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ODMP has joined with PSOB and C.O.P.S. to collect and make available all known benefits to survivors of fallen officers nationwide.

This page contains detailed information about the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program (PSOB) and all other federal, state, local and privately provided benefits that may be available to survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Arizona.

Each benefit has different eligibility criteria. Survivors may or may not be eligible to receive certain benefits based on each benefit's specific criteria. Questions about specific benefits should be directed to the organization providing the benefit.

Click here to print a checklist of all benefits on this page.

Death Benefit Payment(s)

PSOB Survivor Death Benefits

Provider: US DOJ - BJA - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program

Amount: $323,035 for officers killed on or after October 1, 2011

Summary: A unique partnership effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Programs provide death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The PSOB Office at the Bureau of Justice Assistance is honored to review the nearly 700 claims submitted each year on behalf of America's fallen and catastrophically disabled public safety heroes and their loved ones.

Contact:

US DOJ - BJA - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program website

(888) 744-6513

US DOJ - BJA - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program
810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20531

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Benefit amounts for officers killed in previous years:

FY2012: $323,035
FY2011: $318,111
FY2010: $311,810
FY2009: $315,746
FY2008: $303,064
FY2007: $295,194
FY2006: $283,385


Social Security Benefits

Provider: United States Social Security Administration

Amount: Varies

Summary: One time death benefit payment plus monthly death benefits

Contact:

United States Social Security Administration website

(800) 772-1213

United States Social Security Administration
Contact Local Office. See Website


Arizona State Death Benefit Payment

Provider: Arizona State Retirement System of the State

Amount: Varies

Summary: Eligible survivors may receive a percentage of the officer's salary as determined by state statute.

Contact:

Arizona State Retirement System of the State website

(602) 240-2000

Arizona State Retirement System of the State
P.O. Box 33910
Phoenix, AZ 85067-3910

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Arizona Revised Statutes §23-1046

A. In case of an injury causing death, the compensation therefore shall be known as a death benefit and shall be payable in the amount, for the period, and to and for the benefit of the following:

1. Burial expenses, not to exceed five thousand dollars, in addition to the compensation.

2. To the surviving spouse, if there are no children, sixty-six and two-thirds per cent of the average monthly wage of the deceased, to be paid until such spouse's death or remarriage, with two years' compensation in one sum upon remarriage. To the surviving spouse if there are surviving children, thirty-five per cent of the average monthly wage of the deceased, to be paid until such spouse's death or remarriage with two years' compensation in one sum upon remarriage, and to the surviving children, an additional thirty-one and two-thirds per cent of the average monthly wage, to be divided equally among them until the age of eighteen years, until the age of twenty-two years if the child is enrolled as a full-time student in any accredited educational institution, or if over eighteen years and incapable of self-support when the child becomes capable of self-support. When all surviving children are no longer eligible for benefits, the surviving spouse's benefits shall be paid as if there were no children. In the event of the subsequent death or remarriage of the surviving spouse, the surviving child's or children's benefits shall be computed pursuant to paragraph 3.

3. To a single surviving child, in the case of the subsequent death or remarriage of a surviving husband or wife, or if there is no surviving husband or wife, sixty-six and two-thirds per cent of the average monthly wage of the deceased, or if there is more than one surviving child, sixty-six and two-thirds per cent to be divided equally among the surviving children. Compensation to any such child shall cease upon death, upon marriage or upon reaching the age of eighteen years, except, if over eighteen years and incapable of self-support, when he becomes capable of self-support, or if over eighteen years of age and enrolled as a full-time student in any accredited educational institution, when the child reaches age twenty-two.

4. To a parent, if there is no surviving husband, wife or child under the age of eighteen years, if wholly dependent for support upon the deceased employee at the time of his death, twenty-five per cent of the average monthly wage of the deceased during dependency, with an added allowance of fifteen per cent if two dependent parents survive, and, if neither parent is wholly dependent, but one or both partly dependent, fifteen per cent divided between them share and share alike.

5. To brothers or sisters under the age of eighteen years, if there is no surviving husband or wife, dependent children under the age of eighteen years or dependent parent, the following shall govern:

(a) If one of the brothers or sisters is wholly dependent upon the deceased employee for support at the time of injury causing death, twenty-five per cent of the average monthly wage until the age of eighteen years.

(b) If more than one brother or sister is wholly dependent, thirty-five per cent of the average monthly wage at the time of injury causing death, divided among such dependents share and share alike.

(c) If none of the brothers or sisters is wholly dependent, but one or more are partly dependent, fifteen per cent divided among such dependents share and share alike.
B. If the deceased employee leaves dependents only partially dependent upon his earnings for support at the time of the injury, the monthly compensation shall be equal to such proportion of the monthly payments for the benefit of persons totally dependent as the amount contributed by the employee to such partial dependents bears to the average wage of the deceased at the time of the injury resulting in his death. The duration of compensation to partial dependents shall be fixed by the commission in accordance with the facts shown, and in accordance with the provisions of section 23-1047, but shall in no case exceed compensation for one hundred months.

C. In the event of death of a dependent before expiration of the time named in the award, the funeral expenses of such person, not to exceed eight hundred dollars, shall be paid.


100 Club of Arizona Death Benefit Payment

Provider: 100 Club of Arizona

Amount: $15,000

Summary: Survivors may be eligible for a single payment of $15,000 immediately following the line of duty death of an officer.

Contact:

100 Club of Arizona website

(602) 485-0100

100 Club of Arizona
5033 N 19th. Ave. Suite 123
Phoenix, AZ 85015

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Benefits provide financial assistance to the families of public safety officers and firefighters upon death or serious injury,* and are extended to officers and firefighters when called to active duty military. Direct family benefits are currently $15,000 for line of duty death, $5,000 for non-line of duty death, and up to $18,000 for line of duty injury cases.

*Benefits are extended to volunteer and/or reserve officers/firefighters only when the incident occurs while s/he is on duty.


National Rifle Association Line of Duty Death Benefit

Provider: National Rifle Association (NRA)

Amount: $25,000

Summary: If a deputy, with or without compensation, is feloniously killed in the line of duty (according to government guidelines) and is a current member of the National Rifle Association, the surviving spouse/family is entitled to a $25,000 death benefit.

Contact:

National Rifle Association (NRA) website

(800) 672-3888

National Rifle Association (NRA)
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Details & Applicable Instructions:

A $25,000.00 insurance benefit to the widow or survivors of any NRA-member law enforcement officer who is killed in the line of duty. Coverage is automatic for all law enforcement officers who are NRA members. Contact the NRA to file a line of duty death benefit claim.


National Sheriffs' Association Death Benefits

Provider: National Sheriffs' Association

Amount: $3,000 - $10,000

Summary: The National Sheriffs' Association provides free accidental death or dismemberment for its members.

Contact:

National Sheriffs' Association website

(703) 836-7827

National Sheriffs' Association
1450 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314

Details & Applicable Instructions:

NSA members (excluding Auxiliary and Retired Paid-Up-For-Life members) receive Free Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, with a $10,000 benefit amount for Sheriffs and a $3,000 benefit amount for others. Coverage is subject to the terms and conditions of the group policy held by NSA.


Woodmen of the World 1st Responders Benefit

Provider: Woodmen of the World

Amount: $10,000

Summary: Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a good standing benefit member. First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.

Contact:

Woodmen of the World website

(800) 225-3108

Woodmen of the World
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Education Assistance

PSOB Education Benefits

Provider: US DOJ - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program

Amount: Varies

Summary: The 104th Congress of the United States enacted the Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance (FLEDA) Act in 1996 which sets forth the guidelines for educational assistance to the dependents of Federal law enforcement officials who are killed or disabled in the performance of their duties.

Contact:

US DOJ - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program website

(888) 744-6513

US DOJ - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program
810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20531


Arizona State Educational Benefits

Provider: Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board

Summary: Surviving children and spouses of officers killed in the line of duty may be eligible for tuition waiver at eligible state supported colleges and universities.

Contact:

Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board website

(602) 542-8410

Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board
1275 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Arizona Revised Statutes §15-1808

A. The board of regents, after verification by the Arizona peace officers memorial board, by the Arizona fire fighters and emergency paramedics memorial board, by the adjutant general of the national guard or by the Arizona department of veterans' services that a person is a child or a spouse of a peace officer, correctional officer, fire fighter, emergency paramedic, national guard member or member of the United States armed forces who was a resident of the state of Arizona or stationed in Arizona and who was killed in the line of duty or who died from injuries suffered in the line of duty while traveling to or from duty, shall provide the person who qualifies under subsection B of this section and who otherwise meets the qualifications for admission with a tuition waiver scholarship at any university under the jurisdiction of the board. A district as defined in section 15-1401, after verification by the Arizona peace officers memorial board, by the Arizona fire fighters and emergency paramedics memorial board, by the adjutant general of the national guard or by the Arizona department of veterans' services that a person is the child or the spouse of a peace officer, correctional officer, fire fighter, emergency paramedic, national guard member or member of the United States armed forces who was a resident of Arizona or stationed in Arizona and who was killed in the line of duty or who died from injuries suffered in the line of duty while traveling to or from duty, shall provide the person who qualifies under subsection B of this section and who otherwise meets the qualifications for admission with a tuition waiver scholarship at any community college under the jurisdiction of the district.

B. The tuition waiver scholarships shall be limited to children who are thirty years of age or younger or a spouse who has not remarried and shall be limited for a spouse or for any one child to no more than sixty-four credit hours at Arizona community colleges and a total number of credits including any transfer credits from an Arizona community college equal to the number of credits required for a baccalaureate degree at Arizona universities for that student's initially declared course of study.

C. A member of the Arizona national guard who received a purple heart citation on or after September 11, 2001 or a former member of the Arizona national guard who was medically discharged from the Arizona national guard due to an injury or disability suffered during status under title 10, United States Code, in weekend training status, in annual training status or in response to a state of emergency declared by the governor is eligible for a tuition waiver scholarship provided for in this section.

D. The board of regents, after verification by the Arizona department of veterans' services that a person is a member or former member of the United States armed forces who received a purple heart citation, who was a resident of the state of Arizona or was stationed in Arizona at the time of the injury that resulted in the purple heart citation and whose disability rating determined by the United States department of veterans affairs is fifty per cent or more, shall provide the person who otherwise meets the qualifications for admission with a tuition waiver scholarship at any university under the jurisdiction of the board. A district as defined in section 15-1401, after verification by the Arizona department of veterans' services that a person is a member or former member of the United States armed forces who received a purple heart citation, who was a resident of the state of Arizona or was stationed in Arizona at the time of the injury that resulted in the purple heart citation and whose disability rating determined by the United States department of veterans affairs is fifty per cent or more, shall provide the person who otherwise meets the qualifications for admission with a tuition waiver scholarship at any community college under the jurisdiction of the district. A person who is convicted of a felony is ineligible for a tuition waiver scholarship provided for in this subsection.

E. For the purposes of this section:

1. "Correctional officer" means a person, other than an elected official, who is employed by this state or a county, city or town and who is responsible for the supervision, protection, care, custody or control of inmates in a state, county or municipal correctional institution, including counselors but excluding secretarial, clerical and professionally trained personnel.

2. "Emergency paramedic" means a person who has been trained in an emergency paramedic training program certified by the director of the department of health services or in an equivalent training program and who is certified by the director of the department of health services to render services pursuant to section 36-2205.

3. "Fire fighter" means a professional fire fighter who is a member of a state, federal, tribal, city, county, district or private fire department.

4. "Peace officers" means sheriffs of counties, constables, marshals, police officers of cities and towns, commissioned personnel of the department of public safety and police officers appointed by community college district governing boards or the Arizona board of regents who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, and other state, federal, tribal, city or county officers vested by law with a duty to maintain public order and make arrests.


Arizona Education Benefits

Provider: Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board

Summary: Varies

Contact:

Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board website

(602) 542-8472

Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007


C.O.P.S. Scholarship

Provider: Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

Summary: Provides educational assistance to surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Contact:

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) website

(573) 346-4911

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
P.O. Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020


Fraternal Order of Eagles Financial Assistance

Provider: Fraternal Order of Eagles

Summary: Through their Memorial Foundation, the Eagles provide financial assistance for surviving children of full-time law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty who were also active members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles at the time of their death.

Contact:

Fraternal Order of Eagles website

(614) 883-2200

Fraternal Order of Eagles
1623 Gateway Circle
S. Grove City, OH 43123


Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Provider: The Knights of Columbus

Summary: Scholarships are available to children of members of the Order, who, as a result of criminal violence, lost their lives or became totally and permanently disabled while in the lawful performance of their duties as full-time law enforcement officers.

Contact:

The Knights of Columbus website

(909) 343-0460

The Knights of Columbus
15808 Arrow Blvd. Suite A
Fontana, CA 92335


Purple Heart Educational Benefits

Provider: Military Order of the Purple Heart

Summary: Membership restricted to "Purple Heart" recipients. Educational benefits for surviving children available. 2.5 GPA required.


Survivors' Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) Scholarship

Provider: The IACP Foundation

Amount: $1000 to $2500

Summary: The SELECT program supports the continuing education needs of dependant family members by helping to defray educational costs for undergraduate or graduate studies. Application deadline for 2012 is June 1.

Contact:

The IACP Foundation website

800-843-4227 x367

The IACP Foundation
ATTN: Patricia Casstevens
515 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2357

Details & Applicable Instructions:

One of the most rewarding of the IACP Foundation’s programs is the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) scholarship program, which was established to recognize the contribution made by law enforcement officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.  The SELECT program supports the continuing education needs of dependant family members by helping to defray educational costs for undergraduate or graduate studies.

Through the generosity of our donors, three scholarships are available for award for the 2012-2013 academic year: the Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship ($1000), the Charles and Claire Blauer Scholarship ($1000), and the IACP Foundation Scholarship ($2500).

The application can be downloaded here.

Burial Assistance

Dignity Memorial Funeral Benefits

Provider: Dignity Memorial Funeral, Cremation, & Cem.

Summary: Provides dignified and honorable tributes, at no cost, for career and volunteer law enforcement officers who fall in the line of duty.

Contact:

Dignity Memorial Funeral, Cremation, & Cem. website

(800) 344-6489

Dignity Memorial Funeral, Cremation, & Cem.
Visit website for list of participating locations.

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Dignity Memorial funeral, cremation and cemetery providers created the Public Servants Program for emergency service personnel. This program provides dignified and honorable tributes, at no cost, for career and volunteer law enforcement officers who fall in the line of duty.

Pension

United States Armed Forces Veterans Pension

Provider: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary: Many law enforcement officers are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and a number of survivor's benefits are available to the spouse and children of a deceased veteran. Included in these benefits are: a death pension, funeral expenses, life insurance, and burial plot allowance.

Contact:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

(800) 827-1000

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Contact your local office using the link above.


Arizona State Pension

Provider: Arizona State Retirement System

Amount: Varies

Summary: The surviving spouse of a deceased member who is killed in the line of duty or dies from injuries suffered in the line of duty is entitled to receive a monthly amount equal to the deceased member's average monthly benefit compensation less any amount payable for an eligible child under this section.

Contact:

Arizona State Retirement System website

(602) 240-2000

Arizona State Retirement System
P.O. Box 33910
Phoenix, AZ 85067-3910

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Arizona Revised Statutes §38-846

The survivors of members, who die in service, or after retirement, are eligible for benefits as follows: No credited service requirement. Death benefits

A. The surviving spouse of a deceased retired member shall be paid a surviving spouse's pension if the spouse was married to the member for a period of at least two consecutive years at the time of the member's death. Payment of a surviving spouse's pension shall commence as of the last day of the month following the retired member's date of death. The last payment shall be made as of the last day of the month in which the surviving spouse's death occurs.

B. The surviving spouse of a deceased member shall be paid a surviving spouse's pension if the spouse was married to the member on the date of the member's death. Payment of a surviving spouse's pension commences as of the last day of the month following the member's date of death. The last payment shall be made as of the last day of the month in which the surviving spouse's death occurs.

C. The surviving spouse of a deceased retired member is entitled to receive a monthly amount equal to four-fifths of the monthly amount of pension that the decedent would have received immediately before death.

D. The surviving spouse of a deceased member who was not killed in the line of duty or did not die from injuries suffered in the line of duty is entitled to receive a monthly amount calculated in the same manner as an accidental disability pension is calculated pursuant to section 38-845, subsection B. The surviving spouse of a deceased member who is killed in the line of duty or dies from injuries suffered in the line of duty is entitled to receive a monthly amount equal to the deceased member's average monthly benefit compensation less any amount payable for an eligible child under this section. A member who was eligible for or receiving a temporary disability pension at the time of the member's death is not deemed to be retired for the purposes of this subsection. For the purposes of this subsection, "killed in the line of duty" means the decedent's death was the direct and proximate result of the performance of the decedent's public safety duties and does not include suicide.

E. A surviving spouse shall file a written application with the system in order to receive a survivor benefit.

F. If at least one eligible child is surviving at the death of a member or retired member, but no surviving spouse's pension then becomes payable, a guardian's or conservator's pension shall be payable to the person who is serving, or who is deemed by the local board to be serving, as the legally appointed guardian or custodian of the eligible child. If an eligible child of a member or retired member is surviving at the member's or retired member's death, the eligible child is entitled to receive a child's pension payable to the person who is serving or who is deemed by the local board to be serving as the legally appointed guardian or custodian of the eligible child. A child's pension or a guardian's or conservator's pension terminates if the child is adopted. In the case of a disabled child, the child's pension or the guardian's or conservator's pension terminates if the child ceases to be under a disability or ceases to be a dependent of the surviving spouse or guardian. The member may also direct by designation to the local board that the guardian or conservator pension or child's pension be paid to the trustee of a trust created for the benefit of the eligible child. A guardian's or conservator's pension shall also become payable if at least one eligible child is surviving when a surviving spouse's pension terminates. The guardian or conservator shall file a written application with the system in order to receive the guardian's or conservator's pension and child's pension.

G. The board shall pay a guardian's or conservator's pension during the same period in which a pension is payable to at least one eligible child. The guardian, conservator or designated trustee is entitled to receive the same monthly amount as would have been payable to the decedent's surviving spouse had a surviving spouse's pension become payable on the decedent's death.

H. Each eligible child is entitled to a monthly amount equal to one-tenth of the monthly amount of pension that the deceased member or retired member would have received immediately before death. The pension for a child of a deceased member shall be calculated in the same manner as an accidental disability is calculated pursuant to section 38-845, subsection B. A deceased member shall be assumed to be retired for reasons of accidental disability immediately before the member's death. If there are three or more children eligible for a child's pension, a maximum of two shares of the child's pension shall be payable, the aggregate of such shares to be apportioned in equal measure to each eligible child.

I. If a member has accumulated contributions remaining in the system at the date of death of the last beneficiary, a lump sum refund of such accumulated contributions shall be payable to the person whom the member has designated as the member's refund beneficiary, or if the member's refund beneficiary is not then surviving, to the designated contingent refund beneficiary, or if the designated contingent refund beneficiary is not then surviving, to such person nearest of kin as selected by the local board. The amount of the lump sum refund shall be the remaining accumulated contributions. The beneficiary or person who is selected as nearest of kin shall file a written application in order to receive the refund.

J. In calculating the right to and the amount of the surviving spouse's pension, the law in effect on the date of the death of the member or retired member controls, unless the law under which the member retired provides for a greater benefit amount for a surviving spouse.

Arizona Revised Statute §38-846.03 - Reinstatement of surviving spouse's pension (Remarriage Clause)


A. A surviving spouse whose pension was terminated by reason of remarriage is entitled to reinstatement of the surviving spouse's pension if the surviving spouse is otherwise qualified for a surviving spouse's pension and applies for reinstatement with the public safety personnel retirement system and no other person is currently receiving a guardian's or conservator's pension for an eligible child of the member or retired member. The level of pension payments shall be that amount which was received by the surviving spouse at the date the surviving spouse's pension was terminated, adjusted to reflect ad hoc and scheduled increases from the date of termination to the date of reinstatement.

B. A surviving spouse who is receiving a guardian's or conservator's pension by reason of remarriage and who is otherwise eligible may apply for reinstatement of a surviving spouse's pension. If the surviving spouse's pension becomes payable the guardian's or conservator's pension is terminated.

C. Reinstated surviving spouse's pensions are not retroactive. Payment of a reinstated surviving spouse's pension shall commence as of the first day of the month following receipt by the public safety personnel retirement system of a properly executed written application for reinstatement from the surviving spouse.

Tax Relief

Arizona Taxation of PSPRS

Provider: Arizona State Retirement System

Summary: The employer contributions and the securities in the several funds provided for in this article shall be exempt from state, county and municipal taxes.

Contact:

Arizona State Retirement System website

(602) 255-5575

Arizona State Retirement System
3010 E. Camelback Rd, Ste 200
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Arizona Revised Statutes §38-852 The employer contributions and the securities in the several funds provided for in this article shall be exempt from state, county and municipal taxes. Employee and employer contributions that are withdrawn from the system after December 31, 1974 by a public officer or employee from the accounts of the system and not received as benefits there from and benefits, annuities and pensions received by a public officer or employee from the system after December 31, 1988 shall be subject to tax pursuant to title 43.

Health Insurance

COBRA Health Insurance Requirements

Provider: U.S. Department of Labor

Summary: A federal law known as COBRA (short for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) guarantees that the employer of the deceased officer must make available to the surviving spouse and their dependent children the same type of health insurance as was provided prior to the officer's death. Coverage is available for up to 36 months and must be paid by the surviving insured. There is no provision in the law for the employer to pay for the health insurance.

Contact:

U.S. Department of Labor website

(866) 487-2365

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20210


Arizona Health Insurance Premium Subsidy

Provider: Arizona Department of Insurance

Summary: Survivors may be eligible for health insurance subsidies.

Contact:

Arizona Department of Insurance website

(602) 364-2393

Arizona Department of Insurance
2910 N. 44th Street, Ste. 210
Phoenix, AZ 85018-7269

Details & Applicable Instructions:

§38-651 - Expenditure of monies for health and accident insurance; definition

A. The department of administration may expend public monies appropriated for such purpose to procure health and accident coverage for full-time officers and employees of this state and its departments and agencies. The department of administration may adopt rules that provide that if an employee dies while the employee's surviving spouse's health insurance is in force, the surviving spouse is entitled to no more than thirty-six months of extended coverage at one hundred two per cent of the group rates by paying the premiums. Except as provided by section 38-1103, no public monies may be expended to pay all or any part of the premium of health insurance continued in force by the surviving spouse. The department of administration shall seek a variety of plans, including indemnity health insurance, hospital and medical service plans, dental plans and health maintenance organizations.

§38-1103 - Health insurance payments for spouse or dependents of law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty; definition (also known as the "Harrolle's Law"); effective date retroactive to December 31, 2009.

A. Notwithstanding any other law, the surviving spouse of a deceased law enforcement officer is entitled to receive payments for health insurance premiums from public monies of the employer of the law enforcement officer for the first year after the death of the law enforcement officer if:

1. The law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty or died from injuries suffered in the line of duty.

2. The law enforcement officer was enrolled in the employer's health insurance plan at the time of death.

3. The surviving spouse is entitled to continue to participate in the employer's health insurance plan.

B. This section applies to the dependents of the deceased law enforcement officer if the dependents were enrolled in the employer's health insurance plan at the time of the law enforcement officer's death.

C. Payments shall be reduced for monies paid for health insurance premiums for the surviving spouse or dependents of the surviving spouse from the retirement plan from which the surviving spouse is receiving benefits.

D. For the purposes of this section, "law enforcement officer" means:

1. A peace officer who is certified by the Arizona peace officers standards and training board.

2. A detention officer or corrections officer who is employed by this state or a political subdivision of this state.

3. A probation officer or surveillance officer who is employed by this state or a political subdivision of this state.

§38-857 - Group health and accident coverage for retired members; payment

A. The board shall pay part of the single coverage premium of any group health and accident insurance for each retired member or survivor of the system who receives a pension and who has elected to participate in the coverage provided by section 38-651.01 or 38-782 or any other health and accident insurance coverage provided or administered by a participating employer of the system. The board shall pay up to:

1. One hundred fifty dollars per month for each retired member or survivor of the system who is not eligible for medicare.

2. One hundred dollars per month for each retired member or survivor of the system who is eligible for medicare.

B. The board shall pay from assets of the fund part of the family coverage premium of any group health and accident insurance each month for a benefit recipient who elects family coverage and otherwise qualifies for payment pursuant to subsection A of this section. The board shall pay up to:

1. Two hundred sixty dollars per month if the retired member or survivor of the system and one or more dependents are not eligible for medicare.

2. One hundred seventy dollars per month if the retired member or survivor of the system and one or more dependents are eligible for medicare.

3. Two hundred fifteen dollars per month if either:

(a) The retired member or survivor of the system is not eligible for medicare and one or more dependents are eligible for medicare.

(b) The retired member or survivor of the system is eligible for medicare and one or more dependents are not eligible for medicare.

C. The board shall not pay from assets of the fund more than the amount prescribed in this section for a benefit recipient as a member or survivor of the system.

D. This section does not apply to a retired member or survivor of the system who is reemployed by this state or a political subdivision of this state and who participates in coverage provided by this state or a political subdivision of this state as an active employee.

E. A retired member or survivor of the system may elect to purchase individual health care coverage and receive a payment pursuant to this section through the retired member's employer if that employer assumes the administrative functions associated with the payment, including verification that the payment is used to pay for health insurance coverage if the payment is made to the retired member or survivor of the system.

For PSPRS retirees or survivors who have elected group health and accident insurance coverage provided and administered by this state or another PSPRS employer, the PSPRS will pay up to the following amounts:

Member Only
Not Medicare Eligible: $150
Medicare Eligible: $100

Member and Dependent(s)
All Not Medicare Eligible: $260
All Medicare Eligible: $170
One With Medicare: $215

The monthly premiums shown in the charts on the preceding page are the full cost for the coverage(s). The Arizona State Retirement System, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, Elected Officials Retirement Plan, and Corrections Officer Retirement Plan will provide payment toward insurance premiums for eligible members and their dependents. The charts below reflect maximum monthly subsidy amounts available for eligible members and their dependents.

Workers Compensation

Federal Workers Comp for Non-Federal Law Enforcement Officers

Provider: U.S. Office of Workers Compensation Programs

Amount: Varies

Summary: Survivors of local or state law enforcements officers who are killed while arresting a fugitive wanted by, or committing a crime against, the federal government, or by prisoners held on federal charges, may be eligible for federal works comp benefits.

Contact:

U.S. Office of Workers Compensation Programs website

(202) 513-6800

U.S. Office of Workers Compensation Programs
Special Claims Office
P.O. Box 37117
Washington, DC 20013

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Under certain conditions, benefits may be provided to a non-Federal law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. Essentially, these benefits are provided if a state or local law enforcement officer is killed while engaged in the apprehension or attempted apprehension of a person who has committed a crime against the United States or who is being sought by a law enforcement authority of the United States. The benefit also is extended to those killed while engaged in the lawful prevention or lawful attempt to prevent the commission of a crime against the United States. Further, the program encompasses those engaged in protecting or guarding a person held for the commission of a crime against the United States or as a material witness.


Arizona Workers Compensation

Provider: Arizona Industrial Commission

Summary: To receive workers' compensation benefits the surviving spouse must take the initiative and file a workers compensation claim through a workers' compensation attorney to receive any compensation. The determination as to whether the claim will be paid will be determined by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

Contact:

Arizona Industrial Commission website

(602) 542-4661

Arizona Industrial Commission
800 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Workers' compensation is a "no fault" system in which injured workers receive medical and compensation benefits no matter who causes the job-related accident. If an illness or injury is job-related, the injured worker (also known as a claimant or applicant) receives medical benefits and may receive temporary compensation, if eligibility requirements are met. In some cases, a claimant may also receive permanent compensation benefits and "job retraining." Workers' Compensation coverage is compulsory for employers in Arizona; however, waivers are permitted.

§23-1021.01 - Peace officers; fire fighters; employment status
A. A peace officer or fire fighter as defined in section 1-215 who is injured or killed while traveling directly to or from work as a peace officer shall be considered in the course and scope of employment solely for the purposes of eligibility for workers' compensation benefits, provided that the peace officer or fire fighter is not engaged in criminal activity.

B. Nothing in this section shall create any liability on the part of the peace officer's or fire fighter's employer for any civil damages occurring through the peace officer's or fire fighter's negligent or intentional conduct while traveling to or from work as a peace officer.

To receive workers' compensation benefits the surviving spouse must take the initiative and file a workers compensation claim through a workers' compensation attorney to receive any compensation.

For specific information on pension or worker's compensation benefits, the survivor should contact the agency for whom the officer worked at the time of his death.

Life Insurance / Intestate

Personal Life Policy - Intestate

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Uniform Probate Code (but not 1977 or later amendments) adopted (14-1101 et seq.) with following exceptions:

Surviving Spouse takes the following:

1. If intestate left issue, one or more of whom are not issue of surviving spouse also, one-half of intestate separate property and no interest in decedent's one-half of community property;

2. If no surviving issue or issue all of whom are issue of surviving spouse also, entire intestate estate (14-21 02).


National Guard Life Insurance

Provider: United States National Guard

Amount: Up to $400,000

Summary: Members of the United States National Guard may subscribe to a Group Life Insurance policy up to $400,000.

Contact:

United States National Guard website

(703) 607-3162

United States National Guard
1411 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington VA 22202-3231

Vital Records

Arizona Vital Records

Provider: Arizona Department of Health Records-Vital Re

Summary: Provides Vital Records

Contact:

Arizona Department of Health Records-Vital Re website

(602) 542-1080

Arizona Department of Health Records-Vital Re
P. O. Box 3887
Phoenix, AZ 85030

Peer Support

AARP Peer Support

Provider: American Association of Retired Persons

Summary: AARP organizes widowed persons' support groups.

Contact:

American Association of Retired Persons website

(202) 434-2277

American Association of Retired Persons
601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049


ADEC Peer Support

Provider: Association of Death Education & Counseling

Summary: The ADEC of Connecticut gives counseling referrals.

Contact:

Association of Death Education & Counseling website

(203) 232-4825

Association of Death Education & Counseling
638 Prospect Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-4298


C.O.P.S. Kids / Teens Camps

Provider: Concerns of Police Survivors

Summary: Provides peer support and emotional assistance to surviving children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Contact:

Concerns of Police Survivors website

(573) 346-4911

Concerns of Police Survivors
P.O. Box 3199
846 Old South 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Details & Applicable Instructions:

C.O.P.S. Summer Camp
C.O.P.S.' Summer Camp provides surviving spouses with children (ages 6-14) the opportunity to work with professional counselors and trained mentors to improve communications within the family unit and resolve grief issues together.

Organized camp activities are supplemented with counseling during the week-long camp.  Friendly competition, planned activities that encourage teambuilding, and shared fun times in a camp atmosphere help families recognize that the teamwork approach will help them cope with their grief.

C.O.P.S. Wilderness Experience

Instituted in 1998, C.O.P.S. Annual Wilderness Experience helps surviving older children (aged 15-20) build self-esteem with a group of peers who understand what it is like to lose a law enforcement parent to a line-of-duty death.  This annual activity might be mountain climbing in the Rockies in Colorado, or white-water rafting in Utah.  This event is an Outward Bound® Program.


C.O.P.S. Peer Support

Provider: Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.

Summary: Provides assistance to surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Contact:

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. website

(573) 346-4911

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
P.O. Box 3199
846 Old South 5
Camdenton, MO 65020


Compassionate Friends Peer Support

Provider: The Compassionate Friends, Inc.

Summary: A nationwide support group for bereaved parents and siblings

Contact:

The Compassionate Friends, Inc. website

(312) 990-0010

The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
P.O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696


National Victim Center Peer Support

Provider: National Victim Center

Summary: A resource center for all victimization issues.

Contact:

National Victim Center website

(703) 276-2880

National Victim Center
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201


NOVA Peer Support

Provider: National Organization for Victim Assistance

Summary: A nationwide clearinghouse for all victimization issues.

Contact:

National Organization for Victim Assistance website

(202) 232-6682

National Organization for Victim Assistance
1757 Park Road NW
Washington, DC 20010


Parents of Murdered Children Peer Support

Provider: Parents of Murdered Children

Summary: POMC is the only national self-help organization designed solely to offer emotional support and information about surviving the loss of a loved one to murder.

Contact:

Parents of Murdered Children website

(513) 721-5683

Parents of Murdered Children
100 E. 8th Street #B41
Cincinnati, OH 45202


The On-Site Academy Peer Support

Provider: The On-Site Academy

Summary: Counseling and peer-support training

Contact:

The On-Site Academy website

(800) 238-3518

The On-Site Academy
P. O. Box 1031
Gardner, MA 01440

Details & Applicable Instructions:

We help you get back to the job or to a new beginning and quality of life with the tools necessary to master critical incident stress. The On-Site Academy has a skilled staff of licensed clinician, CISM Advanced trained peers, national trauma consultants, and additional support staff from Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Scheduled groups involving all phases of the debriefing process, TFT (Thought Field Therapy), Alpha-Stim, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and substance abuse/addictions treatment when applicable. EMDR is a therapeutic technique developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, which rapidly desensitizes traumatic memories and images. Both EMDR and TFT have been shown to significantly reduce trauma symptoms.

 

 

 
 
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