Social Security Disability &
  Special Needs Planning News
 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law
In This Issue:
Social Security's New Mental Impairments Listings Go Into Effect January 17, 2017
October 26th Workshop: Planning for the Future: Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts
Benefits for Wounded Warriors
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Issue: # 91

 September 2016

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Welcome to our monthly newsletter. 

These monthly newsletters are designed to provide useful information on Disability Law & Issues with a special emphasis on Social Security Disability & Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and Special Needs Trusts & Planning.

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Social Security's New Mental Impairments Listings Go Into Effect January 17, 2017.
Social Security Application
One way a claimant can be approved for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is to be  found to meet one of the medical listings.

These Listings are grouped by the specific disability involved, whether physical or mental or a combination of several physical or mental disorders.

Under the appropriate diagnosis is a list of requirements that must be shown before the claimant is considered to be disabled. This allows Social Security's guidelines to be strictly regulated and uniform, and relatively simple to interpret.

Several years after proposing changes to the mental impairments, Social Security has finally completely revised these listings. The new listings were published at 81 Fed reg. 66138 (September 26, 2016). They are effective for cases decided on or after January 17, 2017. 

These new listings for Adults are:

12.02  Neurocognitive disorders

12.03 Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders

12.04 Depressive, bipolar and related disorders

12.05  Intellectual disorder 

12.06 Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders

12.07  Somatic symptom and related  disorder

12.08 Personality and impulse-control  disorders 

12.09 [Reserved]

12.10 Autism spectrum disorder

12.11 Neurodevelopmental disorders

12.12 [Reserved]

12.13  Eating disorders 

12.14 [Reserved]

12.15 Trauma-and stressor-related disorders

For detailed information on these new and revised listings please click here.

October 26th Workshop: Planning for the Future:  Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts
Are you interested in learning more about how to save
for your loved one's needs without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits?

Attend this workshop to
learn more about:

What is a special needs trust?

What are the differences and benefits of a first-party, third-party, and pooled special needs trust?

What is an ABLE account? How is it different than a special needs trust? What are its advantages?

What do you need to know to get started with establishing a special needs trust or ABLE account?

Speakers: Sheri Abrams, Eric Jorgensen, and Tia Marsili 

Wednesday October 26, 2016, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Sponsored by ServiceSource as part of their monthly workshop and open house.

Being held in the ServiceSource Building:  10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton, VA 22124.

For more information, please click here.
Benefits for Wounded Warriors
Through the Wounded Warrior program, Social Security expedites processing of disability claims of current military service members or veterans disabled while on active duty on or after Oct. 1, 2001. 

Also, service members and veterans who have a Veterans Administration compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total (P&T) may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits.

Keep in mind, this expedited process applies to only the application process. To be eligible for benefits, you must meet Social Security's strict definition of "disability," which means:
  • You must be unable to do substantial work because of your medical condition; and
  • Your medical condition must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year or to result in death.
You can apply online here or call Social Security's toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. 

For more information on benefits for veterans click here.

Free Download of Sheri Abrams' Book "Don't Gamble With Your Social Security Disability Benefits"

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