There are two types of Disability Retirements - Accidental and Ordinary

Accidental Disability

To qualify for an Accidental Disability Retirement you must suffer an illness or injury while in the performance of your duties (work related).

Accidental Disability Retirement is calculated at 72% of the member's salary on the date of injury or the last 12 months working average plus annuity.

Eligibility is immediate and the pension is not federally taxable.

Ordinary Disability

To qualify for an Ordinary Disability Retirement you must suffer an illness or injury that keeps you from performing your duties at work. To qualify for an Ordinary Disability you must have at least 10 years of full-time creditable service.

Non-veterans will have their age raised to 55 and have their retirement calculated under regular retirement.

Veterans receive 50% of the last year's salary average under option A.

The Ordinary Disability pension will be federally taxable.

Approval Process

Disability Retirement applications require approval from both the State Board of Retirement and the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC). You must also go before a three-member independent medical panel and submit your medical records. Final approval can take up to 12 months or more.

If you have questions contact one of our disability counselors at 617-367-7770 ext. 2.

For more information see PERAC'S Guide to Disability Retirement

Disability Forms

Application Cover Sheet pdf format of    applicationInformation.pdf  - print out and use as a checklist to ensure your application is complete.

Medical Records Certification pdf format of    medical_records_certification.pdf  - to be filled out and signed by the member. Must accompany the disability application.

Disability Application - Download from the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC) website.