Overview of Disability

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Disability Requirements

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Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

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SSDRC Disability Blog

The Continuing Disability Review for SSD and SSI claims

What is a Social Security Administration continuing disability review, or CDR? Periodically, the Social Security Administration reviews both Social Security disability and SSI disability claims, in an effort to determine if there has been medical improvement. Why is this done? Because claimants whose records later show that they have medically improved may potentially have their benefits stopped.

The periodic occurrence of a continuing disability review is based upon the likelihood of medical improvement. For instance, if you have an medical and/or mental impairment in which improvement may be considered "possible", then your continuing disability review will happen every three years or less. If you are an older individual or have a medical or mental condition that is considered to be permanent, your continuing disability review may occur every seven years or so.

What happens when your claim is selected for a continuing disability review? Your local Social Security office will contact you with a letter informing you that it is time for your CDR. Generally, Social Security will also send out the disability forms and medical releases for you to fill out and return, along with a continuing disability review interview appointment. Your continuing disability review may be completed by telephone or by an office appointment. In some cases, it may be done through the mail.

So, what is involved in a continuing disability review? Basically a continuing disability review is just an update of your medical treatment and work activity. If your medical and/or mental condition has not improved and you are still have not been able to return to work, your will likely have your disability benefits continued. In fact, the great majority of individuals who receive disability benefits have their benefits continued after a review has been conducted.

Conversely, if your medical records indicate that your medical and/or mental conditions have improved, or you have returned to work at a level considered to be substantial and gainful by Social Security, your disability benefits may be ceased.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Will my disability case be reviewed after I have been approved for disability benefits?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
Advice for a Social Security Disability Continuing Review
What will trigger a review of a social security disability claim?
Are SSDI and SSI Benefits Normally Continued After A Continuing Disability Review?
How Often Does Social Security Disability Review Cases?
Can You Lose Your Social Security Disability Benefits When Your Case Is Reviewed?
What Should I Expect at my Social Security Disability Review if I am working part-time?
How long can you receive SSI or Social Security disability benefits?
Is there a time limit for how long you can collect Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
If Your Disability Benefits Are Stopped Can You Get Them While You Appeal?
What is a Social Security Disability or SSI work CDR?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria