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Use of SDM Extended

Empire Justice October 23, 2016

SSA is extending its testing of the “single decision maker” model for initial and reconsidered disability determinations “until no later than December 28, 2018.”  According to the agency, the extension will provide the time necessary to take all of the administrative actions needed to reinstate uniform use of medical and psychological consultants, as required by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. 81 Fed. Reg. 58544 (Aug. 25, 2016).  https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-25/pdf/2016-20253.pdf

The single decision maker model is being tested in 19 states plus Guam.  Ten of those states use the “prototype” decision-making model in which the single decision maker model is used together with the elimination of the reconsideration stage in the appeals process.

The states where the prototype model, which will continue to test the effect of eliminating the reconsideration step at least through December 28, 2018, are Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania.  The nine other states where single decision maker is being used are Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Nevada, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.