I am working with a person who has already applied for SSI and been denied. His request for reconsideration has also been denied. What can I do now to help? Is there anything I can do to speed up the process?
You can help him file for a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is in the applicant's best interest to keep the appeals process going because if he is approved at the hearing level he will be eligible for back payments going back to the protective filing date of his initial application.
Please see our Appeals page http://soarworks.prainc.com/topics/appeals. Here you will find our Tips for Pending Applications and Appeals document which outlines some of what you need to do at the hearing level (look under Scenario #2). You'll want the applicant to sign the SSA-1696: Appointment of Representative form, if you haven’t already. Then, request a CD of his/her record from Social Security. Together, you'll need to complete the HA-501: Request for a Hearing and the SSA-3441: Disability Report- Appeal (available on SSA’s website). You'll also need to turn in a new SSA-827:Authorization to Release Information. Be sure to submit the Request for a Hearing within 65 days from the date of the denial letter. If you haven't already, request his medical records, do the general and functional assessments and write a Medical Summary Report (MSR) just as you would for an initial SOAR application.
The other thing we would recommend is to file for a review on record. This might help you to avoid a hearing and eliminate a long wait. People who are eligible for a review on record are those individuals who may have additional diagnoses/medical records that were not considered previously. This does not take him out of the line for a hearing. So, if he's denied at review on record, he's still eligible for a hearing.