Follow the CDR sequential evaluation process in the order shown, in most cases. However,
use a flexible approach as a way to facilitate appropriate continuances.
If the DDS receives evidence that clearly establishes continuing disability, stop
development and process a continuance. Skip the sequential evaluation process steps
as appropriate and discussed in this section to process a continuance, but do not skip steps in a cessation.
Develop all impairments and vocational issues before making a cessation determination
(except for Group II exceptions). If a Group II exception applies, find that disability
ceases without proceeding to steps that determine whether the individual can engage
in SGA, or for a Title XVI child, that the child's impairment(s) no longer results
in marked and severe functional limitations. Do not skip consideration and development
of a Group II exception to support a continuance in the sequential evaluation process
if evidence suggests a Group II exception may apply. For information about Group II
exceptions, see DI 28020.900.
Do not skip any step that could affect the outcome, and do not use this flexibility
as a way to routinely consider steps out of order. Exclusions to using the flexible
approach are discussed in DI 28005.005D.