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FDNY WTC Health Program I S S U E X V I II

Winter 2018

Did You Know? Facts About the FDNY WTC Health Program Since Sept 2001, how many FDNY WTC responders have had at least one WTC Medical (as of 11-30-17)?

15,081 FDNY WTC members have had at least one WTC Medical 11,824 FDNY WTC members have had eight WTC Medicals & 9,963 FD WTC members have completed 12 or more WTC Medical visits As of Nov 30, 2017, there have been 146,548 total FDNY WTC Medical Monitoring visits How many FDNY WTC Members have come in for a WTC Treatment visit ? Periodic shorter visits with FDNY WTC doctors & nurses. You decide the frequency of your WTC Treatment appointments based on severity of your diagnosed WTC issues & any newly developing symptoms WTC Counseling & Mental Health Treatment - confidential visits with Licensed CSU Counselors. If needed, your FD CSU Counselor can refer you to an FD WTC Treatment Psychiatrist or Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for more specialized care, which may include WTC-covered prescription medications As of Nov 30, 2017, 13,659 unique FD WTC members have scheduled one or more FD WTC Physical Health Treatment and/or FD WTC Counseling & Mental Health visits since start of FD WTC Program Are FDNY Fire and EMS WTC members using the WTC Prescription Plan? During the period from January to November of 2017 - FDNY Members filled 74,325 WTC prescriptions, totaling $ 19,914,768.00 How do I access WTC Treatment Services & prescriptions for WTC-covered medications? Zadroga Law - member must have approved WTC health certification for each of their WTC-related health issues. Law identified NIOSH (federal agency) to review and approve certification requests Once certified, referrals for free WTC Treatment services, such as - specialized testing (CT Scans, MRI, Endoscopy, etc); referrals to a specialist (ENT [Ear, Nose & Throat], Gastroenterologist, Pulmonary, etc); and prescriptions for WTCcovered medications treating that specific health issue, provided as needed WTC Prescriptions - Which pharmacies participate in the FDNY WTC Prescription Plan? Long-term meds – Home Delivery by Walgreens Mail Service / Short-term meds – any U.S. pharmacy What if one of my doctors (my family doctor or a WTC specialty doctor I am referred to) prescribes me a WTC-covered maintenance med – either as a prescription renewal or as a brand new long term med? Ask the doctor for one of the following – From the doctor’s electronic prescription system, a printed image of the prescription(s) or On doctor’s office letterhead, doctor indicates medication(s) and prescription details


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Dr. Kelly and Dr. Ortiz Retire from FDNY WTC Health Program Dr. Kerry Kelly worked as the Chief Medical Officer of FDNY for 36 years devoting her life’s work to our members health and well-being. She was instrumental in developing the FDNY WTC Health Program, fighting for funding and overseeing health and mental health services for our responders who courageously responded on 9/11. Dr. Viola Oritiz worked as Deputy Chief Medical Officer spending 30 years in service to our members. Her care, compassion, and tremendous medical expertise have made a lasting impact on her colleagues and patients. She and Dr. Kelly’s efforts have raised the bar for our Bureau of Health Services and will benefit FDNY members for generations to come.

WTC Mental Health: PTSD Symptoms from 9/11 Can Emerge as Current Life Stressors Increase Case studies on PTSD have documented that traumatic stress symptoms can emerge for the first time many years after a traumatic event has occurred. It has also been observed that a reoccurrence of symptoms can happen many years after successful treatment. We see this at the FDNY WTC Health Program with our members who have 9/11 related PTSD. Traumatic stress can be thought of as a cluster of symptoms that occur when an experience is too horrific or difficult for the nervous system to successfully manage and regulate. Many years after a traumatic event such as 9/11, when a life

stressor occurs, the undue strain that current event causes makes an individual vulnerable to traumatic stress symptoms. Challenges such as the death or illness of a significant other, a divorce or a major financial crisis are some that can cause symptoms. This phenomenon is good to keep in mind because it is one more reason to monitor your stress levels and make sure that you are not stretching yourself beyond reasonable limits, whether it is in your work life, with caregiving responsibilities, your finances, or any challenging life situation where a lot is being required of you.

Ways to Mind Your Stress Levels and Protect Your Mental Health: 1. Be Community Minded. Try thinking about your responsibilities with your extended family and community in mind. Who might share in your responsibilities to an ailing parent? Is it possible to share some responsibilities for your children’s transportation or care with other parents? 2. Recognize the Signs of

Stress. Not sleeping, increased use of alcohol or other substances, becoming easily angered, feeling down, or having a lack of energy can all be indications that you need to


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6. Seek Support. Whether it is from family, friends, or your community one of the bestways to manage stress is to put words to your experience and speak with other people.

build in more supports for yourself. 3. Learn to Prioritize. If you can set goals and get the most important things accomplished you will feel less overwhelmed by what can seem like a never ending todo list. 4. Appreciate Your Own Efforts. It is important to take a few moments to acknowledge your own hard work. Pause after you accomplish a task and take a moment to appreciate it. Also, keep in mind your good intentions, even when things don’t go perfectly. The fact that you tried is important to acknowledge.

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5. Practice Good Self-Care. Eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise and building in some time for relaxation is not an indulgence. In order to feel well or to be of service to your family or community you have to take care of yourself first.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress you may want to come in for an appointment with a counselor at the FDNY-CSU. Call any one of our five locations listed below or 212 570-1693.

If

FDNY-CSU Locations Lafayette

Staten Island

Address

251 Lafayette St. 3rd flr. New York, NY 10012

Call to make an appointment

212-570-1693

Ft Totten

Orange County

Brentwood

1688 Victory Blvd Building 413A Staten Island, NY Bayside, NY 10314 11364

2279 Goshen Turnpike Middletown, NY 10941

Suffolk County Community College 1001 Crooked Hill Rd. Brentwood, NY 11717

718-815-4111

845-695-1029

631-851-6888

718-352-2140

This program is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


FDNY WTC HEALTH PROGRAM 9 MetroTech Center, Room 2E-13 Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: 718-999-1858 E-mail: wtcmed@fdny.nyc.gov

FDNY WTC HEALTH PROGRAM When was the last time you came for your WTC Medical? Call 718-999-1858 to make your appointment. WTC Medicals are available annually to active members in Brooklyn (Metrotech) and retired members at all 5 locations. Not all testing is done On-Site at every location. Retirees, please use table below to find your location and testing information:

Brooklyn HQ

Fort Totten

Orange

Staten Island

Commack

County Address

9 MetroTech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201

Building 413B Bayside, NY 11364

2277 Goshen Turnpike Middletown, NY 10941

1688 Victory Blvd Staten Island, NY 10314

66 Commack Road Suite 200 Commack, NY 11725

Days

Tuesday — Friday & Occasional Sundays

Monday — Thursday

Monday & Fridays

Monday—Thursday

Monday—Friday Tuesday Treatment Only

Hours

8:00AM to

M&W

8:30AM to 3:00PM

8:00AM to

M, W & F

2:00PM

8:30AM to

3:30PM

8:00AM to 3:30 PM

2:45PM

TUE 8:00AM to

T & TH

1:30PM

9:00AM to 2:45PM Blood Tests

On-Site

On-Site

On-Site

Off-Site

Off-Site

X-Rays

On-Site

Off-Site

Off-Site

Off-Site

Off-Site

Referrals to nearby facilities for off-site tests will be given to you by a WTC nurse on the day of your appointment.

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