What do I need for a disability assessment for SSI if I am not an American Citizen?
1. Bring in your ID, Social Security Card, any medical records (or we will sign releases so I can get your medical records), any information about employment in America and any information about your citizenship status.
2. You have to be able to prove that you have been disabled for a year or will be disabled for at least a year.
3. Always bring any insurance cards
4. (If you are an immigrant, refugee or asylee and have not been naturalized you are only allowed to receive SSI for the seven years following your date of entry to the US. If you are applying for SSI after living in the US for more than seven years you need to become a naturalized citizen first.) Please contact me for clarification if you are concerned about this issue).
What do I need for disability assessment if I am an American Citizen and/or I have a long work history?
1. Bring your ID, Social Security Care, Medical Records (if you have them), work history, any psychological or chemical dependency treatment, information about any education and insurance card.
2. You have to be able to prove that you have been disabled for a minimum of a year or prove that you could not possibly work for a year. If you have worked part-time during the last year you may not be eligible for disability.
3. (If you are not an American Citizen but have a long enough work history you can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD). The amount of income that you receive for disability depends on the amount of taxes you have paid to Social Security since working.
4. It is helpful to have a lawyer assisting you in the disability process.
What is involved in this assessment process?
1. The disability assessment process is similar to the N-648 evaluation however it usually includes more psychological tests.
2. I will you to clarify your reasons for believing you are disabled along with normal assessment questions.
3. Based on your answers I will complete as many cognitive and psychological evaluations that seem appropriate
4. I may refer you to a neuropsychologist if I feel you need more specific cognitive evaluations or need a MMPI as part of the psychological evaluation.
5. I will request to see your medical records or any previous psychological records have you sign a release so I can look at your records.
6. If you have a current history of substance abuse you may need to show a six month to a year commitment to sobriety.
7. If in my professional opinion I believe you meet the criteria for disability I will complete a mental functioning form clarifying your specific functioning deficits related to working either part-time or full time.
8. If in my professional opinion you do not meet the criteria for disability I will inform discuss this with you and put that information in my completed assessment
9. At the end of the assessment process you may have the written assessment. You will also need to sign a release with your lawyer (if you have one) and Social Security so that I can release the information to them when requested.
10The disability application process takes a long time. If part of your disability is psychologically based you have to show that you are participating in some type of therapy or support group.
11Often the disability process is over a year. I am willing to do an updated assessment if needed.
12Since discussing disabilities whether they are cognitive, psychological and/or physical is difficult I will provide appropriate psychotherapy throughout the assessment process to deal with any of your reactions about the assessment or the disability process.