Overview of Disability Benefits

If you are a contributory member of the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association (SJCERA), and you have an illness or injury that is permanent and severe enough to force you to stop working, you may apply for a disability retirement. After review of medical documentation and other evidence, the Board of Retirement will decide whether you are capable of substantially performing the duties of your position and, if you are not, will grant you a disability retirement.

Who may apply for a disability retirement?
Service-Connected Disability:
If you are a contributory member to retirement, you may apply for a service-connected disability retirement any time during your County employment. A service-connected disability is when a member becomes permanently ill or injured as a result of his or her job duties.
Nonservice-Connected Disability:
If you are a contributory member, you may apply for a nonservice-connected disability retirement if you have five (5) years of service credit. A nonservice-connected disability is when a member’s permanent illness or injury is not related to his or her employment.

May another person file an application for me?
Yes. The head of your department, a member of the Board of Retirement, or any other person may file an application on your behalf.

How do I apply for disability retirement?
You may request a disability retirement appointment by calling the SJCERA (209) 468-2163.
San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association
6 South El Dorado Street
Suite 400
Stockton, CA 95202

What other programs should I consider?
You may contact your human resources office for information regarding Social Security benefits, the State Disability Insurance Benefits, Workers’ Compensation or any other benefits available to you.

This web page is intended to provide you with general information about your disability retirement. No attempt is made to interpret the laws and statutes which govern your retirement system. If there are any discrepancies between information provided in this brochure and the law, the law will prevail.

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