CONTINUING DISABILITY REVIEWS


WHAT IS A CONTINUING DISABILITY REVIEW?


Social Security periodically reviews your disability or blindness to decide if you are still disabled or blind. If you are no longer disabled or blind, we will stop your benefits.

We call this review a Continuing Disability Review (CDR). The law requires us to perform a medical CDR approximately every 3 years, unless we determine you have a condition that we expect will improve sooner than that. However, if you have a condition that is not expected to improve, we will still review your case, but not as often as every 3 years.

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We also review your income, resources, and living arrangements to ensure you still meet the non-medical requirements. We call this periodic review a redetermination. For more information on SSI redeterminations, see our chapter on REDETERMINATIONS.

HOW DO CONTINUING DISABILITY REVIEWS WORK FOR CHILDREN?


We will do a CDR approximately every 3 years if we expect the child’s condition may improve.  We may also do a CDR if we do not expect the child’s condition to improve.

If we decided a child was disabled based on low birth weight, we will generally do a CDR by age 1.  However, we will do a CDR after age 1 if we decide at the time of the initial determination, that improvement is unlikely to have happened by age 1.   

When we do the CDR, we may ask the child's representative payee to show evidence that the child is, and has been, getting treatment that is medically necessary and available for his or her condition.

If the child's representative payee refuses without good cause to show us this evidence, we may look for another representative payee. We may pay the child directly, if he or she is old enough.

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For information about the duties of a representative payee.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CHILDHOOD DISABILITY AT AGE 18?


If you are eligible as a child during the month before the month you attain age 18, we will redetermine whether you are disabled.  When we do the disability redetermination, we will use the rules that we use for adults who are filing new applications for SSI.



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