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Monday, August 30, 2010

Social Security Proposes New Regulations for How It Will Evaluate Mental Disabilities

Social Security is proposing to change the way it evaluates mental disabilities. In proposed regulations published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2010, the Social Security Administration stated that it intends to change its process for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits by amending its Listing of Impairments as they apply to mental disorders like depression, anxiety, organic and cognitive mental disorders, mental retardation, schizophrenia, autism, and personality disorders.

Social Security is seeking comments on the proposed regulations. The deadline for comments isNovember 17, 2010. You can find out how to submit comments by clicking on the link above to read the Federal Register preface to the proposed regs.

I have not had the chance to read these in depth yet. Obviously, the proposed version may not be what Social Security issues as final regulations in November (or later), so stay tuned for more news as it develops.

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