Expediting Disability Claims: Personal or Public Safety

November 12, 2014

If there is evidence that a claimant is suicidal or homicidal, SSA will expedite the claim.  Evidence of suicidal or homicidal ideation can come from any source including:

the claimant

treating physicians or psychiatrists

family or friends

law enforcement officials

SSA employees

If it is determined that a claimant is a threat to himself or others, SSA will contact the appropriate authorities to ensure that everyone’s safety.  SSA should be advised immediately if a claimant expresses suicidal or homicidal ideation.

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