Protocol for Determining 9/11-related PSOB Claims Announced

Protocol Announced

Effective April 6, 2016, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will implement a protocol for determining Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) claims submitted for fire fighters and other public safety officers' deaths and disabilities have been liked to exposure from their work related to the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.

The protocol is based on the work of medical experts from the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) and will be used to help the BJA determine whether 9/11-related exposures were significant factors in aggravating, contributing to, or causing serious medical conditions suffered by fire fighters.

The BJA will begin to process 9/11-related PSOB claims by asking Claimants to provide medical release forms in order to obtain medical information from the WTCHP or VCF. Once BJA reviews all PSOB claims having a WTCHP certification or VCF eligibility letter, the BJA will provide written notice to survivors or injured fire fighters regarding the outcome of their claim.

Currently, the BJA cannot evaluate 9/11 related PSOB claims without WTCHP verification or VCF determination. For those filing a PSOB claim related to a 9/11 exposure, you must also register with either the WTCHP or the VCF.

The WTCHP provides free medical monitoring and treatment for 9/11-related medical conditions, including certain cancers. For more information and enrollment instructions, click here.

The VCF provides financial compensation for deaths or disabilities related to 9/11 exposures. For more information on how to file a claim, click here.

If you have any questions please contact the IAFF at