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Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Disability Determination Services - South Carolina

The Disability Determination Division of the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department processes Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability claims under the provisions of the Social Security Act. Individuals receive benefits from these programs when physical or mental impairments prevent them from working.

In both the SSI and SSDI programs, benefits normally continue until the individual medically recovers or returns to work. Under new work-incentive provisions in the Social Security regulations, however, an individual whose medical condition has not changed substantially, but who is attempting to return to work, may continue receiving benefit payments and medical insurance coverage for an extended time. Through the Pathways to Employment program, eligible individuals can learn about work incentives and other resources and supports that are available to help them make an informed choice about working.

Disability determination is carried out by a disability examiner and a state agency medical consultant to determine the extent of the disability. They are trained to evaluate the medical and vocational factors associated with a disability under the requirements of the Social Security Act. In addition to disability decisions, disability examiners also review each claim to determine the individualís vocational rehabilitation potential and refer the individual for VR services if appropriate.

The Disability Determination Division operates from regional offices in Charleston, West Columbia, and Greenville. The West Columbia location also houses the administrative staff and the appeals and state claims unit.

Also see:

Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Eligibility

Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Locations

Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Overview


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