As of July 25, 2012, Social Security Ruling 12-2p is in effect. According to the Social Security Administration, this Social Security Ruling (SSR) provides guidance on how they develop evidence to establish that a person has a medically determinable impairment (MDI) of fibromyalgia and how they evaluate fibromyalgia in disability claims and continuing disability reviews under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
The Dayton Daily News recently reported that the Dayton office of the Social Security Administration had the second worst record in the United States for processing Social Security Disability appeals. However, its overall record has improved, and the office is no longer ranked with the slowest 20 offices in the country.
Many people with mental illnesses are ineligible for Social Security Disability (SSD), even though many psychological conditions qualify individuals for SSD benefits. That's because SSD is for people who have worked for a prescribed number of quarters and have paid into the federal disability insurance system. People with mental illnesses such as bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia are often unable to ever work long enough to acquire the required number of credits. Their only resource is often Supplemental Security Income (SSI) a federal program for the poor who have never paid into the system.
On August 1, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Social Security Amendment Act into law. This piece of legislation established Social Security Disability (SSD). In recognition of this anniversary, the congressional committee chairs issued a statement.