04192018CM0592SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is working to advance legislation that would prevent the penalization of police officers for seeking mental health services.

Cullerton’s House Bill 5231 would clear the way for officers to remain employed if they have been a patient in a mental health facility but not been determined to pose a clear and present danger to themselves or others.  It would do so by removing a FOID card as a condition for employment.

“We want officers who have endured traumatic experiences to seek medical assistance without fear of losing their jobs,” Cullerton said.
Although the legislation protects officers that seek mental health services, it does not prohibit an employer from determining an officer's fitness to serve.

“Our law enforcement officers keep us safe. In doing so, they experience disturbing situations that may warrant their use of mental health services. This makes them human,” Cullerton said. “We are all safer if we make sure these officers have access to the proper mental health services to deal with the traumas they routinely face.”

The measure is an initiative of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, which said requiring a FOID card for law enforcement officers – many of whom are active service members and veterans of the armed forces – creates an unnecessary obstacle to receiving mental health treatment.

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the U.S. Cullerton, Chairman of the Illinois Senate Veterans Affairs Committee who served as an infantryman in the Army from 1990 to 1993, continues to work toward eliminating the veteran suicide epidemic in Illinois.

“Our veterans have taken care of us. Now it is our time to take care of them,” Cullerton said. “We should remove all obstacles to mental health treatment for our military veterans and public safety personnel.”

House Bill 5231 passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

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