You may determine a closed period of disability when:
the claimant was disabled for at least 12 continuous months or was blind (no duration
disability or blindness ceased after the month of filing, but prior to the date of
adjudication. Apply the medical improvement review standard in determining when disability
REMINDER: If the claimant’s disability ceases prior to the application effective date, there
is no entitlement to supplemental security income benefits for a closed period of
disability. Retroactivity does not apply to Title XVI claims.
NOTE: If the claimant performs substantial gainful activity (SGA) after the month of filing,
but prior to adjudication, the disability determination services cannot make a closed
period of disability determination based solely on SGA. Establish the established
onset date and complete an assistance request to the field office to investigate the
work issue for a work continuing disability review.
DI 13010.010 Handling Events That May Require a Work Continuing Disability Review (CDR).