Can you tell me how to apply for SSI Disability?

By / March 3, 2016 / SSI Benefits / 32 Comments

Learn how to apply for SSI Disability and how much of the SSI application can be completed online and how much has to filed by phone or in the office.

You Can Start Your Application Online
To start an SSI application online, visit the Social Security Administration’s website ssa.gov. Click on the SSI tab and the website will give you step-by-step instructions on how to apply for SSI Disability.

You can start the application online by completing the online Disability Report for an Adult or the online Disability Report for a Child. However, you must make an appointment with the Social Security Administration—called the SSA for short—to complete the base SSI disability application form.

Although you can start your SSI application online, you do not have to. You can start your application with visit a Social Security office or by calling 1-800-772-1213 for an appointment. Allow plenty of time for this call because it is likely that you will be on hold for a long time before reaching a representative.

Information Needed to Complete an Adult SSI Disability Report
You will need the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all the medical providers who have evaluated or treated you for your disabling conditions and a list of your medications. You will also need the date you believe you became disabled and a list of the places you have worked in the past fifteen years. Be thinking about what your work duties were at each employer and the physical and mental requirements of the jobs because you will need to describe these on the report.

Information Needed to Complete a Child’s SSI Disability Report
If you are applying for a child, the online Child Disability Kit can be quite helpful in completing the Disability Report. The kit includes a worksheet that lists additional information needed for an SSI application for children. Some of the additional information needed for a child’s SSI application is a copy of any Individualized Family Service Plan or the Individualized Education Program Plan your child may have. The report will also ask for the names of your child’s school, school teacher, and school speech therapist or occupational therapist and information about school testing.

Information Needed to Finish Your SSI Application
When you have your appointment to finish applying for SSI, you will need to provide financial information about yourself and about a spouse you live with. In the case of a child applicant, you will be asked about the income and resources of the child’s parents and stepparents who live with the child and the child’s parent. This information is requested so that the SSA can determine whether your or your child’s countable income and countable resources are within the limits for SSI eligibility. Some of the income and some of the assets may be excluded from counting against the SSI limits, but it is important to declare all of them.

Our article Why Do I Have to Give Information about My Family’s Income and Assets When I Apply for SSI Benefits? gives an overview of why family income and assets are considered. The article What Are Deemed Income and Resources and How Do They Affect SSI Payment Amount and Qualifying for SSI Disability? goes into more detail countable family income and resources and What Are Deemed Income and Resources and How Do They Affect an SSI Application for Children? provides examples of how parents’ income and assets affect a child’s application.

You will also need to provide information about your or your child’s living arrangements so that Social Security can determine whether you are in a living arrangement that allows SSI payment and whether you are receiving in-kind support and maintenance from persons in the household who are not your spouse or the child’s parent. For a discussion of how living arrangements relate to your SSI application, please visit our article Why Do I Have to Say Who Lives with Me and Who Pays the Household Bills When I Am Applying for SSI Disability?

Non-English Speakers and Conducting SSI Business
The Social Security Administration, known as SSA, is committed to making its programs accessible to everyone who is eligible including non-English speakers. The Administration will provide an interpreter free of charge upon request. Usually the interpreter, the non-English speaker, and the SSA employee converse in a three-way phone call. Interpretive services are available in many languages.

Sometimes the applicant wants to use a friend or family member as an interpreter. This is possible if the proposed interpreter is an adult and meets SSA’s guidelines and agree to the terms of interpretation. The interpreter must be able to read, write, and speak fluently in English and in applicant’s language or dialect, agree to provide an exact interpretation of both questions and responses and not initiate any communication or infer facts or dates not provided by the applicant or the SSA employee; agree to comply with confidentiality, have no personal stake in the outcome of the case, and demonstrate familiarly with basic terminology used in SSA’s materials and interviews. SSA typically does not accept an interpreter who is a minor.

Required Proofs
You are required to provide proof of your citizenship or alien status, your income, and the value of all your countable resources. You must also present proof the income and assets of any family members whose income and assets are considered in determining your eligibility. If you are a sponsored noncitizen, you need to provide documentation of your sponsor’s income and assets and of the income and assets of the sponsor’s spouse, if the spouse live with the sponsor. Additional required proofs include proof of shelter and food costs where you live and of who pays those costs.

Applying for SSI Disability When You Are In a Public Institution
You are not eligible for SSI benefits when you are residing in a public institution such as a jail, a public hospital, or a nursing home where Medicaid is not paying for at least half of your care. However, you can file an advance application if you expect to be released from a public institution within a few months.

Under the prerelease procedures, you can complete an SSI application form and provide all the financial and medical information for your claim several months before you are released. SSA will process your claim as quickly as possible and tell you whether you qualify for SSI benefits once you are released from the public institution. If you receive an SSI approval, your benefits will start the first of the month after your release.

SSI and Foster Children
Disabled foster children are not eligible for SSI, but they may become eligible when they turn eighteen and are no longer supported by foster care payments. In order to ease a foster child’s financial transition into adulthood, SSI law allows foster children to apply for adult SSI benefits ninety days before their eighteenth birthday, following the instructions on how to apply for SSI disability for adults. This allows SSA time to evaluate the claim and have payment set up for the month after foster care support ends, assuming adult SSI disability qualifications are met.

Can you tell me how to apply for SSI Disability?
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  • Ashley

    I have a question. I am set to get $2300 in a settlement. I need that money to pay my mother back so I won’t see that $2300. Will that affect my ssi? And do I need to report it?

    • Dear Ashley,

      You do need to report the income. You will not be eligible for SSI in the month that you receive the settlement so it would be advisable not to give all the money to your mother and to retain an amount equal to the amount of SSI you usually receive so that you can support yourself that one month. Be sure to repay your mother in the month you receive the settlement so that you are not over the resource limit the following month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Ashley

        I’ll be getting the $2300 in January. I will receive $735 in SSI. So for the month of January I will not be eligible for SSI? But January I will? Cause the while $2300 is going to my mother thank youin advance for helping me understand.

        • Dear Ashley,

          You will not be eligible for SSI in January because you have will have income (money received) of $2,300. You will have to refund the $735 SSI you receive in January. If you reduce your assets to $2,000 or below in January by repaying the SSI overpayment and repaying your mother, you will be eligible again in February. On the other hand, if you still have over $2,000 in assets on February 1, you will not be eligible for SSI in February.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • I had a lawyer on my case gave her rights to get all my medical records from hospitals and doctors and meds.I lost contact with her about a year ago due to being homeless and no where to receive mail so I don’t even know what ever went on with my case if I was denied or did she even put in my application like she said she was going to after I sent her a signed copy to get my medical records.how to find out what ever happened if she even turned in my application don’t remember her name or the firm.i have very bad memory due to being beaten as a very young child and as a adult in the past.?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Annabelle,

      I suggest that you go to a local Social Security office and explain the situation. The claim record should show the status of the claim and the name and address of the attorney.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Denise

    I have depression and frequent panic attacks and now seeing a therapist and will be going into a partial hospitalization program. I also suffer from peripheral neuropathy which has finally been determined after almost 2 years. I did physical therapy, took Mri’s, xrays, and now I finally see a neurologist to determine the cause. I don’t sleep I’m in pain at rest I can’t sit long I have outburst at my family at any given time. I have been out of work since January and I just want to be alone most times. I applied for disability with Hartford and I have been pending forever. Would I qualify for SSI?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Denise,

      See my response of earlier today to your first post.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Denise

        Hi Kay,

        Thank you for responding, however I am unable to find your reply. This is all I see. I remember posting twice because I didn’t think it went through. Please help!

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Denise,

          Your first post and my reply are under the article “What Is Disability under Social Security Law?” under the “SSD Basics” tab at the top of this webpage.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Lisa

    My husband has just filed for retirement from a very good paying job at the age of 43 due to becoming disabled. I work part time and we have two children ages 15 and 12. What kind of benefits would be available to us and how soon can we apply? Do I have to wait until he is approved before I can apply for our children?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Lisa,

      Your husband should apply for Social Security Disability (SSDI) as soon as he stops work. He should list all his children on the application. Once he has been medically approved, you can apply to be payee for the children and present any proofs requested such as the children’s birth certificates.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Rhonda Kay Ginn

    Can you tell me how to apply for SSI Disability? I am 46 yrs old and haven’t worked for around 20 yrs but I have recently been in need of Suplimental income. When I was 16 I got a pinched nerve in my back and I saw a chiropractor for that. Then around the time my daughter was born I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, plus I have suffered for yrs from ADD and OCD for which I take medicine for to this day. Then in 2008 I was on a motorcycle where I was a passenger and we had an accident which caused me to have 2 collapsed discs in my back and scar tissue in my left knee. I was treated then by an orthopedic surgeon who said that I had torn my cartilage and the er didn’t figure that I needed to see anyone for my knee at the time so it just healed like that. I recently had more X-ray’s of my back and will be having an MRI in the near future and the X-ray’s revealed that my degenerative arthritis has gotten worse and I need injections. The reason I stopped working was because my daughter was born and I wanted to be the one that raised her and not a stranger so I put my career on hold. I am a hairdresser and by the time I wanted to go back to work my health wasn’t good enough for me to. I am just wondering if I would qualify for SSI and if so how do I go about applying online.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rhonda,

      Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and request an appointment to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Your application will be taken over the phone or you will be asked to go into your local office. If you don’t have an appointment set up within two weeks, call back.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Bernadette

    My sister has always had an issue with comprehending and following through correctly regarding tasks. When she was in grade school, teachers suggested she go to a special school. That didn’t happen. She’d go to Summer School to get to the next grade. Always struggled in her social skills and is now having problems at work. A place she’s been for over 20 years. She’s now 52. I believe they’re attempting to fire her with writeups on her work output, anger, etc. I always wondered how she’s kept her job because of her intellectual level. It’s come to a head at work. Everyday she’s being told she’s done something wrong. She ended up going to a psychiatrist because she’s been breaking down daily. They took her out for 2 weeks, but I fear that she will be back in the same situation. This issue is a little of a human relations problem which she’s investigating through EAP but I feel that there’s an underlying problem and she needs testing for an intellectual and social disorder. Would a psychiatrist that she sees through EAP and/or Kaiser be able to perform this or does she need to file for SSI and go from there to be tested? Thank you for any help.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Bernadette,

      There is no guarantee that your sister will undergo a psychological evaluation if she files a Social Security Disability (SSDI) claim or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim. I suggest that she use her Kaiser insurance and ask the psychiatrist for referral within her insurance system for cognitive and psychological testing while she still has insurance through her employer.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Bernadette

        Thank you for your response.

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Bernadette.

  • cody H

    I get ssi if i buy a used 1994 van so i can go to doctor office for my appt. will my ssi go up or down

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Cody,

      If you have no other vehicle and you pay for the van yourself, buying the van will not affect the amount of your Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Michaela C

      Hi, I have already been approved by Ss and they have been sending me my check. Problem is I still haven’t received my back pay.. It was at the processing center and it was there for months, then they said once finished it would come directly to me.. But they told me over a month the ago that it is done being processed, now when I called last two times, they said it wasn’t at processing center and didn’t know where it was.. All they knew was it had not been sent out to me.. I was told it would come directly to me from there. Do u know where it may be and how long til I get it? I need it bad so I can get a car. What am I supposed to do about this and how much longer is it supposed to take now that its been done being processed over a month ago?

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Michaela,

        Please tell me what office you have been communicating with so I can offer some suggestions. Have you been calling the 800 number or the local office?

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Angela Goff

    If we choose to not use a lawyer, will the gov. issue a doctor, and find our records? What is our options? thanks!

  • Angela Goff

    Do I have to have a new Mri? and does my son need one also? Also, do we need to get his medical records, or will, the lawyer?

  • Mae

    My son receives social security survivors benefits. If i apply for social security disability for anxiety, will i lose my right at his payee representative?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Mae,

      As long as you are mentally competent to manage money, you can continue to serve as your son’s payee.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  • veritas

    i applied in 9/97, i was approved for ssi and ssdi in 1/1998 , but never received my ssi and back pay. it has been many years. this will affect my medicaid and long term care benefits

    TY

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Veritas,

      If you received a notice that you were eligible for money you did not receive, you should contact Social Security with a copy of the notice. You cannot appeal a decision now, but if you received an award that was not fulfilled, it’s possible benefits could be paid now.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  • Don King

    My wife’s father has passed away, but he was on SSDI before he died. She is an adult and is herself on SSDI, is she eligible to receive any benefits due to the fact that he was on SSDI and she never received benefits when he was alive?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Don,

      No, your wife is not eligible for any benefits on her deceased father’s record. She would have to be either a minor or unmarried and disabled continuously since before age twenty-two to be eligible on his record.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Don King

        That’s what I figured, but wanted to make sure, thank you so much Kay.

        Other than COLA increases, is there any way to increase the amount of SSDI? I don’t mean to sound greedy, but $713 a month doesn’t go very far and I’m not able to work until after I get my heart transplant.

        Thank you in advance.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Don,

          Unfortunately, there is no way to increase your Social Security benefit. You might contact local social service agencies and non-profits to see if you qualify for energy assistance or food stamps.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

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