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Volume II

Transmittal No. II-5-12

Chapter: II-5-3

Subject: Disability Matters


This transmittal updates section II-5-3-1 of the Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual to update guidance on evaluating good cause for failure to follow prescribed treatment in the context of psychiatric impairments.

Explanation of Content and Changes

II-5-3-1 – We retitled the section replacing “good reason” with “good cause” for consistency with Social Security Ruling 18-3p. Throughout the section, we updated the language and citations to make it consistent with SSR 18-3p, including removal of the final two sentences of the second paragraph of the discussion. We updated the reference to HALLEX I-2- 5-34 to clarify that the referenced information appears in subsection A.2. We also made minor editorial changes.

Date: June 7, 2021