Presumptive Coverage for PTSD Available July 1

As of July 1, 2019, all workers in the province who are covered by the workplace injury system will be eligible for presumptive coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for injuries occurring on or after this date.

The legislation proclaimed in December 2018, presumes workers to have developed their diagnosed PTSD as a result of a traumatic event or multiple events at work.

The diagnosis must be made by a psychiatrist or registered psychologist using the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

This change brings Newfoundland and Labrador in line with the important movement taking place across the country to update workers’ compensation legislation to recognize work-related mental health injuries.