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How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
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How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
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How do I get a copy of my Social Security Disability File on disc?



 
Social Security has always allowed disability applicants access to the information contained in their disability folders, with the exception of mental health medical records.

However, social Security is moving toward paperless case processing; consequently most disability folders or files are now electronically stored. Therefore, the only way for disability applicants to review the medical information contained in their disability file is to request a CD.

Disability applicants can request a copy of the disability file on disc (CD) by completing a form 3288 (release of information) and returning it to their local Social Security office. Once SSA has received a claimant's request, the disability file will be copied to a CD and given to them personally or mailed out. Social Security provides only one free copy per disability applicant, and as I stated above no mental health records are released.

If an individual wants mental health records, they will have to have their disability file sent to their treating physician, if they have no formal representation.



However,if an applicant has formal representation, their representative can request the entire disability file (including mental health notes) provided they have a signed form SSA 1696 (the form used to designate a representative, such as a disability lawyer or a non-attorney disability representative)

The important things to remember when requesting a copy of your Social Security Disability file is that you are entitled to a copy, but you can only have one free copy. If you need more than one copy of your disability file, there will be a charge for copying.








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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.