PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Rehabilitation Services, Disability Determination Services, this class is accountable for the determination of eligibility for Social Security disability benefits.
Works under the general supervision of a Disability Claims Supervisor or an employee of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Provides professional service to claimants in the determination of disability benefits; evaluates and adjudicates initial, reconsiderations and childhood applications for disability filed under the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income programs; reviews evidence and renders determinations of eligibility in accordance with Social Security Administration law, court orders, rulings, and regulations; reviews evidence and renders determinations for ongoing benefits on Continuing Disability Review claims; develops and analyzes complex medical, non-medical, and vocational evidence for consistency, validity, and sufficiency; contacts claimants, physicians, hospitals, clinics, laboratories, rehabilitation facilities, attorneys and other claimant representatives to gather documentary evidence; confers with medical and other consultants to resolve complex problems; determines need for consultative examinations to obtain additional evidentiary documentation; prepares findings of fact, evaluates totality of evidence, and determines capacity of claimant to engage in substantial gainful activity; prepares written reports to document decision and issues formal determinations of eligibility; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of disabling conditions and medical terminology; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to gather, analyze, evaluate significant information pertinent to the claimant; ability in report writing; ability to relate to different cultural and economic backgrounds; ability to organize time, set priorities and manage workload.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of experience in the determination of disability within a state disability determination agency.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the general experience must have been at the level of Disability Claims Examiner Assistant and possession of a Master's degree.
Four (4) years of the general experience must have been at the level of Disability Claims Examiner Assistant and possession of a Bachelor's degree.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, special education, social work, or related behavioral or social science may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, special education, social work, or related behavioral or social science may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license or Identification Card.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel with or without an accommodation.
Under Sec 17b-651a of the CGS each incumbent offered a position of employment with the Department of Rehabilitation Services, Disability Determination Services, shall be required to submit to fingerprinting and state and national criminal history records checks as provided in section 29-17a and 404.s.c. S 11331, the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 and Executive Order 13467; and individuals must meet the credentialing standard of 221 of the Social Security Act.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(14)-EDUCATION B (P-3B)