When a substitute party is not located, the FO notifies the DDS and the disability
hearing unit (DHU) by completing a SSA-5002 (Report of Contact) documenting that the substitute party could not be located and
includes the name and address of any known next of kin of the individual.
The PH reviewer proceeds with the PH case processing. If a continuance determination
is warranted, the PH reviewer will:
complete the form(s), SSA-832 or SSA-833 (Cessation or Continuance of Disability or Blindness Determination and Transmittal).
For additional information on completing the forms, SSA-832 and SSA-833, see DI 28084.000
send a notice of the reconsidered determination to the name and address of the ‘Next
of Kin of [name of deceased]’.
If a fully favorable determination is not warranted, the PH reviewer will send the
case to the DHU. For information on DHU handling of deceased individuals, see DI 33010.060.