Group releases annual 9/11 health report

BROOKLYN - Recommendations from a group formed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to study 9/11-related health issues have been gaining traction during the past year.

The city has committed $100 million to follow through on the counsel being provided by the World Trade Center Medical Working Group. On Thursday, the group released the 9/11 Annual Health Report.

The group's task has been to review research on all 9/11-related health issues, evaluate the current medical treatment options and make recommendations about what services and improvements are needed.

Among the advancements announced Thursday is a comprehensive Web site that provides information about research and services; financial assistance through the New York City benefit program for mental health and substance abuse services; and expanded treatment sites and services being offered by the WTC Environmental Health Center.

City officials are now launching a new ad campaign to try to reach more people who may be sick from exposure to toxic debris from the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The campaign will urge members of the public to seek treatment for 9/11-related health problems by contacting the environmental center or dialing 311.

Bloomberg and other New York officials have long argued that Washington should create a permanent treatment plan to care for first responders as well as area workers, residents, and students who may have been made sick.

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