Is the New Social Security Disability System dead?
For those who aren't aware, the social security administration implemented a new program called DSI quite a while back. DSI stands for disability service improvement and the alleged point of the program was to improve the system for individuals who apply for either social security disability or SSI.
The "improvement mechanisms", we'll call them, were designed (again allegedly) to 1. reduce the time required to get a decision on a claim prior to the hearing level, 2. improve the accuracy of decisions prior to the hearing level, and 3. reduce the time needed to actually get to the hearing level.
If you haven't heard of DSI, that's because it was only rolled out in the SSA boston region, which is essentially the new england states.
Will you ever hear of DSI if you live outside of these states? That is the 64,000 question. And, from the beginning, my feeling was "probably not", due to a whole host of reasons. I won't relist my rationale on this issue, but, suffice it to say, I have written about twenty pages on this blog as to why I think DSI is unworkable, pie-in-the-sky nonsense that does not improve the system and, instead, makes the system potentially more hostile to claimants.
Here's an interesting thread on the subject at SSA connect, titled "Is the new disability system dead". I certainly hope so myself because, in my estimation, it wasn't going to offer any advantages to disability applicants, particularly those who are denied for disability and need to appeal.
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