A NDP bill on how workers’ compensation deals with people living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was tabled in the Saskatchewan legislature Thursday.
Currently, workers who live with PTSD are investigated by WCB if they file a claim, even though they’ve been diagnosed by a professional.
Jennifer Chouinard is a PTSD advocate who was diagnosed with the disorder as a result of her job in social work.
She’s been fighting to get presumptive coverage because she feels being investigated twice is wrong.
“I get a lot of feedback from correction workers, and teachers, who have been denied WCB with their diagnosis,” she said. “They’ve been diagnosed with PTSD by multiple psychologists and are still denied.”
The Saskatchewan NDP is also asking for presumptive coverage, which means no investigation by WCB.
Manitoba has had the coverage since January, and Alberta brought it forward in 2012, but only for first responders.
“The process by WCB is repetitive,” said Chouinard. “The ultimate goal of getting presumptive coverage is to expedite treatment for sufferers with PTSD.”
Chouinard hopes the bills introduction is a starting point for people with PTSD to feel comfortable seeking help.
“I’ve spoken with both sides, and they’re committed to do the right thing for this workplace injury,” she said.
First reading of the bill happened in the Thursday session. It won’t be debated until the fall.