Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI)

Labor Code 3212.15 - PTSI Presumption

(a) This section applies to all of the following:

  (1) Active firefighting members, whether volunteers, partly paid, or fully paid, of all of the following fire departments:
     (A) A fire department of a city, county, city and county, district, or other public or municipal corporation or political subdivision.
     (B) A fire department of the University of California and the California State University.
     (C) The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
     (D) A county forestry or firefighting department or unit.

  (2) Active firefighting members of a fire department that serves a United States Department of Defense installation and who are certified by the Department of Defense as meeting its standards for firefighters.

  (3) Active firefighting members of a fire department that serves a National Aeronautics and Space Administration installation and who adhere to training standards established in accordance with Article 4 (commencing with Section 13155) of Chapter 1 of Part 2 of Division 12 of the Health and Safety Code.

  (4) Peace officers, as defined in Section 830.1, subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 830.2, Section 830.32, subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 830.37, and Sections 830.5 and 830.55 of the Penal Code, who are primarily engaged in active law enforcement activities.

     (A) Fire and rescue services coordinators who work for the Office of Emergency Services.
     (B) For purposes of this paragraph, "fire and rescue services coordinators" means coordinators with any of the following job classifications: coordinator, senior coordinator, or chief coordinator.

(b) In the case of a person described in subdivision (a), the term "injury," as used in this division, includes "post-traumatic stress disorder," as diagnosed according to the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association and that develops or manifests itself during a period in which any member described in subdivision (a) is in the service of the department or unit.

(c) For an injury that is diagnosed as specified in subdivision (b):
   (1) The compensation that is awarded shall include full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits, as provided by this division.
   (2) The injury so developing or manifesting itself in these cases shall be presumed to arise out of and in the course of the employment. This presumption is disputable and may be controverted by other evidence, but unless so controverted, the appeals board is bound to find in accordance with the presumption. This presumption shall be extended to a member following termination of service for a period of 3 calendar months for each full year of the requisite service, but not to exceed 60 months in any circumstance, commencing with the last date actually worked in the specified capacity.

(d) Compensation shall not be paid pursuant to this section for a claim of injury unless the member has performed services for the department or unit for at least six months. The six months of employment need not be continuous. This subdivision does not apply if the injury is caused by a sudden and extraordinary employment condition.

(e) This section applies to injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2020.

(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.