recommendations address initial eligibility determinations, that is, individuals who are first applying for disability benefits. For this reason, the committee has reviewed information that applies to all classes of potential beneficiaries, including children and adolescents and adults.
The committee has not explicitly addressed eligibility redetermination, the process of periodically recertifying eligibility for SSA benefits. The time interval for conducting redeterminations varies according to the medical condition. In general, they are scheduled every 7 years for individuals with conditions unlikely to change; every 3 years for conditions amenable to improvement; and as soon as 18 months for conditions likely to improve in the near future. Redeterminations for mental retardation are conducted every 7 years. Committee members view the standards for intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior assessment outlined in this report as applicable to the redetermination process as well.