Records from medical and nonmedical sources may be helpful in determining whether
the claimant’s impairment results in work-related limitations for an adult or limits
the ability to function independently, appropriately, and effectively in an age-appropriate
manner for a child under age 18 for a Supplemental Security Income claim.
In order to assess impairment severity over time, evaluation of a mental impairment
must take into account variations in the claimant’s functioning. Obtain evidence from
relevant sources over a sufficiently long period to establish the claimant’s impairment
severity on a regular and continuing basis.
See DI 22505.001 for further information on developing a complete medical history and DI 22505.006 for developing medical evidence outside of the applicable 12-month period.
NOTE: If the case has a Homeless Expedite flag, evidence may be available through a SSI/SSDI
Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) program or other homeless service provider.