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State Correction Officers and Security Hospital Treatment Assistants Plan

For ERS Tier 1 and 2 Members (Section 89)

Creditable Service

Creditable service under this plan includes all service performed as a uniformed employee in institutions under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Correctional Services or as a security hospital treatment assistant under the jurisdiction of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

“Uniformed employee” includes:

  • Correction officer
  • Prison guard
  • Correction sergeant
  • Correction lieutenant
  • Correction captain
  • Deputy assistant superintendent or warden
  • Deputy warden or superintendent (for security services)
  • Superintendent and warden (including first deputy)
  • Assistant director and director of correction reception center
  • Director of correctional program
  • Assistant director of correctional program
  • Director of community correctional center
  • Community correctional center assistant
  • Correction hospital officer
  • Correction hospital senior officer
  • Correction hospital charge officer
  • Correction hospital supervising officer
  • Correction hospital security supervisor
  • Correction hospital chief officer
  • Correction youth camp officer
  • Correction youth camp supervisor and assistant supervisor
  • Correctional camp superintendent
  • Assistant correctional camp superintendent
  • Director and assistant director of crisis intervention unit.

“Security hospital treatment assistant” includes:

  • Security hospital treatment assistant
  • Security hospital treatment assistant (Spanish-speaking)
  • Security hospital senior treatment assistant
  • Security hospital supervising treatment assistant
  • Security hospital treatment chief.

The following service is also creditable:

  • Narcotic addiction control commission officer
  • Correction officer, sheriff, undersheriff or deputy sheriff in any county in which you were eligible to retire after 25 years of creditable service
  • Correction officer employed by the City of New York (To receive credit for this type of service, you must pay the full amount determined by the Comptroller. This amount may be paid either in installments or as a lump sum.)

For Department of Correctional Services uniformed employees working in institutions under the jurisdiction of the Department, up to 12 years of credit for service in the following titles while assigned to a training academy or to the central office:

  • Correction officer
  • Correction sergeant
  • Correction lieutenant
  • Correction captain
  • Correctional services investigator
  • Correctional services employee investigator
  • Senior correctional services employee investigator
  • Corrections services fire and safety coordinator
  • Director and assistant director of special housing and inmate disciplinary program
  • Assistant chief of investigations
  • Director of CERT operations
  • Correctional facility operations specialist
  • Director of security staffing project
  • Correctional security technical services specialist
  • Assistant commissioner and deputy commissioner.

Service performed in titles other than those listed above will count toward your vested, disability and death benefits, but not toward your 25-year service retirement benefit.