepare for this by providing information about:
· Ontario’s PTSD Prevention Strategy
· The PTSD Prevention Framework, firstresponderfirst.ca toolkit and resources
to help you build a plan
· Components of a PTSD Prevention Plan
Getting Started PTD Policy Package $450
Do it yourself with a policy template package, developed by experts, that sets up your foundational PTSD Prevention Plan and Program. Policies included are:
· Organizational PTSD Policy
· PTSD Roles and Responsibilities
· Anti-Stigma Policy
· PTSD Training Policy
· Hazard Reporting and Screening Protocol
· Return to Work Policy
· Crisis Response and Management
Building a PTSD Prevention Community of Practice Workshop, 1 Day
$150/per organization (2 people max) or $1100 onsite
Come to a one day workshop where you will be able to work with a PSHSA expert to develop a PTSD Prevention Plan for your organization. This workshop will help you establish your organizational goals and roles and responsibilities. It will also help you identify the mechanisms you will use to recognize exposures, understand intervention options and establish crisis intervention management process. At this end of this session you will have an outline of your PTSD prevention plan, and prioritized elements from the action plan.
Customized PTSD Prevention Policies and Program Elements $150/per page
PSHSA consultants will work with your organization to develop customized PTSD Prevention Plan Policies or Program Elements.
PTSD Prevention Plan Development Establishing Organizational Commitment,
1-2 Hours $500/onsite
This customized session is focused on establishing executive leadership commitment to develop a comprehensive PTSD Prevention Plan. Upon completion you will have established organizational goals for addressing PTSD, understand barriers that may need to be addressed in your PTSD Prevention Plan and establish key messages for an organizational communications plan.
Organizational Readiness for PTSD Plan Development 1 Day $1650/onsite
This customized onsite session builds on the Establishing Organizational Commitment. Directors and managers from the organization participate in a one day workshop to complete an assessment of organizational readiness across all tiers of the PTSD Prevention Framework. Utilizing the results of the executive session the directors and managers will:
· Review organizational challenges and develop mitigation plans.
· Identify existing strategies, policies and programs that support the development of a PTSD Prevention Plan.
· Identify policies and procedures required for the organizations PTSD Prevention Plan.
If you have any questions send them to PTSDPlanInfo@PSHSA.CA