The claimant usually provides the name of someone we can contact to help him or her with the claim. We refer to this person as the designated third-party contact or third party. The designated third party is not the claimant’s doctor, but knows about the claimant’s medical conditions.
The claimant may designate a third-party contact verbally or in writing (e.g., on the SSA-3368-BK , Disability Report - Adult, Section 2, or SSA-3441-BK , Disability Report - Appeal, Section 1.D, or the SSA-454-BK Continuing Disability Review Report, Section 2). The FO may provide additional third party information in Section 11 Remarks on forms SSA-3368-BK, SSA-3441-BK or SSA-454-BK.
For a definition of a third party, see DI 23007.001B.
For information on making a reasonable effort to identify and involve a third party, see DI 23007.010.