3307:1-7-01 Disability benefits - definitions.

Chapter 3307:1-7 of the Administrative Code is adopted to establish the definitions, procedures and guidelines needed to fulfill the requirements of sections 3307.48 , 3307.62 , 3307.63 , and 3307.631 of the Revised Code and to assure fair and impartial evaluation of all applications for disability benefits.

As used in Chapter 3307:1-7 of the Administrative Code:

(A) "Applicant" shall mean the member for whom an application for disability benefits and attending physician's report, on forms provided by the retirement system, have been completed and received by the retirement system.

(B) "Attending physician" shall mean an applicant's physician of choice, who has established a therapeutic relationship with the applicant and has completed a report and certified on forms provided by the retirement system that in the attending physician's opinion an applicant is incapacitated for the performance of duty by a disabling condition that is presumed to be permanent.

(C) "Board," shall mean the state teachers retirement board.

(D) For purposes of section 3307.48 of the Revised Code, to "perform any teaching service" whether or not such services or positions are performed full-time or part-time, in a public or private employment school or non-school setting, on a volunteer basis or for compensation, in or outside the state of Ohio shall be defined to include any of the following:

(1) All employment, contracted services or volunteer work that if performed in an Ohio public school would be considered employment covered by the state teachers retirement system as defined in section 3307.01 of the Revised Code.

(2) All teachers, tutors, substitute teachers, electronic classroom instructors, daycare teachers, community school instructors and private-lesson providers whether the service was performed through employment, contracted services, or volunteer work.

(3) All employment contracted services, or volunteer work that relates to the work of educators, such as, but not limited to, writing curriculum, leading workshops, providing training, instructing students of any age, or directing teachers, student teachers or students.

(4) Any other service determined by the board to be performing teaching services.

(E) "Independent medical examiner" shall mean a competent physician neither involved in a treatment relationship with an applicant or recipient nor otherwise employed by the retirement system, who shall be designated by the chair of the medical review board to conduct an impartial examination.

(F) "Medical review board" shall mean the group of independent physicians designated by the retirement board under the direction of a chair appointed by the retirement board to assist in the evaluation of medical examinations and information. The members of the medical review board may be asked in panels of three or more to review any application and provide their conclusions as to whether an applicant will be mentally or physically incapacitated from the performance of duty for at least twelve months.

(G) A disabling condition shall be "presumed to be permanent," if it physically or mentally incapacitates an applicant from the performance of regular duty for a period of at least twelve months from the date of the retirement system's receipt of the completed application.

(H) "Recipient" shall mean a member granted disability benefits under sections 3307.48 , 3307.57 , 3307.62 , 3307.63 , and 3307.631 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 02/10/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 05/27/2016
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3307.04
Rule Amplifies: 3307.48 , 3307.57 , 3307.62 , 3307.63 , 3307.631
Prior Effective Dates: 12/23/76, 12/26/77, 2/26/81, 7/3/91, 10/29/98 (Emer.), 1/17/99, 7/1/01 (Emer.), 9/17/01, 9/17/02, 7/1/06, 6/6/11, 1/7/13 (Emer.), 3/24/13, 1/1/14 (Emer)