Continuing Disability Review

A Continuing Disability Review (CDR) is conducted by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make sure a person receiving SSA disability benefits still meets the eligibility requirements for disability, or to determine if a recipient’s condition has improved to the extent that the recipient can return to work. A review of a recipient’s case usually occurs every 5 years.  If a medical condition is unlikely to improve or if an individual is over 50, a review may take place every 7 years instead.

As part of the process the Disability Determination Service (DDS) reviews any new medical evidence in a recipient’s case.  In some cases, a recipient may be sent to a Social Security doctor for a medical review. Additionally, benefits may be discontinued if an individual has the ability to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA).

If a disability recipient is eligible for retirement and reaches full retirement age, Social Security disability benefits convert from disability benefits to retirement benefits. Full retirement benefits are usually equal to SSDI payments.

For continuing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits the income of parents and spouses is reviewed to determine an SSI recipient’s continued eligibility. A person cannot have more than $2,000 in assets and the SSA will count a spouse’s income when determining eligibility for a married SSI recipient. Also, a portion of parental income is counted to determine eligibility for child recipients.