Committee to Evaluate the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Capability Determination Process for Adult Beneficiaries

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Select Populations and Health Equity, Substance Use and Mental Health
Boards: Board on the Health of Select Populations, Board on Health Care Services

Activity Description

An ad hoc committee will:

  1. Familiarize itself with SSA's current policy and procedures for capability determinations for adult beneficiaries; 
  2. Provide an overview of the capability determination processes in at least three similar benefit programs (at least one government program and one private sector program); 
  3. Compare SSA's program to these other programs; and
  4. Provide recommendations to improve the accuracy and efficiency of SSA's policy and procedures for capability determinations. 

To accomplish these objectives, the committee shall consider the following topics: 
  1. Capability determination processes used by other similar benefit programs; 
  2. Abilities required to manage, and direct the management of, benefits; 
  3. Effective methods and measures for assessing capability; 
  4. Use of capacity assessments tools; 
  5. Appropriate roles of our employees, State Disability Determination Services employees, and others in making capability determinations; and 
  6. Effects of SSA's decision to appoint a payee on the beneficiary. 

The final report shall include the study committee’s recommendations to SSA for improving their policies and procedures for capability determinations for adult beneficiaries.

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