SDCERA Disability Retirement Requirements
If a SDCERA member becomes physically or mentally disabled from performing their job duties, they may apply for Disability Retirement benefits regardless of age.
There are two types of SDCERA Disability Retirement:
1. Service-connected SDCERA Disability Retirement (job-related)
If you are permanently incapacitated, physically or mentally, from performing your job duties and your incapacity is the result of a job‑related injury, illness or disease, you may be eligible for a Service‑connected Disability Retirement benefit regardless of your age or length of service.
2. Nonservice-connected SDCERA Disability Retirement (not job-related)
If a SDCERA member is permanently incapacitated, physically or mentally, from performing their job duties due to a permanent injury, illness or disease which is not job related, they may be eligible for a Nonservice‑connected Disability Retirement benefit. To receive a benefit, a SDCERA member must have at least five years of SDCERA retirement service credit or a combination of SDCERA/reciprocal retirement service credit.
If a SDCERA member is granted a Disability Retirement and takes a lower-paying position with the County of San Diego or other participating employer, the Board of Retirement may pay a Supplemental Disability Benefit to make up for any loss in pay. The amount of this benefit will be equal to the difference between their salary in the former position and their salary in the new position, and not more than the amount of their approved SDCERA Disability Retirement benefit.
If you are a public employee who needs to apply for – or fight a denial of – SDCERA Disability Retirement Benefits, call our experienced attorneys for a consultation.