An Act To Compensate Corrections and Mental Health Workers for Injuries and Illness Suffered While Working
Sec. 1. 39-A MRSA §204-A is enacted to read:
§ 204-A. Compensation payable from date of incapacity
(1) Mental health and behavioral health services; or
(2) Developmental disability services.
Under current law, compensation for incapacity to work is not payable for the first 7 days of incapacity, except that firefighters receive compensation from the date of incapacity. This bill provides that, when incapacity results in the course of employment from an assault by a person under the employee's care or from an infectious disease transmitted to the employee by a person under the employee's care, compensation is payable from the date of incapacity for corrections officers, employees of state mental health institutes and employees of the Department of Health and Human Services who provide direct care to individuals through mental health and behavioral health services or developmental disability services.