Town Heals and Remembers

Sandy Hook Assistance Program Accepting Applications

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Monday, Apr 1, 2013  |  Updated 3:55 PM EDT
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Sandy Hook first responders, teachers, and others who have suffered the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are getting some much needed help.

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Sandy Hook first responders, teachers, and others who have suffered the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are getting some much needed help.

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Just two weeks after Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law that will help the first responders, teachers and others who have suffered the effects of post-traumatic stress after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, applications for the program are being accepted.

 
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers formed The Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund, which is expected to help between 150 and 200 people.
 
The fund, which went into effect today, will be administered by the state, but funded through private donations.
 
The fund was set up because existing workers compensation laws don't allow first responders and others to take time off for post-traumatic stress disorder and this legislation offers people directly affected by the tragedy the financial safety net to take the time off- to cope.
 
The Judicial Branch’s Office of Victim Services began accepting applications on Monday.

Information about the fund is available through the Judicial Branch’s website.

 
For more information, call the External Affairs Division at 860-757-2270.

The United Way will also take donations from the public.

Applications are being accepted until June 30, 2014.

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