DSNY Mohammad Aburmeileh in Staten Island. August 2010.

The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) for DSNY Employees and Retirees

The WTCHP provides medical treatment (including diagnostic testing and prescription drugs) at no out-of-pocket cost to Department of Sanitation employees who participated in 9/11 recovery and cleanup efforts, or who were exposed to dust and smoke on the job.

There are two programs. Your work location and job duties will determine your eligibility. Here are some general guidelines.


Rich Taylor, keeping the dirty clean in the Bronx. August 2009.

The Responder Program – Medical Monitoring and Treatment

Work Location – To qualify for this program, you need to have worked in the area south of Canal Street to the tip of Manhattan, or have worked transporting or processing debris at Fresh Kills or at the barge loading piers. Also, if you worked in other locations, cleaning and maintaining vehicles contaminated by WTC dust and debris, you qualify.

Job Duties – Recovery, cleanup, inspection, disposal and transportation of WTC debris, and WTC-related vehicle maintenance, repair and cleaning.

Symptom or health problem not needed – If you were a Responder, you do not need to have a 9/11-related health problem in order to enroll. The program automatically entitles you to yearly monitoring visits. If you develop a 9/11-related illness, you will receive the necessary diagnostic testing and treatment, including mental health care. All monitoring and treatment services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to you.



The Survivor Program – TreatmentMap of affected zone

Work Location – Your work location could have been anywhere south of Houston Street to the tip of Manhattan or any area of Brooklyn that is 1.5 miles from the World Trade Center site. (This includes areas of Brooklyn – see map.)

Job Duties – Any non-recovery and cleanup job in the area, including clerical and administrative duties in the garages.

Time worked in the area – Anytime during the period from September 11, 2001 through July 31, 2002.

Symptom or health problem needed to apply – In order to enroll in the Survivor Program, you must have a 9/11-related health problem or symptom. Common examples are: trouble breathing, asthma, sinus problems, persistent coughing, heartburn, GERD (reflux), anxiety and depression. You will need an evaluation in order to enroll, which is provided at no cost. If you are found to have a 9/11 certified condition, you will receive treatment (including prescriptions) at no out-of-pocket cost.