Applying for Disability

As a participant in the CORP, the benefits that are available to you vary depending on your Membership Tier and during the course of your career there may come a time that due to injury or illness, you are unable to perform your duties.  Should that occur, CORP provides disability pension benefits that you may become eligible to receive, which may be payable for lifetime, as long as eligibility is maintained pursuant to statute.  As with all benefits, you may reference the CORP Member Handbook for additional information and/or you may contact your Local Board to initiate the disability determination process.

If you are not certain who the Local Board contact person is, please Contact Us.

The CORP provides the following disability pension types, each with different qualifications and requirements as outlined below:

Disability Type

Service Related?

Qualifications

Taxability

Additional Requirements

Ordinary 

Non-job related 

Physical condition totally and permanently prevents you from performing a reasonable range of duties within your department

 

Mental condition that totally and permanently prevents you from engaging in any substantial gainful activity 

Fully taxable to the member

Cannot be eligible for a normal retirement

 

Dispatchers disabled on/after September 21, 2006 and non-dispatchers disabled on/after September 26, 2008 may qualify

Accidental

Service Related 

Physical or mental condition which totally and permanently prevents you from performing a reasonable range of duties within your department and incurred in the performance of your duties and was the result of any of the following:

 

1.  Physical contact with inmates, prisoners, parolees or persons on probation, or

2. Responding to a confrontational situation with inmates, prisoners, parolees or persons on probation, or

3. A job-related motor vehicle accident while on official business, except that if an employee is found guilty of violating a personnel rule or in violation of state or federal law

Fully or partially taxable to the member

Total & Permanent

Service Related

Physical or mental condition which totally and permanently prevents you from engaging in any gainful employment and is the direct and proximate result of the  performance of your duties

Fully taxable to the member 

 

Disability Determination Process

Determining your eligibility for a disability pension is a multistep process, which is handled by your local board.  Below highlights that process.  However, your local board may have specific policies and procedures/rules in place when it comes to applying for a disability.  You will need to contact your local board to initiate the disability determination process.

Rehearing of Local Board Decision

When your local board renders a decision on your application for disability and you disagree with the decision that was made, under statutes you do have the ability to request a rehearing on the matter.  In order to make a request for rehearing, the conditions must be met:

  • Your request must be in writing and sent directly to your local board, highlighting your reasoning for why your local board should reconsider their original decision.
  • The request must be made within 60-days of either being in attendance at the meeting where the decision was made, receiving notification of the board’s action via certified mail or by receiving benefits, whichever occurs first.

Disability Follow-Up

  • The local board may require periodic medical re-evaluations until you reach what would have been your normal retirement.  Disability pensions terminate if the local board finds that you no longer meet the requirements for the benefit.

Step 1: File Application for Disability

Once you have determined which one of the 4 disability types you feel you may qualify for, your first step is to meet with your Local Board Secretary to make a formal application for disability.  As part of the application, you will need to identify your physicians who have treated you for your noted disabling condition.  Additionally, you will need to provide all the medical documentation associated with the disabling condition.

Step 2: Local Board Meets to Determine If Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) is Warranted

Once you have submitted your complete disability application, your local board will meet to review the application and medical documentation to determine if sufficient evidence exists to warrant continued consideration of disability pension.  If so, your local board will take official action to appoint a physician to conduct an IME. Dependent on the circumstances of your application, if sufficient evidence does not exist, your board may table your application pending additional documentation or, they may take action to deny the application in its entirety.   If denied, you have rehearing rights under PSPRS statutes.

Step 3: Meet with Local Board Appointed IME Doctor (If Local Board Approved the Action)

While each Local Board may have differing processes or procedures to handle the administration of IME(s) for their members, you will be required to meet with their appointed physician in order to have the evaluation conducted in accordance with statutes.  This Physician will be evaluating your condition/injury in relation to the duties and responsibilities of your position and/or department based on the type of disability benefit you are applying for.

Step 4: Local Board Reviews IME Report to Render a Decision

After receipt of the Medical Board’s medical evaluation, your Local Board will meet to further consider your application.  At this point, your board needs to determine whether your condition/injury, based on their IME doctor’s report, meets the statutory requirement for potential approval. If approved, you will work with your Local Board Secretary to finalize all remaining paperwork required to initiate any benefits.  If your application is denied at this point, you still have rehearing rights under PSPRS statutes.

Step 5: PSPRS Administrative Office Reviews Local Board Action and Initiates Disability Payments

Once your board has completed their disability determination process and your disability pension packet has been completed, your board will submit all documents to our office for review and processing. Your disability packet will be reviewed by our Member Services and Legal Department to ensure that all statutory requirements for disability have been met. Concerns that arise with your disability packet may result in delay in establishing benefits or may result in our office requesting a rehearing of the board’s decision.  If our office concurs with the decision made by the board and your disability pension packet is fully complete, your disability pension will be initiated for payment.  

Note: Benefits are always paid the last business day of the month.