Can Social Security deny you because of no mental evaluation?

Can Social Security deny you because of no mental evaluation?

Yes, Social Security can deny you because you don't go to your mental evaluation. The Social Security Disability determination process is the same for all individuals who file for disability benefits in that disability specialists have to have medical evidence to support their disability determinations.

Most often, they can get the necessary information from your medical treatment records; however there are situations in which more recent or more detailed medical information is needed to determine the severity of your disabling condition.

Related: Tips for Social Security Disability Psychological and mental testing, and When Social Security sends you to a Psychiatrist, and What to expect from a Social Security Mental Examination or Evaluation.

Since the question is whether or not your disability claim can be denied because you have no mental evaluation, the question will be answered in a way that explains why you need to have your mental evaluation.

A mental evaluation may be needed if you do not have mental health treatment, or your treatment is not current (within the past 90 days), or your have mental health treatment but the disability specialist needs clarification. The disability specialist working on your case would not schedule a mental evaluation unless they needed it to make a disability determination.

If you fail to attend the mental evaluation, your claim may be
denied for failure to cooperate.

In summary, you should attend your mental evaluation if you are interested in being approved for disability benefits.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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