Customized Assistance Service’s (CAS) Disability Services Program (DSP) assists Wellness, Comprehensive Assessment, Rehabilitation and Employment (WeCARE) clients on the Federal Disability track to file appeals when their applications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are denied. A new process has been developed to extend this assistance, when clinically indicated, to WeCARE clients with functional capacity outcomes (FCO) other than Unable to Work, Potentially Eligible for Federal Disability Benefits and to non-WeCARE Cash Assistance (CA) clients whose self-initiated SSI/SSDI applications are denied for medical reasons.
To determine if the individual meets the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability criteria, DSP conducts an assessment of the client’s medical and/or mental health condition(s) and reviews medical documents brought in by the client as well as any available WeCARE assessments. At the conclusion of the assessment, DSP completes the DSP-Appeal Assessment Form. If the assessment indicates that an appeal may be warranted, DSP refers the client to WeCARE for an evaluation of the client’s FCO. DSP signs the DSP-Appeal Assessment Form and scans it into the DSP Viewer for vendors to review via the WeCARE Viewer. Clients determined by WeCARE to be Unable to Work, Potentially Eligible for Federal Disability Benefits are referred back to DSP for assistance with the appeal process. Clients determined to have FCOs other than Unable to Work are not referred back to DSP but will continue to be engaged in activities based on their FCO.