Special hearing rules apply to disability claims filed by residents in Region I (Connecticut,
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) and those Canadian
residents whose servicing field office (FO) is in the Region I.
The first level of appeal for claims is a reconsideration by the State Disability
Determination Services (DDS) except in New Hampshire, which is a prototype state.
In New Hampshire, the first level of appeal is a hearing before an administrative
law judge (ALJ).
Rules at the hearing level for disability claims filed by residents in Region I and
those Canadian residents, whose servicing field office (FO) is in Region I, are still