Disability Determination Services (DDS)

Disability Determination Services (DDS), fully funded by the Federal Government, are State agencies responsible for developing medical evidence and rendering the initial determination on whether or not a claimant is disabled or blind.

DDS will obtain evidence from the claimant’s own medical sources first. If that evidence is unavailable or insufficient to make a determination, the DDS will arrange for a consultative examination (CE) to obtain the additional information needed.

Consent for Release of Information, SSA-3288.

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