Module #2

The Medical Continuing Disability Review and the Age 18 Redetermination

This toolkit will help you understand the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program’s two types of medical reviews that will face transition-aged youth (ages 14 through 25).  Using this toolkit, you can explain the medical review process to youth, their families, and others who assist them.


Social Security Resources, in General

The Medical Continuing Disability Review and Age 18 Redetermination

SSI Continuation, Following a Termination, Under Section 301

Finding a Representative to Assist with an SSI Appeal

  • Reach out to your Legal Services or Legal Aid program for your state or region of the state.  See federal Legal Services Corporation website and its “Our Grantees” page,, for a link to the grant-funded program in your state or region of the state.  

  • Reach out to your Protection and Advocacy Program for your state (many have “Disability Rights” in their program name).  See National Disability Rights Network website, (see the U.S. map on their home page, under the description, “Find Help in Your State”). 

  • Reach out to private attorneys in your area who may, for a fee paid through back benefits if they win the appeal, agree to handle an SSI appeal.  A search for the bar association in your county or region of the state may be the best way to find private attorneys who handle these appeals. 

Social Security’s Ticket to Work “Find Help” Page

( – from home page can navigate to find contact information for number or resources for your state or region of a state. 

  • Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Projects – offering free benefits counseling to Social Security and SSI recipients pursuing work. 

  • State VR Agencies 

  • Employment Networks – providing services through Ticket to Work 

  • Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security programs