Hi Everyone. I want to let you know that in the new year, with the help of some amazing first responder and corrections peers, I will be forming a volunteer Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Reform Committee. Our goal is to develop a model that will be presented to WSIB Executives as well as Provincial and Federal Government Leaders, that will outline findings and recommendations which include (but are not limited to) the following:
1. Gross WSIB case-worker inconsistencies
2. Recommendations for the implementation of paid first responder and corrections consultants to assist with cultural understanding of our workplace
3. The implementation of a standardized algorithm used by all WSIB, short term disability, and long term disability case workers, employers and employees with respect to all first responder and corrections PTSD (operational stress injury) claims
4. Recommendations for first responder and corrections cultural education for WSIB case-workers
The goal of this committee is not only to assist with the stream-lining of the PTSD (operational stress injury) claims process for first responders and corrections workers post Bill 163, but to also assist WSIB case-workers who are not educated with respect to our workplace culture and individual needs.
This won’t be an over night process, and maybe there are other committees like this (but if you know me you know I don’t like waiting around to get stuff done!), but I have found that there is MUCH to be said for the combined efforts of experienced and passionate first responders and correction workers when it comes to making great positive changes to our overall mental health and wellbeing.
Stay tuned. I will be posting more information in the new year with how you can get involved. ~Nat
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