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California’s Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit and Return to Work Supplemental Program

By Kenton Koszdin on June 30, 2018 | In Social Security Disability

California’s Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit and Return to Work Supplemental Program

If you were injured on the job on or after January 1, 2004, you may be eligible for Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits.

Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits Help the Partially Disabled Acquire Work Skills

These benefits come in the form of vouchers for those individuals with permanent partial disabilitieswho want to go to vocational training or school in order that they return to the workforce. Eligible injured workers may get financial assistance for work-related items such as school tuition and fees, books and other expenses. The vouchers also cover vocational and return-to-work counseling.

Expanded applications of these benefits are available for those injured on the job on or after January 1, 2013, including the ability to use the voucher to pay for licensing or certification and testing fees. Computer equipment up to $1,000 may qualify for the voucher as well as other tools required by a training course.

To be eligible for Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits, these requirements must be satisfied:

  • A qualifying physician has found the injury to be permanent, stationary and causing permanent disability;
  • Prior job duties can’t be performed because of the disability; and
  • The employer did not offer alternative or modified work within 60 days of the physician’s report.

There are other qualifications for eligibility which you can read at this California Department of Industrial Relations FAQ website.

Voucher amounts vary based on the degree of disability. Eligible workers who were injured on or after January 1, 2013 can receive a voucher of $6,000.

The Return to Work Supplemental Program Offers Additional Payments

You can receive an additional payment if you have already received a Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit voucher.

For those injured on or after January 1, 2013 and who already received a voucher for work assistance, a one-time $5,000 payment through the Return to Work Supplemental Program may be made. Your application for this payment must be received within one year from the date you were mailed the voucher. Read more about this program here.

Applications will only be accepted online; your local Department of Workers’ Compensation district office has a kiosk where online applications may be completed.

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