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Disability Benefits - Comments

Empire Justice Comments on Vocational Factors in the Adult Disability Determination Process
Empire Justice Center comments to the Social Security Administration on proposed rulemaking on vocational factors of age, education, and work experience in the adult disability determination process. Read More

Empire Justice Comments to OTDA on Proposed Regulations regarding the State Supplement Program
Comments on the proposed regulations regarding the State Supplement Program (SSP), part of the monthly benefit paid to most Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, which will add a new Part 398 to 18 NYCRR and which also includes an amendment to 18 NYCRR 358-5.12. Read More

Empire Justice Center's Reopening Comments to SSA
Empire Justice Center's comments relating to proposed changes to the existing reopening regulations. Read More

Recommendations for next steps in mental health screening
This document sets forth recommendations a group of advocates presented to OTDA concerning the use of a mental health screen tool that OTDA has recently tested and validated. Read More

"Unfit" for NPR - Let's Get the Facts Straight on Disability
Members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the SSI Coalition for Children and Families, joined by the Coalition on Human Needs, the Children's Leadership Council, and other organizations, are concerned that a series recently aired on National Public Radio ("Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America and accompanying The American Life episode "Trends With Benefits," both reported by Chana Joffe-Walt) paints a misleading and inaccurate picture of the Social Security programs that serve as a vital lifeline for millions of Americans with severe disabilities. Read More

Comments on the Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders, 75 Fed. Reg. 51336 (August 19, 2010); Docket No. SSA-2007-0101 Read More

Empire Justice Center's Initial Reaction to Deficit Reduction Plan for 2009-10 State Budget
Reductions in services for those who have been most impacted by the recession will ultimately result in pushing more people over the edge into desperation. Read More