Given the current Ticket to Work regulations, what changes would you make to the payment policies, partnership plus, ticket eligibility, and timely progress review?
Allow pharmaceutical companies to provide financial support to Meidcare patients to purchase expensive MS medication. I currently get support since I have private insurance. But financial support goes away when I transfer to Medicare.
Fund more benefit planners with Workforce experience that have a mandated partnership at local SSA offices to assist with employment / wage reporting and any disputes. Creating a more direct line of communication, Workforce can assist with getting the correct information out there.
It would be great if any communication in regards to going back to work from SSA were more positively worded. When people receive mail like their work activity reports they are scary and intimidating, maybe if they were more welcoming people wouldn't feel like they were doing something wrong by trying to go to work.
Though parents and friends opinion should not be the sole means of evaluating a claimant’s behavior, however it should be taken into great consideration due to the daily interaction they experience.
Dear Social Security Administration: Thank you for this opportunity to comment on evaluations of trauma related disorders. I agree with the comments submitted by Kevin Liebkemann, Legal Services of New Jersey, Emilia Sicilia, Urban Justice, and Jen Burdick, Community Legal Services. I will not repeat their comments. I want to stress that the failure of decision-makers to consider whether a person with a trauma related ...more »
Please see comments in attached document. Thank you.
Dear Social Security Administration: Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the following three questions about evaluating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma and stressor disorders. CLS agrees with the comments offered by Kevin Liebkemann and Emilia Sicilia. 1. How should we consider evidence about a claimant’s behavior and functioning from non-professional sources, such as parents or friends? ...more »
Following up on comments offered by Kevin Liebkemann and Emilia Sicilia, many children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Order have underlying trauma. Since ODD has been removed from the new Children Mental Impairment Listings at 112.08, it is very important that adjudicators not write off children with ODD diagnoses but explore for trauma issues. Guidance similar to that in SSR 09-2p, which requires adjudicators to ...more »
1. How should we consider evidence about a claimant’s behavior and functioning from non-professional sources, such as parents or friends? Answer: Evidence from non-professional sources is highly valuable in cases involving trauma. For many of the reasons documented in other comments, PTSD and other trauma-related disorders are underdiagnosed. (See submission from Kevin Liebkemann noting intermittent nature of symptoms, ...more »
What lesser-known symptoms of PTSD might be helpful for adjudicators to know about, and what professional sources support this information? a. Chronic sleep deprivation Chronic partial sleep deprivation is a known symptom of trauma or stressor related disorders. In our experience adjudicators often misunderstand its effects perhaps due to not fully understanding the impact it can have on function. When we mention chronic ...more »
Many of the symptoms of post-traumatic conditions that produce functional limitations and behaviors are severe but intermittent. For that reason it is critical for adjudicators to consider evidence from non-professional sources in conjunction with evidence from professional sources. It is consistent with the nature of the post-traumatic impairments that particular symptoms might not be consistently present and observable ...more »