If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability or due to blindness, you will be required to participate in a continuing disability review at some point.
A continuing disability review is exactly what it sounds like: a review to determine if you continue to have your disability. It is sometimes called a redetermination.
California law requires a continuing disability review to be performed once every 3 years if you have a disability that could improve over time. For a disability that is not expected to improve, the law allows continuing disability reviews to be conducted once every five to seven years.
Reviews for children vs. adults
The continuing disability review process works differently for children and adults. Children with conditions that could improve will have a continuing disability review once every three years.
A representative payee must provide evidence that the child is receiving necessary and appropriate medical treatment for their condition. Once the child becomes an adult, a new set of criteria is used for a redetermination.
How will I know about my review?
You do not have to do anything to initiate your continuing disability review. The Social Security Administration will contact you and ask for updated information on your condition.
They may do this by sending you a form in the mail or allowing you to complete a form online. You will be asked to provide current information on your income, expenses and living arrangements.
Helping you through the process
Your SSI benefits could stop if you no longer meet the program requirements based on this information, or if it is determined that you are no longer sufficiently disabled.
Keeping your SSI benefits is likely a high priority for you. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you are providing accurate information during your continuing disability review and know what to expect. Social security attorneys can help guide you through the continuing disability review process.