The FAA and NATCA govern the CISD team according to Article 74 in the Bargaining Agreement signed in September 2009. Below is the Article in it's entirety:

Article 74

Section 1

The Agency has established a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program which is designed to proactively manage the common disruptive physical, mental and emotional factors that an employee may experience after a critical incident (e.g.. accidents/incidents, such as an aviation disaster with loss of life, the death of a coworker, acts of terrorism, bomb threats, exposure to toxic materials, prolonged rescue or recovery operations and natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes). Upon request, an employee involved in or witnessing a critical incident shall be relieved from operational duties as soon as feasible.

Section 2

The Agency's CISM Program is an educational process designed to minimize the impact of a critical incident on employees. It is not intended to evaluate employees in terms of gathering factual information about employee performance or to be a mechanism for psychological assessment.

Section 3

The CISM Program will include fifteen (15) Peer Debriefers appointed by the Union for the purpose of responding to critical incidents and providing peer support. From within this team, the Union, at the national level, will designate up to four (4) national CISM coordinators to work with jurisdictional EAP Managers to arrange for critical incident response.

Section 4

CISM training will be provided to the Union designees referenced in Section 3 of this Article on duty time, if otherwise in a duty status, and shall entitle the participants to travel and per diem allowances. The Agency agrees to adjust the schedule(s) of participants to allow them to participate in a duty status.

Section 5

Whenever the Agency determines to send out a CISM team, the Union designee shall be relieved, as soon as staffing and workload permits, from his/her duties to immediately proceed to the scene. The Agency shall adjust the Union designee's schedule to allow for travel and participation in CISM team activities on duty time. Travel and per diem expenses shall be authorized for the CISM team member.

Section 6

The Principal Facility Representative or his/her designee will be notified a reasonable time in advance whenever employees will be required to attend mandatory educational briefings as part of the CISM process, and will be provided the opportunity to attend.

Section 7

When a determination is made to conduct an educational briefing following a critical incident, all affected employees will be notified and will be required to attend. Upon completion of the mandatory educational briefing, employees will be notified that a licensed counselor from the Agency's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) contractor and a Peer Debriefer will be available for bargaining unit employees who request to participate in a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). An employee's participation in a CISD after the mandatory educational briefing is voluntary. The use of the EAP services will be provided in accordance with the provisions of Article 57 of this Agreement and applicable Agency directives. If requested, bargaining unit employees shall only receive peer support from other bargaining unit employees.

Section 8

Within one (1) year of the signing of this Agreement, the Parties shall develop and provide instructional material to all bargaining unit employees about the Agency's CISM program. Participants shall be on duty time, if otherwise in a duty status, and entitled to travel and per diem for the development of this material.

Section 9

The CISM Program shall be administered in accordance with applicable Agency directives and this Agreement.