Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders: A Rule by the Social Security Administration

Duration: 60 Minutes
This webinar will discuss the new changes to Social Security Listing of Impairments 12.00 Mental Disorders.
Evaluating Mental Disorders
Instructor: Douglas M. Greene
Product ID: 501892
Objectives of the Presentation
The key objective of the presentation is to make the attendees understand the new impairments and change in evaluation criteria for adult mental impairments.

Why Should you Attend
You must attend this webinar because there is a major change in how mental impairments will be analyzed by the Social Security Administration.

Areas Covered
Discussion of Changes to the Mental Listings Including:
  • Updating the titles of most of the listings
  • Keeping the structure of the 'paragraph A' criteria from SSA's prior rules in all of the listings (except for 12.05 and 112.05), and updating the paragraph A criteria
  • Renaming the titles of paragraph B1 (understand, remember, or apply information) and B3 (concentrate, persist, or maintain pace) to be linked by 'or' rather than 'and'
  • Removing all references to using standardized test scores for rating degrees of functional limitations for adults (except for listing 12.05)
  • Indicating that the greatest degree of limitation in any part of a paragraph B1, B3, or B4 area of mental functioning will be the degree of limitation for that whole area of functioning
  • Retaining the 5-point rating scale that SSA used in prior rules for rating degrees of functional limitations in adults
  • Reorganizing the listing criteria in listings 12.05 and 112.05, intellectual disorder, to reflect the three diagnostic criteria for intellectual disability; and
  • Creating new listings, 12.15 and 112.15, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, to reflect the updates in medical understanding reflected in the DSM-5
Who will Benefit
  • Social Security Attorneys
  • Workers Compensation Attorneys
  • Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Non-attorney social Security Advocates
  • Social workers that are involved with disabled workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
Topic Background
Changes to how mental impairments are evaluated for long term disability benefits
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Instructor Profile:
Douglas M. Greene, Esq has a decade of experience as a disability law attorney. Doug entered private practice full time after he left the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.

While with the Social Security Administration, he served as a Supervisory Attorney Advisor in both the Newark and South Jersey Hearing Offices. In July of 2011, he was promoted to senior attorney advisor for the Jersey City hearing office. He helped launch the office located temporarily at Federal Plaza in New York City by mentoring several new attorneys. Doug has given a lot of trainings as a senior attorney in Jersey City and has led many discussion groups on disability topics. Before joining SSA, Doug was a staff attorney for several years with Legal Services of New Jersey's SSI project, representing claimants before Administrative Law Judges, the Appeals Council and Federal Court.

Doug also did a judicial clerkship with Retired Judge James Mulvihill in the Criminal Division of the New Jersey's Middlesex County. In May of 2005, Doug graduated from Rutgers Newark School of Law, where he was a Dean's Merit Scholarship recipient and teaching assistant. Doug received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College in May 2000, with high honors in history and political science. While at Rutgers, he was an undergraduate fellow in the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
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