Service Provider Standards
One of the largest, if not THE largest issue that responders have in finding appropriate treatment for a mental injury, is finding a provider that understands what our normal is.
The Alberta Paramedic Association Health and Wellness dept has worked diligently with many stakeholders over the last few years to not only recommend a standard level of training in order to treat paramedicine practitioners, but also offer cultural competency education for professionals who treat paramedics.
This work has resulted in:
- The development of a mental health service provider registry
- The development of standards for psychotherapy service providers
For more details please see our standards document:
Results from a national study on the mental health of public safety personnel were released by a team of researchers with the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment, led by University of Regina psychology professor, Dr. Nick Carleton.
Carleton says the survey, entitled “Mental Disorder Symptoms Among Public Safety Personnel in Canada,” was designed to clarify the scope and impact of mental health symptoms reported by diverse Canadian public safety personnel, including correctional workers, call centre operators, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, and police.
To read the full journal article visit:
Blue Paper: Peer Support and Crisis Focused Intervention Programs
Effective the 10th of December 2012 first responders who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are eligible for presumptive coverage through the Workers Compensation Board of Alberta. More information.