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New Arizona Law Makes Counseling Available for First Responders

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(Photo by Kate Sheehy - KJZZ News)

A new law passed during this year’s legislative session requires the state and its cities and towns to provide first-responders access to licensed counseling services, under certain circumstances.

Those include if they’ve been subjected to the use of deadly force, witnessed the death of a colleague, or responded to a dangerous crime against a child.

Arizona joins the list of states passing these kinds of laws.

Nancy Bohl-Penrod is the director of The Counselling Team International, which provides services to first responders and public safety personnel around the country.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.