The SJDV is a benefit that changed in 2013 and became relatively simple: any injured worker who has at least 1% PD, and has work restrictions that cannot be accommodated by the employer, makes the injured worker entitled to the SJDV. This coupon is worth $6,000 to be applied toward education and retraining. Additionally, once entitled to the SJDV, the injured worker is also entitled to the State of California’s $5,000 return to work fund. This money can be used for any purpose, not just education.
LC 4663(d) appears to go against decades of legal precedent and violate our California Constitutional mandates.