Occupational Disability Retirement
An employee who is disabled as a direct result of a specific event at a definite time and place (within two years of the date of injury) related to a risk or hazard inherent in duties performed may be eligible for an occupational disability retirement regardless of age or length of service.
Non-Occupational Disability Retirement
An active employee with at least 10 years of service who is disabled from any cause not related to the job may be eligible for a non-occupational disability retirement. Application must be made within two years of last contribution.
If an employee becomes mentally or physically disabled, the employee may be eligible for occupational or non-occupational disability retirement benefits. A medical examination will be required, and the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) Medical Board must certify that the disability is permanent and prevents the employee from continuing duties as a State employee.
If eligible for health coverage, the State pays the total cost for retirees’ health coverage and basic term life insurance, and pays 50% of health coverage costs for retirees’ eligible dependents if approved for disability retirement.