Government Regulations Essay

Human Services are made to help and bring various services to those who are in need but as we know there isn’t enough aid to help each and every individual there are different qualifications and policies that are made in order for them to receive the services and it is a process that can take some time.

If these policies and regulations weren’t set then any and every one would be trying to receive some sort of aid whether it is a necessity or not and there would be a waiting time frame that would be very extensive due to the fact there would be too many people trying to get help but not enough help so these policies and regulations are in effect not in a negative way but so that people who actually need the help are getting it instead of taking advantage like some try to get away with doing.

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The target population’s I focused on were the disabled and children and families of low income which seem to me to be the two groups that are steadily increasing in the amount of individuals who need the necessary services that can be provided like with the disabled, SSI and SSDI. Then for the children and families with low income, the services include TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

SSI (Social Security Income) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) programs provide critical income support for those who meet eligibility requirements. The SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) initiative aims to improve access to SSI/SSDI benefits for individuals who are homeless through an extensive strategy designed to alleviate the challenges this population faces when navigating the SSI/SSDI application process.

SSI/SSDI eligibility is liable on having a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. To even be eligible for SSI benefits, individuals must pass an income and resource test and be deemed disabled. But to be eligible for SSDI, individuals must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and also be deemed disabled. According to the uniform definition of disability applied in all states, individuals are disabled only if they have a medically determinable physical r mental impairment that is expected to last at least 12 continuous months or to result in death. It also must prevent them from performing substantial gainful activity that is, earning about $900 per month and results in functional impairment in at least two of four areas. Applicants are responsible for submitting the information necessary to document their medical conditions, and each state’s DDS (Disability Determination Service) decides whether the applicants meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria.

Given that disability determination is based on several factors this makes it so that applicants often face difficulty compiling needed information or judging whether they meet SSA’s eligibility criteria. Providing enough documentation that verifies medical and functional disability requires that contact information for treating providers in the application must be complete, and also that treating providers must respond to requests for information.

The information must be adequate to permit claims adjudicators to make a medical determination of disability. With policies such as these in effect this makes it so that there isn’t a substantial amount of individuals trying to get the necessary aid if they don’t qualify for it then it shouldn’t be given to them because there will be someone else who may be in dire need but would be put on a waiting list of some sort that could take a large amount of time to go through.

There was an issue with people who are of excessive amount of weight or obese trying to apply for disability because of their weight problem which many feel isn’t right because they didn’t get severely injured on a job like other’s they made their health decline themselves because they allowed themselves to get too overweight which causes a lot of controversy because some feel that they should be able to get disability if you struggle with being obese and that very reason is why policies were put in to effect so that the individuals who qualify for either SSI/SSDI can get the proper services they need after they go through the application process and are approved.

References

Kauff, J. (2009). Findings from a study of the ssi/ssdi outreach. Retrieved from http://aspe. hhs. gov/hsp/10/SOAR/index. shtml Waidmann, T. (2008, May). xamining the relationships between excess body weight, health and disability. Retrieved from http://aspe. hhs. gov/daltcp/reports/2008/weight. htm

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