Minnesota Department of Public Safety Launches Public Safety Officer’s Benefit Program Online Tool

June 10, 2024

In 2023, the Legislature passed a law that impacted the PSOB, and provided a one-time appropriation of $100 million to offer full reimbursements to employers.

On June 3, 2024, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) launched the new Public Safety Officer’s Benefit (PSOB) online program. The PSOB provides reimbursement to public safety employers for eligible health care, treatment, salary, and benefit costs under Minnesota Statute, section 299A.465, subdivision 4 and Minnesota Statute, section 299A.475. The new online tool replaced the former reimbursement form.  

Recent PSOB funding and changes

In 2023, the Legislature passed a law that impacted the PSOB. A one-time appropriation of $100 million to the PSOB was set aside to provide full reimbursements to employers. Previously the reimbursement account was underfunded, and employers received only partial reimbursement on a prorated basis. The PSOB program was also expanded to reimburse employers for costs related to the new psychological condition treatment requirement, which is a prerequisite for duty disability benefits for psychological injuries.

PSOB reimbursement eligibility

To be eligible for reimbursement from the PSOB, the law requires that as of Jan. 1, 2024, employers must provide police officers and firefighters with either:

  • Annual wellness training.
  • An employee assistance program or peer support program.

Employers must submit reimbursement requests for the previous fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) by Aug. 1 annually. The online tool allows employers to submit requests and receive reimbursement on a rolling basis throughout the year. DPS recommends larger agencies submit applications monthly.

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