I'm just looking for opinions from any of you who have done this process for either yourself or your kids. difficult child has applied for SSI. Technically, I am applying for her - as in, I'm filling out all of the paperwork, etc, but since she is chronologically 18 years old the SSA sees it as difficult child applying. And, it's not SSI. It's Adult Child with a Disability. Since she draws a child benefit from my SSDI, and because they are counting child support that I received as her income (they also count it as mine, so they are counting it twice, but whatever), her income is too high for SSI. From my understanding, it's the same eligibility process, however if she were to apply for SSI later - such as when child support stops - they don't have to use the medical decision that is determined under Adult Child with a Disability, but they can. They really make this stuff way too complicated. Anyway, I got a call today from someone from Social Security who wanted to know if difficult child would consent to a "state paid exam". At least, he said he was from Social Security. The paperwork that we received to complete after filling everything out online and having an appointment came from the Bureau of Vocational Rehab or something. Like I said, they make this too complicated with too many names and programs that all essentially do the same thing. Anywayyyyyy...I was in the car and difficult child wasn't with me, so she has to call back. This is strange to me because I wasn't given an option to consent when my claim was being considered - I was told where and when to show up. I just assumed that it's a pysch exam because that is why she is filing, but I didn't have the presence of mind to ask specifically what type of exam. I will ask. My concern is that for my SSDI, they took the recommendation of a doctor who spent 15 minutes with me over 10 hours of neuropsychologist testing, medical records, etc. Until it went to court, anyway. I don't know what happens if she were to not consent. I'm really tired and didn't think to ask that, either. And I'm kind of afraid to. I don't want to give them reason to think it's not a legitimate claim, her psychiatrist and therapist are the ones who insisted that I file this for her, but no one's going to see the issues with difficult child in 15 minutes. So, my question is this - if she can opt out, would you? Does not consenting means automatic denial?