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Implementation of Drug Addiction and Alcoholism Provisions in Disability Cases

By Ethel Zelenske

This column describes the implementation of provisions of the Social Security Administrative Reform Act of 1994 restricting disability benefit payments to drug and alcohol abusers. Among other things, the provisions impose a 36-month payment limitation on beneficiaries, require the suspension of benefits for noncompliance with treatment, and require beneficiaries to receive benefits through a representative payee.

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