Disability Evaluations

PLEASE CHECK YOUR PAPERWORK SENT BY DDS FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT DATE AND TIME.

If you are unsure, ask your case examiner at DDS if you are scheduled for:

  • 1-1.5 hour evaluation (no formal testing)
  • short battery testing (approx. 2-3 hours)
  • full battery testing (approx. 4-5 hours)

 

Location: 2620 S. Parker Rd., Suite 272, Aurora, CO 80014
(between cross streets: Havana and Yale).Bldg is set back between Smashburger and Hooters)
DO NOT GO TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES OFFICE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.

About The Psychologist / Scheduling

Colorado Disability Determination Services for the Social Security Administration has partnered with Dr. Lisa Griffiths, an independent psychologist from the Center for Valued Living, to conduct psychological evaluations and assessments for the purposes of determining eligibility for social security disability benefits. Dr. Griffiths (Colorado Licensed Psychologist #3615) and her support staff conduct the evaluations; Dr. Griffiths provides the SSA DDS with a report including testing data and psychological diagnoses. Dr. Griffiths does not make recommendations or determinations for SSDI eligibility.

The SSA DDS makes the appointments for claimants who have already filed for disability and are in need of further assessment. Dr. Griffiths cannot schedule or reschedule directly with claimants. Rescheduling appointments must be done through the SSA DDS. If you miss your appointment, you may jeopardize your chances of being considered for benefits so please take your appointment time seriously and schedule other obligations around it.

If you cannot make your appointment for whatever reason, please be sure to let the SSA DDS know and please also leave a voicemail for Dr. Griffiths at 720-347-8559 or email her at drlisa@c4vl.com. You do not need to contact Dr. Griffiths if you cancel with the SSA DDS with more than three days notice.

Paperwork Info

In order for Dr. Griffiths to write a thorough report and to expedite your time during the evaluation process, she requests that claimants thoroughly complete some initial paperwork before attending the evaluation session. Please thoroughly complete the SSA intake document and bring it with you to your appointment. Please DO NOT forget this document when coming to your appointment. It is essential for gathering data in a timely fashion.

It can be downloaded from the website http://www.centerforvaluedliving.com/office-information/forms/ (called “Social Security Disability Evaluation Intake Form"). Please also bring a valid government issued ID with you to your appointment for verification purposes.

Due to the short window of time allotted for evaluation appointments (only one hour if no extensive testing is performed), please do not wait to fill this form out at the time of the appointment, as it will significantly cut into or eliminate the ability to have the evaluation start/run on time. Please be as thorough with your answers as possible and answer all questions. The more relevant detail you can give, the better. For those questions that are not relevant, put “N/A.”

If you retrieve this document off the C4VL website, it is in a fillable PDF format so you can type into it instead of hand-writing (preferred). This is preferred for the sake of legibility. If you are unable to type into the PDF file, and you plan to hand write your responses, please be sure to write your answers legibly. If this is difficult for you, you may have someone with legible handwriting assist you in filling out the document. If you need help with it in general, please feel free to get assistance from someone. Please include only relevant information.

Appointment Info

On the day of your appointment, please arrive early or on time, as there will likely be another appointment after yours that will need to start on time. Please build in extra travel time in case finding the office is difficult or you encounter traffic. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, and especially if your paperwork is not completed, your appointment may need to be rescheduled through the SSA, as there may not be enough time to complete the evaluation.

If you are scheduled for extensive psychological testing, please be prepared to spend several hours at the office. As necessary, please bring lunch (or money for lunch), snacks, water, any necessary meds, etc. (we will take a short break between tests if necessary). Prepare for the day if you have to arrange for pet or child care.

If you are scheduled for an early appointment, you may be the first appointment scheduled so please be patient if you are waiting for Dr. Griffiths to arrive to the office. Please also be patient as there may be another appointment before yours which has run over time for a variety of reasons. While we make every effort to begin appointments on time, this is not always possible and we appreciate your understanding in this regard.

Also, please note that your evaluation will be conducted in a private practice therapy office and clients may be in session while you are in the office. Please keep noise levels to a minimum out of courtesy for other people receiving services. Please do not play loud games or talk on your cell phone while in the waiting room. Please relay this information to anyone who will be attending/waiting with you as well.

If possible, please find alternate arrangements for young children who are not being evaluated. If you cannot find care for them, they would need to be able to engage in quiet activities while you are in the office. We have toys in the waiting room for them to play with quietly. If this is not possible, please reschedule in advance with DDS as it is very difficult to conduct a proper evaluation with disruptive young children.

Please only take necessary medications. If you take medications that are for ADHD, please do not take them on the day of your evaluation so your performance is more accurate. If you use visual or hearing aids, please bring them and wear them for your evaluation. Please do not arrive to your evaluation under the influence of any substances.

Thank you in advance for taking these requests seriously. It will provide for a much more fluid and enjoyable experience for all. Looking forward to meeting with you!

(Please call the number on your DDS appointment sheet to speak to your DDS coordinator)

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