The County shall continue to provide its present long-term income protection plan for permanent employees at no cost to employees who have been employed by the County for three or more years. The maximum monthly salary cap is two thousand four hundred dollars ($2400). Benefits for psychiatric disabilities that result from stress, depression or other life events is restricted to two (2) years.  However, a disability resulting from certain chronic psychotic disorders or a disorder with demonstrable organic brain deficits can qualify for benefits payable up to the age of sixty-five (65).

Effective with disabilities commencing on or after January 1, 1988, the one hundred twenty (120) day disability period required to qualify for long term income protection shall no longer require continuous disability but shall be cumulative for any single medically verified illness or injury within a period of six (6) full months from the date of the disability’s onset.  The onset date shall be defined as the first workday the employee was unable to work.