An effective stress management program can significantly enhance individual job performance by minimizing job-related and personal stresses. Stress management programs can be made available within the department, through outside sources, or from internal clinical services. Such programs may utilize self-management, trained peer-based programs, or professional sources of help. The various programs should be dependent upon the degree of stress and type of assistance that is required. Stress management programs for uniformed personnel should address issues such as: job stress; family relations; financial or legal concerns; and personal concerns or fears related to issues such as infectious disease exposure or post-traumatic stress disorder.
The table below contains information on each department’s stress management program.
|DEPARTMENT||STRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM|
|Fairfax County||Crisis Response Team|
Behavior Health Coordinator
On scene traumatic stress management
|Los Angeles County||Yes|
|Metro Dade County||N/A|
|New York City||Counseling Services Unit (CSU)|
member Fire Dept. CISM Team, City EAP Programs
|Mesa||Department Chaplain, CISM team and Employee Assistance Program|
|Narragansett||Member access to CISD, EAP|
|Port Moody||CISM handled by Fire Department Padre|
|Prince George’s County||Health care provider and County program|
|San Diego||Yes – through EAP|
|Tualatin Valley||The Behavioral Health Specialist is well-versed in critical incident stress management/debriefing|