It is important to remember that you can reevaluate capability regardless of past
determinations. Therefore, you must always be alert to changes in circumstances that
might indicate the need for a new capability determination.
You must consider reviewing a beneficiary’s capability whenever there is an allegation
or indication that a beneficiary’s capability has changed or when you receive a valid
request for a new determination indicating that the prior capability determination
may no longer apply. Consider whether such a reevaluation is necessary anytime you
contact a beneficiary who has a payee. For example, an incapable beneficiary who requests
direct payment may now be capable, or a capable beneficiary admitted to a mental hospital
may now be incapable.
NOTE: “Consider reviewing” does not necessarily mean conducting a full capability
development. It means examining the indicators in a case and deciding whether you
need full development.