The World Trade Center Health Program is a health program launched in July 2011 to provide medical monitoring and treatment to 9/11 first responders and survivors who suffer health conditions in the World Trade Center terrorist attack—especially from exposure to the toxic dust caused by the collapse of the Twin Towers—as well as the Pentagon, and the crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
First responders include those who worked or volunteered in onsite rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup, or related support services in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Those included who may be eligible for WTC Health Program benefits include:
- New York City firefighters (NYFD) involved in the rescue and recovery efforts, as well as surviving family members who may be eligible for mental health treatment
- World Trade Center (WTC) general responders who worked or volunteered onsite in rescue, recovery, debris cleanup, or related support services:
- New York City police (NYPD)
- Port Authority police (PAPD)
- Port Authority tunnel workers, including vehicle maintenance workers
- Employees of the Chief Medical Examiner of NYC or other morgue workers
- Those who performed rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup, or other related services at the Pentagon or the Shanksville crash site
Survivors of the terrorist attack in New York City may also be eligible for benefits from the WTC Health Program. Eligible participants include those who lived, worked, went to school, or attended child or adult day care in the New York City disaster area on September 11th within a certain timeframe following the attack.
Treatment is provided through Clinical Centers of Excellence (CCE) in the New York metro area as well as National Provider Network (NPN) for those outside the metropolitan area.
In addition to providing medical treatment and monitoring benefits, the WTC Health Program “conducts scientific research to better identify, diagnose, and treat physical and mental health conditions related to 9/11 exposures.”