The Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) provides an allowance for educational retraining or skill enhancement for qualifying injured workers. This benefit is provided as a voucher that can be used at state-approved or accredited schools. The voucher is non-transferable. A voucher issued after January 1, 2013 will expire two years after the date of issue or five years after the date of injury, whichever is later.
Who can receive supplemental job displacement benefits?
Three criteria must be met to qualify for the program. An injured worker must have:
- Been injured on or after January 1, 2004
- Sustained a permanent partial disability as a result of that injury
- Not been offered other work by their employer
To determine if you qualify, contact your claims adjuster.
To use the benefit, you must complete the SJDB voucher, identifying the approved school, training program, and/or approved vocational return to work counselor you would like to use. The completed voucher should be returned to State Fund for payment of the benefit.
What are the benefit amounts?
SJDB benefits may be used for various types of qualifying expenses depending on your date of injury.
For injuries occurring beginning January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2012, SJDB vouchers may be used for the following expenses:
- Tuition, fees, books, and other expenses required by an approved school for retraining or skill enhancement.
- Up to 10 percent of the total voucher allowance can be used for vocational return to work counseling services.
For injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2013, SJDB vouchers may be used for the following expenses:
- Tuition, fees, and book expenses at a California public school or a provider certified on the state's Eligible Training Provider List
- Occupational licensing or professional certification fees
- Computer equipment reimbursement up to $1,000 with supporting invoice or itemized receipt
- Vocational return to work counseling services, up to $600
- Miscellaneous expenses up to $500
Benefits will be paid within 45 days after we receive the completed voucher.