If this bill passes it will give first responders working as a peer supporter the rights to confidential conversations. Hopefully encouraging all first responders to reach out more often.
g) California has a responsibility to ensure that its emergency service and public safety agencies are equipped with the tools necessary to assist correctional peace officers, parole officers, and firefighters to mitigate the occupational stress that they experience as a result of performing their job duties and protecting the public.
(h) It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature in enacting the Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services Pilot Program to enable critically needed, confidential peer support and crisis referral services for California’s correctional peace officers, parole officers, and firefighters.
(i) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting the Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services Pilot Program that a confidential communication made by emergency service personnel, a peer support team member, or crisis referral service staff remain confidential after the repeal of the pilot program.