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Social Security Re-Opens Comment Period on Changes to the Mental Impairment Listings
Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it is taking additional comments (through December 9, 2010) on its proposed rules revising the “Mental Impairment Listings” that are used to assess eligibility for disability benefits (both SSI and SSDI).

Social Security Extends Comments Period on Proposed Changes to Mental Impairment Listings
On November 17, the Social Security Administration announced that it will be publishing a clarification on the proposed regulations making changes in the mental impairment listings used by the agency when adjudicating claims for disability benefits.

Help Us Improve Re-entry Support for People with Serious Mental Illness
A new bill is being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to help ensure that people re-entering the community can have ready access to the benefits they need to survive.

Extra Cash Payments for SSI and SSDI Beneficiaries Expected in May
In May 2009, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be mailing every Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), veterans’ disability beneficiary an extra one-time payment of $250. This payment will be mailed separately from each beneficiary’s May 2009 monthly check.

NAMI Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to the Social Security Appeals Process
NAMI has submitted comments to the Social Security Administration on proposed regulations amending the administrative appeals process that claimants with disabilities must go through in seeking eligibility for disability benefits (SSI and SSDI).

NAMI Comments on Social Security Quick Disability Determination (QDD) Process
NAMI offered the following comments on the Social Security Administration's proposed guidelines of the Quick Disability Determination (QDD) process. The QDD was first proposed in July 2005 as an alternative process designed to provide a prompt disability decision to those claimants who are the most severely disabled.

NAMI Comments on SSDI Eligibility for "Fleeing Felons"
The Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA) bars the payments of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments to fleeing felons and probation/Parole violators.