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(1) The department shall grant SIF certification to an individual when all of the following requirements are met:

(a) The applicant has documented the existence of a permanent physical or mental impairment that adversely impacts the applicant's employability, in accordance with ARM 24.29.2607. The applicant's permanent impairment may result from a congenital condition, trauma, or disease. The permanent impairment does not have to be caused by a work-related injury or occupational disease;

(b) The medical evidence of applicant's permanent impairment is not more than six months old at the time of application;

(c) The medical evidence of permanent impairment relates directly to the condition identified on the application form;

(d) A treating physician has provided written documentation that the applicant is permanently impaired; and

(e) A treating physician has provided written documentation of employment restrictions or limitations due to the applicant's permanent impairment that demonstrates the impairment presents a substantial obstacle to employment or reemployment.

History: 39-71-203, 39-71-904, MCA; IMP, 39-71-905, MCA; NEW, 2010 MAR p. 2967, Eff. 12/24/10.

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