After retiring from accidental or ordinary disability you may be required to undergo rehabilitation. In order to start the rehabilitation process, you must first complete a Comprehensive Medical Examination (CME).
- The examining physician determines you may be able to return to work after completion of a rehabilitation program
- The physician must find that you may be able to perform the essential duties of the position you retired from or a similar position after rehabilitation
- The physician will submit a rehabilitation plan to PERAC’s Rehabilitation Unit that includes:
- the goals of the program,
- the medical services necessary to achieve the goals,
- the costs and
- the anticipated timeframes.
- A PERAC Nurse Case Manager will review the rehabilitation plan
Any modifications will be discussed with the physician.
- If after PERAC review, the plan is deemed reasonable and necessary, it will be approved and you must participate.
- You can stop participating in a rehabilitation program if you can show good cause for doing so.
- If you refuse to participate or stop the rehabilitation program without good cause, the Disability Unit will direct the retirement board to suspend your retirement allowance.
- The board must first give you written notice of the suspension and your opportunity to be heard by the retirement board before suspending your retirement allowance.
- You may appeal this suspension to the Contributory Retirement Appeal Board.
After completing a rehabilitation program you either:
Go back to work
- You may be found to be able to perform the essential duties of the position from which you retired (or a similar position within the same department for which you are qualified)
- You will be scheduled for a restoration to service examination.
Continue receiving your benefits
- You are found to be unable to perform the essential duties of the position from which you retired (or a similar position within the same department for which he/she is qualified) and no further action will be taken.