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How long after my SSI approval will I have to wait to get my SSI back pay?

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Learn when you will get your SSI back pay after an SSI approval and when and how you will receive your ongoing SSI payments.

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An Interview is Required Before Payment

After you receive a disability SSI approval, whether on your initial claim or on an SSI appeal, your local Social Security office will contact you for an interview to see if you have had any changes in your income, resources, living arrangements or other eligibility factors since you filed your claim.

Once they have all the information and supporting documentation they need to determine your payment amount for each of the past months and the current month, they will issue you a retroactive check for all months beginning with the month after your SSI application through the current month. For information about payment calculation see our article “How Does the Social Security Administration Decide How Much SSI to Pay Me When I Get an SSI Approval?

Paying Back Public Assistance

If you received certain interim cash assistance from a state while you were waiting for your SSI claim to be processed, Social Security must use part of your back pay to reimburse the state.

Windfall Offset

The windfall offset applies to people who are eligible for Social Security and SSI back pay for the same months. The offset is used to keep people from getting more benefits than they would have had if both SSI and Social Security been paid on time. Usually, your SSI is paid in full and your Social Security Disability benefit is reduced by the amount of the offset, which is the amount that your SSI would have been reduced if Social Security had been paid when due.

In the rare case that your Social Security back pay is released to you first without reduction for the windfall offset, the offset amount will be withheld from the SSI back pay. If any months result in ineligibility due to the offset, the Social Security Administration will pay $1 in SSI benefits for these months to protect possible retroactive Medicaid eligibility.

Installment Payments

If your SSI back pay is a very large amount, it may be paid out to you in three installments or less, each six months apart. There are three exceptions. All unpaid benefits will be paid in one lump sum if you have a medical condition that is expected to result in death within twelve months or you are no longer ineligible for SSI and it is expected you will remain ineligible for twelve months. The last exception allows increased payments in the first and second installments to satisfy certain debts.

Ongoing SSI Payment Dates

SSI payments are due on the first of each month. If the first falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the payment will be available on the last business day before the weekend or holiday.

Payment Delivery Choices

Currently, some SSI recipients receive their monthly payments in a check mailed to them; however, the check option is coming to an end. Beginning March 2013, the government will require that all SSI payments be made electronically. There are three electronic transfer-of-fund choices. The first is direct deposit into a checking, savings, or brokerage account at a financial institution such as a bank, credit union, or brokerage.

The second choice is to have a Direct Express® debit card. The government issues the card to you and the Treasury Department “loads” your SSI payment to the card each month. You can use the card as a debit card to make purchases or to withdraw cash. There are three ways to get a Direct Express® card. You can apply for one when you apply for SSI benefits. You can call the Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Contact Center at 1-800-333-1795 or sign up online at www.GoDirect.org

The third choice is an Electronic Transfer Account, which is a low-cost federally insured account to which your payments would be transferred each month. You can find a bank or other financial institution near you that offers this type of account by visiting www.eta-find.gov. All three choices assure safe delivery of the payments due you pursuant to your SSI approval.

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1,222 Comments

  1. ROSE VIEIRA says:

    dear Kay i have an urgent stuation my grandmother found out that i filed for ssi and is now demanding i 150 in rent and she want it by the end of this month but ssi said i wont know anything til november 22 what should i do i an panicing cuz if i get kicked out so dose my 5 year old daughter and we have no place to go should i contact ssi and tell tem the situation im in

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rose,

      You might be able to get one emergency advance payment because you have received a verbal eviction notice. If you do not succeed in getting an advance payment, try to get a letter from Social Security that verifies you are not yet receiving benefits, that you have been approved but payment is still being processed. Then take that letter to your grandmother and tell her that you will pay her as soon as you get some money.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • ROSE VIEIRA says:

        they said its still pending and that their doctors havent even looked at my paper work yet

      • Yvette says:

        Dear Kay I’m not sure how to post, so I went under reply. I received my award letter September 15,2016. How will they know where to deposit my back pay? My son is now 18. He received benefits from my husband (Step Father) when he was 16 thru 18. Now will I still receive back pay for him as well,even if he received benefits from my husband?

        Thanks

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Yvette,

          Report your banking information to your local office so that your benefits can be direct deposited. If your earnings history is sufficient to pay dependent benefits and you are eligible for months before your son turned eighteen (or nineteen if still in high school),your son may be eligible for additional benefits under a combined Maximum Family Benefit. Now that he is age eighteen, the benefits are likely to be paid to him directly, so he should also provide bank account or address information.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Tiffany says:

      Hi Kay. I didn’t know how to start a thread. But was wanting to know if I got approved for ssi on Aug 14th and a interview in office Aug 29th they said I should receive a check in the mail in 10 days after 10 days I called to see what was the hold up and then they stated that they are waiting on the financial banks to verify that I don’t have any accounts with money in them how long does that take to get verified its been 10 days n they are still waiting on financial institute response.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Tiffany,

        I do not know the answer to your question. I did not know that Social Security made negative verifications. If you wait another ten days without benefits, you might call and ask the representative to follow up on the request.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  2. MICHELLE says:

    I recently received notice that my daughter qualifies for SSDI through her dad. Her dad has been estranged so I have not spoken with him regarding the process. I provided all of the information the SS office requested. I’m wondering if I will get a notice regarding the status or if benefits just begin to be deposited to the account insupplied? Child su]ort gas been very sporadic something/anything coming in consistently will be helpful.

  3. Tee says:

    Hello Kay i apply for SSD and SSI in 2010 I get from work comp 1187.40$ In 2010 but the ssd they told me that im not getting SSI and after that I apply agine for SSI not qualify for SSI I was like why so now I apply for SSi after my work comp stop in 6/ 20015 I was wating all this time for form 1709 to show that my work comp stop I get the form from work comp 7/11/20016
    I call SSI to make apoument Now the SSI call me on day and say we sorry we make mastake on your SSI and wee need more time tel 9/21/2016 cos we need to go back to 2012 cos you apply for SSI and SSD on same time back on 2012
    Okay I’m asking you did the SSI should Bay me from the date that they found me desapili befor 2012 or 2012 ?? And haw Mutch they should Bay me a mons ?? I make on year from My job I get disapili from $ 27000.853 that’s my last year of work they should bay me %80 of that ??? I’m only getting now 414$ a mons can you pleas help me to answer all that think you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tee,

      I am unable to tell you how much Social Security Disability (SSD) you should be receiving or when the calculations will all be straightened out. I can provide some general information. The 80% you refer to is 80% of your Average Monthly Earnings as determined by Social Security. It is not just the last year of your work. Additionally, the 80% is a maximum amount you can get between Social Security and workers compensation (WC) in any month that WC and SSD overlap. If you received a lump sum settlement, the settlement will be prorated (spread) over a period of time often into the future for several months or even several years depending on the amount and terms of the settlement. Therefore, your SSD could be reduced in months in which you no longer received WC benefits.

      You reference “SSI.” SSI is Supplemental Security Income. You would not have been eligible for SSI in any month you were receiving $1,187 in workers compensation or other income of $753 or more. (This figure is slightly more in some states that pay an SSI state supplement.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  4. peter guy says:

    I got my first ssi back pay already i am due for my next month this month but have no idea when i will be getting it at all, will it show up any day now or will i even get an notice.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Peter,

      The SSI installment payment can be paid any time during the month. If you haven’t received it by the end of the month, follow up with your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Dear Kay I don’t know if you will get this or not trying to figure out how to wright to you. My question . I have no income at all. And havnt for months. Receive fs and live with my sister. I have a child his dad does for him. But I receive no funds! So would my monthly payment be the full 733.00? Ty starla

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Starla,

          Because you are getting free shelter, if you are approved, your SSI will be reduced by as much as $244.34. When you start getting income, if you pay your share of shelter or pay fair market value for rent, your SSI can be increased.

          Your share is the total shelter expenses divided by the number of people in the household. Shelter expenses are shelter utilities (power, heat, water/sewer, and garbage) and rent or mortgage, property tax and, if required by the lender, property insurance.

          FMV for room is the amount such rooms are renting for in your geographic area. Social Security law does not specify an amount required to be paying fair market value for room because the economy is different in every location. You can figure out a fair market rental rate by looking at ads for room rentals in your area or by choosing state and county on the federal HUD website at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/fmr/fmr_il_history/select_Geography.odn. It will not list rooms, but it will list studio or efficiency (one-room) apartments. A room in a house would probably be about half of that amount.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  5. Jerry says:

    I applied for SSI/SSD and I would like to know if I do get approved will my back pay be garnished if I owe any money for student loans?

    • Jerry says:

      I recently asked if I’m awarded SSI benefits and if back pay is to be given will any funds be taken out for student loans. I also would like to include do you know if back pay will be paid for any dependants? If so how is it calculated and issued for said dependants? Any information would be helpful & thank you…

      Regards,
      Jerry

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jerry,

        Please see my response of today regarding your first question. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not pay dependent benefits. If you are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) and your lifetime work earnings are high enough, your children will receive benefits. I can’t provide any information about how much as it will depend on how high your benefit and your family maximum benefit (FMB) are. The difference, if any, between your benefit and your FMB will be payable to your children.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Lashonda says:

          I appealed my child ssi and asked for payment continuation how long does it take to start receiving payments again

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Lashonda,

            It depends on the time of month you appealed and requested continuance. If it was early in the month, there should be no gap in payment. If it was midway to late in the month, the payment should not be more than a couple months late.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jerry,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSD) can be garnished for student loans that are in default. SSI cannot be garnished for student loans.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  6. Effie says:

    Dear Kay,

    I received a Direct Express card in the mail yesterday (Friday August 26). My interview with the SSI representative was on Thursday, August 11 & the SSI representative said she would process my paperwork & give me a call back on Monday, August 15 with benefit amounts but she never called. I am probably just going to receive the approval letter with SSI payment amounts in the mail, correct. Will SSI calculate a partial month for August?

    Another confusing piece of SSDI ~ my SSDI is a larger monthly amount due to my work history. I spoke with my representation before the judge. My lawyer said that the 5 month SSDI waiting period began on my onset date & that the 5 months has been fulfilled. I was advised that approximately within the next 6 weeks my SSDI will begin & I’ll be transitioned to SSDI & any SSI payments will be deducted from the lump sum SSDI & if I receive any SSI back pay that will also be deducted. I totally understand the pay back to SSI. So the information I received from my lawyer is correct? Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Effie,

      SSI will be paid in full months only. It will begin to accrue the month following the month in which you applied unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits will start with the month of application. SSDI will start the later of the sixth full-calendar month after your established date of disability or twelve months before application, whichever is later.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  7. Lesley says:

    Hello Ms. Kay
    I had a question about the installment payments for back pay. Do they give you the second installment on the first of that six month or its no particular date it just comes within that month.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lesley,

      The installment payments can come on any day in the month. If you don’t receive payment by the end of the sixth month, follow up with your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  8. Marie2010 says:

    How do the process work my son claim was appeal and got approve after I get his approve letter in the mail.. do they send his benefits right away in the mail … do his back pay come first or his monthly benefits.. I applied back in June of last year 2015 … I was told he get his full benefits and they determining how much he gets bk…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marie,

      Your son’s first monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is likely to be paid before the back pay. If your son is under age eighteen, the back pay may have to be deposited to a Dedicated Account with restricted use. If so, you will be told to open a dedicated bank account. You can read about Dedicated Accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  9. Missy says:

    I was wondering if u could help me. My fiance was approved for ssdi we were never notified of the amount he got a check for 2,199 in mail yesterday is that part of his back pay? Also will our son get a separate check ea h month and seprate back pay check or is the check he jus got for him and our son? Sorry jus confused trying to figure this out
    Thxs missy

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Missy,

      The amount that your fiance received indicates that it is the first installment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay. He will probably receive a monthly SSI benefit on the first of September. SSI does not pay dependent benefits and back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart with the first two not exceeding $2,199.

      It is possible that your fiance was also approved for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI). If so, after SSI has been paid, SSD will be paid. SSD back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits payable for the same period. Additionally, depending on your fiance’s work history, dependent benefits may be payable. If they are, you or he will have to apply to the child’s payee. If you are made payee, the payment will come to you. If he becomes payee, at that time he can can ask about how the benefit will be paid .

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  10. Thanks says:

    My daughter has been approved went in for the financial review now they say in 3 days they will do the calculation and send me a letter of what’s what and put the money on a card can I say my boyfriend charging my daughter his step daughter rent and bills so her Ssi payment can go up to 733 rent is 800 bills about 400 four of us in the apartment my daughter me boyfriend and our son

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Thanks,

      Yes, after your daughter has income, your boyfriend can charge your daughter her share of the rent and shelter utilities that are not included in the rent. Shelter utilities are heat, power, water/sewage, and garbage. He can also charge her share of food if you all eat together. Her share is one-quarter of the total cost.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  11. ROSE VIEIRA says:

    dear kay when i went to file for ssi they had it on file that i became disabled in 2012 is it posible to get back pay from that far back

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rose,

      If you apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on the first of the month, SSI benefits will begin the month of application. If you apply on any other day, SSI starts on the month after application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Priscilla says:

      Hi Kay. Sorry i don’t know how to start a new post. I have posted a question last week and have not gotten a response. My hrg was on June 13, 2016. Last week my attorney told me that the disability examiner agreed that I was disabled. Is that an automatic approval for the judge? Thank you

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Priscilla,

        Your original question and my answer were posted under a different question. Here is my response:

        The consulting physician’s report will be taken into consideration, but the doctor does not make the decision because the doctor is not trained in Social Security law. The consultant is supposed to provide Social Security with a medical examination report that includes diagnosis, findings, and your limitations/restrictions, not a disability decision or opinion.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  12. ROSE VIEIRA says:

    dear kay i was told by a frien who also gets ssi that she got her money two weeks after her appoinment is that possible

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rose,

      It is possible if your friend had a very serious illness that would allow a determination of presumptive disability, meaning that benefits would be paid until evidence was gathered to support a formal approval.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  13. Anthony Badurina says:

    First off Thanks for helping everybody. I was approved for SSI on March 16. They told me in order to get the full amount I need to show proof that I pay rent and utilities. I live with my dad in his house so I had him write up a letter saying I pay 400$ in rent and 50 in utilities and took it to them. How long does it usually take to get the full payment.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Anthony,

      Depending on the workloads in your local office it can take from about ten days to a month or more the your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) change to be processed. The increase will take effect two months after you started to pay rent, assuming you are purchasing your own food.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Anthony Badurina says:

        Thank you Kay, I do pay for my own food but with SNAP. Do you think the fact that I get SNAP could be the reason I have not gotten the $244 1/3 rest of my payment. Nothing was said about food on the Letter I took to the ss office or is that the reason.

  14. Joyce says:

    Hi I’ve been recieving ssi since Jan 1 2000 since I was 12 now I’m 28 because social security rep told me that I accumulated enough credits for me to apply for ssd in I did that may 20 in I just recieve a letter stating that my ssi will still continue because I’m still disabled now that was for ssi then I receive a letter of an appointment from social security stating that they need to take claims for my children as auxiliaries on my record does that mean my ssd was approve? I called them in the lady told me that she has the decision in there system but couldn’t tell me because they have to give them time to mail me out the decision letter so I’m trying to figure out them wanting my kids information is a sign that I was approve for ssd

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Joyce,

      Yes, the request for an application for your children indicates that your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim has been approved medically. Once your Social Security starts your SSI will either be reduced or terminated, but you will have at least $20 more income than you have with SSI alone, plus your children’s benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  15. rose vieira says:

    hi i dnt knw whats going on but everyones questions are being answered but min i posted it a while ago acn some one plz look at it and give me a answer

  16. Tasha says:

    My son was paid incorrectly for 2 years on his ssi, his worker finally straightened it out and he is now owed almost $6000 in backpay. His worker stated that I would receive his backpay as soon as I opened a dedicated bank account and that until I did it was just sitting there. I opened a bank account 3 months ago and went straight from the bank to local office to submit the form with my account information. A month later I still hadn’t received my first installment so I called my case work each week for 4 weeks and did not receive a rresponse, finally last month I called the main ssa office and a representative took my bank account and routing information, I still have not received a payment. Is this a typical wait time or how else should I proceed. This is in Indiana if that matters . Thanks in advance for any information.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tasha,

      I would expect that the benefits should have been released by now, but it appears you have done all that you can. While you wait, I suggest that you review the rules for the use of Dedicated Accounts because what the funds can be used for is quite restricted. More information is available at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  17. Shayla says:

    Hi my son was recently approved for ssi and I received the award letter explaining everything but when I called they told me that Treasury had the funds and it should have been mailed out they couldn’t tell me where the check was mailed from and I live in Texas can anyone help???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shayla,

      If a paper check was mailed and it has been twelve days since the date that the check was supposed to have been mailed, you can file a report of non-receipt and a request for a replacement payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  18. rose vieira says:

    hi my name is rose i currently signed up for ssi but orginally filed for disability and got deniened but recently got paper work to file for both ssi and disability i am confused why do i have to file for both when in the past i have filed for disability and was denied i took it to court and was still denied but now i have to apply for both is it posiable to get back pay for both if im approved they have me bringing in my bank info when i go in for my appoinment on the 18 of august

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rose,

      It is possible to be approved for both Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You are required to apply for SSD if you apply for SSI. If you are approved for both, the SSI will be paid first and the SSD back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits paid for the same months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  19. dixie a worthington says:

    Dear SS, I recently applied (mid-July) for SS. I am almost 3 years pass full retirement age (66). How does back pay work in this scenario? Will I receive back pay retro to the date that I was eligible? And when can I expect my first payment? I applied on line. Is there more to the process than merely applying online? Thank you for your assistance.

    Respectfully,
    Dixie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dixie,

      Maximum retroactivity for Social Security retirements is six months before the month of filing. The first monthly benefit may start before the back pay is released. If you were already entitle to Medicare, you will not have to submit proof of age; otherwise, you need to submit a birth certificate to prove your birth date. You can take your proof to your local office and ask that the office associate the proof with your online claim.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  20. Cherise says:

    Hi I had a couple of questions my mom was recently approved for SSI she just went in today for her I think Financial meeting. It says on her paperwork that she is disabled and her disability began on July 6th 2011. I was just wondering since she’s had multiple claims throughout that time if she would be getting back pay from that date, since they stayed that’s when she was first disabled. Also I seen a lot of statements that the maximum amount for the first two checks are $2,199, does that mean the rest of it comes in another lump sum in the 3rd check? And I was just wondering, since she is approved about how long does it take for the first check to show up?
    Also we live in the state of California, and my mother has been receiving gr General Relief, I was just wondering what’s the maximum they can take back to repay the state? And if they do to take out money to repay the general relief, will that come out of the back pay or the monthly payments? Any and all information will be very helpful, thank you again for answering all of these peoples questions and hopefully mine.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cherise,

      Your mother’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will begin the month after she filed her last SSI claim (not appeal). The full remainder of back pay will be paid in the third installment. The State of California will be repaid only from your mother’s back for the general assistance she received. I suggest that she check with the state to see if there is a maximum repayment. Monthly SSI benefits can start within a week to more than a month after the financial update interview.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  21. Nes says:

    Hi I went to the social security office after being approved for benefits I looked online on ssa it says a one time payment with the date of July 15 2016 what’s does that mean

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nes,

      It means the a payment in the amount shown will be sent once. If you are eligible for ongoing benefits, future benefits will be in a different amount.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Teer says:

        Hi, I was denied for ssi… and I appealed due to I’ve been death since birth. However I don’t know about my appeal has been approved or not… but I received a direct express card and I called and they say it’s for my ssi benefits for the following month… so does that mean I’ve been approved? I received no phone calls or a letter of approval… I thought my appeal was still pending what should I do?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Teer,

          Based on what you were told, I’d say that your claim has been approved and you should be getting an award letter with information about the dates and amount of your benefits.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Denise L davis says:

      How long until I recieve back pay from may 2015 if approved July 15

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Denise,

        Monthly benefits usually begin first. The first installment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay should be paid within a couple weeks or a month after the first monthly benefit is paid. The monthly benefit can take from a week and a half to more than a month.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • darla ortiz says:

      Hi there I have a quick question my child was approved social security sent out check on july 15th by when do u think ill receive the back pay check thnxs

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Darla,

        Social Security back pay is usually paid within a month to two months of the first monthly payment. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is usually paid within a month the first monthly check.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • darla ortiz says:

          my check has already been sent it was sent out friday july 15th how long till I receive it ? They told me its a paper check n starting august I shld be gettin it in a direct express card im jus wantin to kno how many days it takes to get to my address thnxs

  22. Dave says:

    Hi Kay, I have a few questions, this will be a bit lengthy, but I will explain the best I can.
    I made my initial disability application in July of 2014 online. Then on the phone interview, it was established that 12-31-13 was my last date of SSDI insurance coverage. Although, I had been disabled for a month or so before that, but since I didn’t have an exact date, in all fairness, the agent and I agreed to set that date to 12-31-13.
    She said it would be best to file a concurrent SSDI/ SSI claim, just in case there was even one day change of my onset date of 12-31-13.
    I was denied at my first application, which was expected. I then appealed (with my attorney) to a ALJ and eventually won my case, fully favorable with the onset date of 12-31-13. He approved Both applications for SSI and SSDI.
    According to the calculator on the SSA website, my monthly SSDI payments should be around $1000 per month. And with this amount, I shouldn’t qualify for SSI.
    On June 23,2016 is the day I received my letter of approval from the ALJ, plus I got a phone call from the local Social Security office on the same day , she said I was approved disability, and needed info to verify that I was still eligible for SSI.
    This is where I am confused. Since I am still insured under SSDI, I shouldn’t qualify for SSI. Even for the Five month waiting period, since that was in the retroactive period, and SSI wouldn’t apply during those months.
    Is this a normal practice since I filed for concurrent SSI/SSDI benefits, and the local office will work all of this out with SSA payment centers to get the payments started, or is there more that I should know?
    And How long does all of this process usually take before payments begin (On an average)?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dave,

      You are right that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will not start to accrue until August 2014. You could choose to refuse SSI and get just Social Security; however, there are some potential advantages to getting SSI. SSI is paid first; so a substantial chunk of your back pay comes from SSI, which is not taxable, because your Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI) back pay is reduced by SSI paid for the same period. Social Security is partially taxable depending on your total income. SSI is authorized by the local office so it is usually paid faster that SSDI and continues to be paid until SSDI starts. Lastly, in most states SSI eligibility comes with Medicaid to cover medical costs with little or no co-pay. The local office communicates the SSI information to the payment center so that the benefits are coordinated. SSI can start within ten days to a month or more after approval. SSDI usually takes a couple of months either from approval or from payment of SSI if SSI is involved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  23. Kimberly says:

    I have been approved for SSI on the initial claim level. My claim went in for quality assurance review on June 23, and yesterday my local office had me do my pre-effectuation interview. Any ideas on how long it should take before I should see a direct deposit?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kimberly,

      Final processing to payment can take a little over a week to over a month depending on how busy your local office is.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  24. Leisa Eining says:

    My son has been disabled all of his life and has been on either SSI or Disability ever since. When he was 18, he applied for disability. He had a phone interview as his representative on July 9, 2015. Then I filled out paperwork for him that went to the Division of Disability Determination Services. I did not hear anything after that. Finally, in September I called. SSA couldn’t find anything. I called the Disability Adjudicator and she told me that his disability had been approved August 12, 2015. I called back, they finally found the information, but said to call back in a couple of months. I called in December of 2015. He turned 19 in December and since he was still attending school, he had been continuing to receive Disability payments until then. Normally, it stops when they turn 19, but because he was still in school there was an extra two months (I didn’t know that at the time). They said he was still getting benefits, so I assumed that meant he had been switched over to Adult Disability. However, in March of 2016, I got a notice that his benefits were stopping. I immediately called SSA, the lady told me I had to schedule an interview. The earliest one was April 18. I called two different numbers at the local SSA office for people I had dealt with in the past. I didn’t get a response until a couple weeks later. The representative said that SSA had messed things up and he had figured it out and sent the information to the Payment Center. He has sent out more than one e-mail to the payment center but they have not responded to him. This is July 12, 2016 and no idea of when or if my son will ever receive payment. Is there anything I can do??? He is owed FOUR Payments at this time. Of course, because he is my son, I wouldn’t put him out in the street because he has no income, but what do people do that don’t have anyone?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Leisa,

      If your son has not received benefits by the end of July, I suggest calling your congressperson’s office and ask that they follow up on the payment. Say that he was medically approved nearly a year ago. As a point of clarification, the benefit that your son was eligible for until age nineteen sounds like a minor child’s benefit on the earnings record of a parent who is either receiving Social Security benefits or is deceased and that the benefits that are pending are Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) formerly called Disabled Adult Child benefits, which are paid to unmarried adult children who became disabled prior to age twenty-two.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  25. Jen says:

    Kay,
    I get ssi and my wife was just awarded ssi. The back pay goes to March 2013. How does this get calculated as a couple? My back pay was the full monthly amount what is hers half of the 1,100 per couple?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jen,

      Going forward, you and your wife will each get $550. Your wife’s back pay for months you were both eligible will be calculated as follows: $1,100 – $733 = $367.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Tracy Mann says:

        Hi kay,

        I have filed an application out for me and my 7 year old son, I do think I’m approved from what my local SSa office told me. And I definitely know my son will get it… How much will we get will they reduce my 733? This is our only income no one else in the home besides another minor child no other income

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tracy,

          Your child cannot receive Social Security dependent benefits without your also receiving Social Security benefits. Your $733 will be reduced by all but $20 of the amount of your Social Security benefit. Your child’s benefit will not affect your benefits.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

        • elizabeth cruz says:

          Hello, my name is Elizabeth and I was partially approved on March 3, 2016 and I am still waiting for a award letter. I also had a lawyer helping me in this case. Why so long?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Elizabeth,

            I suggest that you check with your local office to find out the status of payment of your claim. If they say it is in the payment center, request that they send a follow up indicating that it has been nearly five months since approval. If you do not receive payment within a month after that, try contacting your congressperson’s office to see if they will follow up on it for you.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  26. Jen says:

    My wife gets ssi can she get survivors benefits if married? If I pass can she get them at this point? She did receive them till age 22 because she was in school but in her 40s now thank u

  27. Betty jo says:

    I’m sorry about all the text but sometimes my phone not only puts my old address bit also types wrong and double post.

  28. Brandy Hottenstine says:

    Hi,I was just wondering..why,I only get s.s.I,…when I was declared disabled with mental issues when I was born…I have only been given s.s.I….and someone else I know has been given ssi&ssd…..also I was approved back in the year2004…I’m not complaining but medicare is something I feel I should he able to receive.when I know others who have the same issues and me who are in my group counselling that get ssd.and medicare…..I have not been able to keep a job since I was born due to my dissabillites….I’m confused and upset that I have been only given s.s.i

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brandy,

      Social Security Disability (SSD) is benefit that is earned by working and paying Social Security taxes on the earnings. Accordingly, you are not eligible for SSD. You can become eligible for Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) on a parent’s earnings record when your parent begins to receive Social Security Disability or Retirement or dies insured for survivor benefits. Medicare begins after two years of CDB benefits. Otherwise, you can get Medicare at age sixty-five. If you are not currently covered by Medicaid, I suggest you contact your state or county social services office to apply.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  29. J says:

    Hi I applied for ssi on December 2015 and got approved on may 2016. I was wondering if ill get backpay if I said my disability started on December 2014 and ss determined it started April 2015

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear J.,

      Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will begin April 2015 if SSA said you became disabled on the first of the month. Otherwise they will start May 2015.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Jen says:

      My wife was disabled at birth currently gets ssi. Can she get survivors even though she’s married? I am stage 4 cancer if I pass can she get them at that point?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jen,

        If your spouse has not worked performing substantial gainful activity (SGA) at any time for a period over six months and you were to die, she could apply for Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) on a deceased parent’s earnings record. If you are insured for Social Security survivor benefits, she could also apply on your account.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Latoya says:

      Hi Kay I had a hearing date July 28th 2016 with a AlJ got an a fully favorable dated August 4th went to ssi interview august 16th found out my case was concurrent for ssdi and ssi I was wondering when will my monthly benefits start for ssi and ssdi

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Latoya,

        If you have not started to receive SSI by September 16, I suggest following up to the local office. Social Security (SSDI/SSD) will be paid after begin with back pay following from one to three months after that.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  30. Kesha says:

    Hi Kay..I receive ssi for my 15 yr.old daughter and I received 2 installments and I called them about the last installment because I hadn’t received anything..so as had me to come in for a interview and the worker told me that everything was good but that he had 3-5 business days to release the funds in a joint checking account..but it has been 6 business days..please help..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kesha,

      If the representative got the authorization work done in three to five days, it would still likely take a minimum of two over-night bank runs for the money to be deposited in your account. If you don’t have the installment payment within ten business days, follow-up with the representative.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  31. Jennie says:

    I have two children they both receive SSI. One receives child support for $270 the other one don’t. I haven’t work yet but I was offered a very small part time job recently. I will be making roughly $65 a week. How will this effect my children’s monthly payments? I don’t want to be over paid and having to repay. I fear my children’s case will end up with lots of problems because their worker never returns phone calls. I don’t know how to report and changes and do things especially if I’m to go through him and he is unreliable.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennie,

      The work you have been offered is not high enough to reduce your children’s benefits. Make your reports in writing and keep a copy. If possible report in person and ask to have a photocopy of your submission after it has been date-stamped received. Report the new earnings by the 10th of the month after you receive your first paycheck and by the ten of each month thereafter and you should not have any overpayments even if your earnings increase a lot because, as long as the children remain eligible, the changes affect benefits two months later.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jennie says:

        Thanks every pay check do I need to take my pay stubs to them? I think my pay will vary a little but wont really average out to much. Also since my worker I feel like is ignoring me how do I go about getting my benefit amount increased to where its suppose to be? I was told its to be higher but its calculated they aren’t paying their share of rent or grocery expenses. They are paying this now that they get ssi but food assistance is covering almost all of their food.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jennie,

          If the only people in the household are you and your minor children and no one outside the household is paying (other than food stamps) is paying any of the shelter or food expenses, your children’s benefits should not be reduced for “not paying their share” because in-kind support and maintenance does not apply to the family unit where deemed income applies instead. If someone has been paying their expenses in the past, the increase will occur two months after the assistance stopped. For example, if the help stopped in June, the increase would occur in August. If it should have occurred by now, all you can do is follow up.

          You can ask to do your wage reporting by the telephone reporting system. There are, of course, no guarantees that everything will be handled promptly regardless how you report.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Jennie says:

        Do you have to submit every pay check to ssi? My pay at my new job will usually remain almost the same.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jennie,

          Almost the same is not the same for calculation of SSI benefits, so I’d say that you do need to report earnings monthly. By the tenth of the month for the previous month’s earnings.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Jennie says:

            How do I do this? especially when my current worker don’t like to communicate or return phone calls. Do you just go every month and drop off every months? I will be making probably $200 or less a month. I would like to not have to visit the SSI office monthly.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jennie,

            You can go to the office and request to be set up for telephone reporting or for mailing in copies of your paystubs.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  32. John says:

    I have received my first two of three retroactive SSDI payments, and got a phone interview prior to the second only. My claim was won in August 2015. Will I receive the final installment with or without an interview? I haven’t gotten anything via mail pertaining to one.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear John,

      Interviews are not conducted before every Supplemental Security Income (SSI, not SSDI) installment. If you do not receive the last installment within the sixth month after the second one, follow up with your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  33. Danielle says:

    Hello Kay!! I applied for ssi on Feb 10, 2016 for my 3 yr old son. He was medically approved on June 7, 2016 (Autism Spec Disorder) I have yet to receive a phone call or letter for the end line interview…could you give me advise on what my next move should be? Thank you and have a wonderful day!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Danielle,

      Try to get an interview appointment scheduled by calling 800-772-1213. If that is unsuccessful, go to the local office and request the financial update interview.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Lindsay says:

      Dear Kay:

      I applied for SSI benefits for my daughter on March 16, 2016 they just received all their documents on June 16, 2016. How long does it usually take to get an approval from there? Also will back pay still come in the form of a paper check? With my other child we received a paper check for back pay before we received the actual approval letter.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Lindsay,

        The medical decision could take from a couple weeks to a couple months. First payment often arrives before the award letter. Some people receive the first payment as a check, but if you already have an appropriate bank account set up, you can request it to go direct deposit.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  34. Brian says:

    Hello Kay,
    I have a ssdi claim in process, I am 30 years old and I have been on SSI since 2004 for a permanent disability. (spinal cord injury) I started working part time in June 2007. I stopped working in July 2009. I became eligible for ssdi in 2009. (8 work credits 23 years of age) I applied for SSDI in July 2015. With an AOD of June 1st 2009. The DDS sent me to see their doctor to verify my disability in June 2016. I am still awaiting approval. If my AOD is accepted as my EOD should i expect back pay from 2009? Or will I get back pay from application date -5 months plus 12 months of retroactive instead? Thank You.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brian,

      I responded to the first posting of your question under the article “If I Am Approved, How Much Will My Back Pay Be?” under the “After Approval” tab at the top of this webpage.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  35. Kelly says:

    hi Kay I have a question for you about a recent letter i got from social security. I applied for ssi in february 2016 and was denied i filed an appeal and hadn’t heard anything until I got a letter yesterday. The letter says it is about keeping my supplemental security income. It says they need more information to decide if they can pay me ssi. It states that they will call me on june 22nd. It also says that if i don’t respond or contact them by june 30th that my ssi may stop.
    I am confused because I never received anything stating that I have been approved. Am I goind to get ssi or not?

    • Kelly says:

      I meant applied for ssi in november 2015 got denied on february 2016 then I filed the appeal

      • Andrea says:

        Hi Kay I had my phone interview on April 14 2016.And three months after that I received a letter in the mail for appointment on July 16 2016 to see a speech pathology .And haven’t heard anything else .How will I know if I was approved?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Andrea,

          No decision will be made on your claim until you attend the consultative examination and the claims examiner has reviewed the consulting physician’s report in the context of all the information in your claim file. When a decision has been made you will be notified.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kelly,

      You may have been approved medically and the June 22 appointment is to update your financial information to finalize financial eligibility and calculate payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Robby says:

        Hi Kay, I have posted questions to you previously and you are kind enough to give great advice and answers. My case is for a closed-period for about 1 years worth of benefits (both SSDI and SSI) after all waiting periods. I had asked previously, that since my case is for a closed-period, ending in April 2014, whether my SSI benefits would be paid lump sum since I am no longer eligible for SSI. You stated I would get a lump sum. The amount was to be about 5K. They did not give me a lump sum. It was about $2600 and they stated the rest would come in about six months. I am confused because this is how ongoing and current back-pay cases are handled. I am going to call SSI and ask them for an explanation, but any further advice you can offer would indeed help. Thanks again!!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Robby,

          SSI payments are made in up to three installments of not more $2,199 for the first two. an exception is made if the individual is no longer eligible for SSI. Accordingly, you should have been paid the entire amount. The Social Security back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI paid for months that you were eligible for both.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  36. Jason says:

    Hi Kay! I’ve read multiple post similar to my situation but not exact; Maybe you can help me. Right now I am on the first appeal of my second SSI/SSDI claim, the first one last year was denied and I tried to go back to work which didn’t really work out. I went into the initial application with representation and they will be handling my case through every level. I received a package from ssa asking for additional info from the last jobs since my onset date with check stubs and wage print outs. 2 days after I mailed them to my rep I received a denial letter, I know ssa didn’t get that package yet. My question, is that package asking for check stubs the same as that call from the office asking for check stubs? Could I be approved medically and going through a benefit workup like you’ve mentioned in previous posts?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jason,

      You may have been denied Social Security Disability (SSD) because the date of disability onset that was established is after the date you were last insured for SSD. At the same time, you may have been approved for SSI because for SSIyou only have to prove current disability (disability at time of application or later). Look at the header on the denial letter to see whether it says Disability, Retirement, and Survivors Insurance, which would mean SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You can also ask your attorney to explain the denial letter and request for income verifications.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  37. JAY says:

    Hi Kay I have a question it says that I received a one-time payment on June 13th but I don’t have it in my checking account do you know how long it usually takes to actually receive that it’s telling me that on June 13th which was yesterday I was paid a one-time payment in the amount of $2,295 but I don’t see anything yet do you know how long it usually takes to see that in my checking account

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jay,

      It usually takes two or three overnight computer runs on weekdays for the money to hit your account. If it is to be a paper check, figure two computer runs and five days for the mail.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  38. Jennie says:

    ok so my two sons just got approved for SSI. Only one of my children received any paper work or anything in the mail. Do they check the balances on all accounts every month? Since they just got approved I had to open new accounts at an additional bank. I did set it up as direct deposit. Do I need to report this or will they find the accounts with the direct deposits?

    I have no direct phone number to my case worker for them. So far he seems very unreliable never calls me back but says he will and I leave messages.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennie,

      You need to declare all bank accounts every time you asked for a financial update. You also have to give the bank routing numbers and bank account numbers to Social Security or they will not know where to send the payments. The other time you have to report information about the bank accounts is if one of your children’s assets go over the $2,000 resource limit. (SSI back pay starts to count as a resource nine months after receipt.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  39. Christy says:

    My childs SSI benefits have been approved today since initial application of 3/13/2014.
    I spoke with the hearing office and the case was closed last week.
    Now Im waiting on the local office, and would like to know about how long it will be before back pay is paid, and payments begin?
    Also will they send the back pay in one lump sum?
    Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christy,

      If you have not received a call or letter setting up an appointment for a financial update interview within two weeks, call Social Security to request an appointment. Once the interview has been completed and all requested documents submitted, payment will be released. That can take from a week to a month and occasionally more if the office is very backed up. Your child’s back pay is likely to be paid in a single lump sum to a use-restricted Dedicated Account. You can read about Dedicated Accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  40. Jodie Jones says:

    Hi, my question is:

    I applied for benefits for my 14 year old daughter when I found out her father has been on disability for 9 years. I’m having a telephone interview July 5th. I’d like to know is it possible that she will receive back pay for auxiliary benefits? If so, how far does it go back? Her father never listed her as his child. The office of the attorney general in Texas is who suggested I file.

    • Jodie Jones says:

      Additionally, I’d like to know what takes place over the phone? I have asked if I can send documents and they said I don’t until later. How does this process work?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jodie,

        You will be asked questions and the claims representative will complete the application forms and request any documentation needed such as your daughter’s birth certificate to prove relationship. Then the completed application will be sent to a regional payment center for review and authorization of payment. That can take a couple months or more.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jodie,

      Because our child’s father did not list her on his application, her application date is not protected. Accordingly, back benefits are limited to six months before the month of application. The month in which you contacted Social Security and requested an appointment is the month of application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Hey I just got approved my Ssi. And went down to the building today with my information for my direct deposit. He said he submitted everything how long will it take to hit my account?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Geneva,

          It depends on who you spoke with and what was meant by “submitted everything.” If you met with a claims representative and the rep input all payment factors to the computer system while you were there and authorized payment, you will have it in a few days. If you spoke with a service representative and the rep entered the direct deposit, your claim will still have to wait for a claims representative to review the claim, make any other necessary inputs for the system to calculate payment, and authorize the pay. The latter situation could be a matter of one to a few weeks.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  41. Erica says:

    In April we got a letter stating my ASD child was approved, met with SSI lady on 4/22 to go over her financial info, she stated she would call me next week ( week of 4/29) . I still haven’t heard anything I have called several times and left her voicemails, even tried calling the office to talk to her supervisor and got told they would forward the message to her email.

    Any idea what else is a good way to get an update-Note I also called the SSA and they said it looks like she is still working on it. At this point they will need more paystubs, this seems like a bad cycle.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Erica,

      I suggest that, if possible, you go to the local office with your recent pay stubs. Ask to speak the the person handling your claim or if she is not available to a supervisor. If neither is available without an appointment, have the service rep at the front desk make copies of your stubs and ask that they be given to the representative. Maybe this will move your son’s claim forward. If you do not have payment by July 22, try calling your congressperson’s office to see if they will make an inquiry.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  42. Jennie says:

    Both of my young children ages 3 and 8 got approved for SSI. They both received 3 months at a time but two months were back pay.

    For the back pay how can I spend this? My kids really don’t have to many expenses. They do go to a lot of therapies, but everything they need is almost all covered by their health insurance. Am I allowed to buy the following things?

    A new bed and mattress – 3 yr old needs a toddler bed he is falling out. An he destroyed his bed ripped it badly.

    Mattress pad and sheets

    Shoes – Both my kids walk on their toes so they are very hard on shoes.

    Clothes – Basically clothes that better fit them.

    Bedding – Blankets to fit his new bed

    Car seats – they are out growing theirs.

    Am I allowed to take my kids on I guess I would call it mini trips? We were planning a couple 2 day get aways. But they were to places like kid admusement parks, Zoo go to mall of America over night or camping in another state? Can you use any money on this? As long as its the child money spent on them?

    How does daycare go? I’m not currently working yes but I still usually put each child in daycare 1 day a week. It seems to help them with socialization and helps when their sibling is gone to therapy. But the main reason for the daycare is so when I start working again daycare isn’t a issue and they will already have it set up.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennie,

      It is appropriate to spend the children’s SSI benefits for all the things you mentioned. Of course, the recreational trips are less essential than the other items you mentioned, but a reasonable percentage spent on entertainment and recreation is permissible. Just keep receipts for everything. It could also be helpful when you report annually to keep a log of items paid for including date, description, and amount. Lastly don’t lump the children’s money together and keep separate records for each child.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jennie says:

        How is camps viewed for kids? I’m trying to find something for my son to do. I cant find many camps for him because he is learning delayed and they are hard for him. The only camp that seems to fit him with his restrictions is $250. Is it suitable to sign him up for this or how does ssi see this?

        This specific camp has a low amount of kids enrolled with more staff. So it averages out that he will need extra help but the cost is expensive.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jennie,

          Camp is an appropriate use of SSI funds as long as the money is not SSI back pay in a Dedicated Account. If the funds are in a Dedicated Account, you cwn apply to have the expenditure approved if there is some therapeutic aspect to the camp. Your child’s doctor could probably assess that.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Jennie says:

            I only have 2 months of ssi back pay so its not in a dedicated account. The camp is expensive $250 for a week. The camp just averages out better for my child. This camp has a lower amount of kids and a higher amount of adults compared to others. So he gets more of the extra help that he needs in this camp. Other camps for his age seem to be to hard and he is learning delayed with limited coordination.

            Thanks for your answers its appreciated!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Jennie.

      • Jennie says:

        how is taking the child out to eat classified if its done? Recreation or grocery? I have tried to contact my worker but he don’t return phone calls it appears.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jennie,

          You can categorize it in the manner that makes the most sense for you–but only the child’s meal would be paid from his money. What might be helpful to you in your spending decisions is the overview of being a payee, which is all the money has to be used or saved for the child and shelter, food, medical/dental, clothing, and school expenses come first.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  43. Bernice Douse says:

    Hello My Name is Bernice my ssi was recently Inclosed due to not Acting to the information quickly that they sent out to me my mother had it before ididnt know anything about it i went down there n update my information How long will it take them to update it an how long will it take for me to get my ssi back ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bernice,

      If benefits have not been reinstated within two weeks, follow up at the office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  44. Jennie says:

    I got a call over a week ago saying my sons were approved. And he wanted proof of my taxes, contact my bank, and child support payments. The SSI officer guy was to call me back the next day and let me know how things turned out but he didn’t. Just curious from this point in the process how long it will before I know if they get officially approved?

    I would call and ask but now that school is out and the wait times are so long on the phone and in person. It would be difficult to do with kids! Thanks

    • Jennie says:

      I just received 4 checks in the mail? Two checks per child but I never had any award letters or approval letters sent out. Since these are for two separate children do I need to do anything special? Will I get instructions? I cant just deposit these to my regular bank accounts can I ? Besides a phone call I never had any contact from the ssi office.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jennie,

        You need to set up two different accounts, one for each child. The account titles should be “child’s name by your name, representative payee.” This will show the money belongs to the child, but only you have access to the account. The bank will want to see the award letters or payee appointment letters showing that you are the payee for your children. The letters should come within seven to ten days.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Jennie says:

          If I’m understanding this correctly. I currently have a checking account in just my name and a savings account. But my older child who is 8 has a savings account. Do I need to open checking accounts for both children when I get the paper work and award letters?

          Why is it each child needs their own separate account? My current bank accounts are about 100 miles away from where I currently live. Is it best just to close these accounts and open new ones? Will the SSI office be ok with that since the account is in my oldest 8 year olds name?

          The 8 year old receives child support, do I need to have his child support deposited into the same account?

          Will they send me anything explaining all this eventually?

          thanks I’m just kinda lost

          • Jennie says:

            Are all my bills suppose to be divided into three? If I understand what I read correctly they are like suppose to pay their portion? Seems odd since they are only 3 and 8. But since I don’t work do I only divide it into 2? As this is the only income I have. Like rent, car insurance, laundry money, gas, food cell phone? Mostly these relate back to their school and therapies.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jennie,

            You and your two minor children are treated as a single financial unit, so how much each check is used for housing and food and how much for personal needs will not affect the children’s benefits as long as there are only the three of you in the household. You use the car to take the children to medical appointments and to get their groceries so it is okay to use some of the money for gas and car insurance as long as their shelter, food, and personal needs are met.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jennie,

            Your children’s SSI benefits need to be deposited into separate accounts. Your older child’s child support can be deposited into the same account as the SSI as long as you keep track of how you used the SSI benefits so you can do the annual reporting. Where you have the bank accounts and whether they are savings or checking account is up to you. You should get correspondence that explains your responsibilities as a representative payee. In the meantime, information is available in three or so representative payee articles under the “After Approval” tab at the top of this webpage.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Jennie says:

          I just got the papers in the mail today from the SSI office for my youngest child who receives no child support. I am confused as to the reason why they deducted $70 off giving me only $663 a month. It says its for his portion of food and rent? I’m just confused because this specific child has no other income and his food and rent cost more then this month for sure.

          Also is his living condition correct under category Z? He lives at home with mom, grandma, brother. But grandma is nothing more then someone who splits the bills of rent, and electric no sharing of food.

          Thanks

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jennie,

            Social Security has calculated that your disabled child is not paying his share of shelter and/or food costs. With food not share except with you and his brother (assuming his brother is a minor), then to receive full benefits he must pay his share of shelter costs. His share is one-quarter because there are four in the household. Shelter expenses are shelter utilities (power, heat, water/sewer, and garbage) and rent. If he is not now paying his share and has sufficient income to do so, he can start paying his share and two months later his benefit will increase.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Jennie says:

            So how do I get the amount to go up? Because his amount is I figure $160 for rent. Our base rent is $835 before my mother and I split it by 2. But I have to add $45 for a garage and $15 for a extra person fee that my apartment charges. So wouldn’t be $835 divide by 2. and then add the $15 and $45?

            How do you prove this to them that this is the real cost of rent??

            The garage is only mine and so is the extra person fee.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jennie,

            Add up all the rent including the “extra person” fees. Do not include the garage because you and he do not live in the garage. A copy of your rental agreement should show the rental amount and “extra person” fees. If it doesn’t, ask the landlord to give you (or your mother if she is the tenant) a written statement. Your son’s share in one-third.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Jennie says:

            So would each child have rent at $145?

            My rent is confusing but $835 a month for me, my mom, and my two kids. We split the $835 between my mom and I. But the extra $15 for the extra utilities fee goes to me monthly.

            But my actual portion of the rent is $432.50 not including any garages is this the amount that gets divided by 3 to determine how much each child pays?

            Thanks

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jennie,

            The full rental amount (excluding the garage rental) and the full utilities for the whole household is the figure that is divided by number of people in the household, so it is $835 plus utilities divided by the four people.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennie,

      It can take from a couple weeks to a month or more for payment to start after you have submitted all the requested documents.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jay says:

        Hi Jennie.
        I was denied several times between 2003 and now. I just got approved today so would my backpay go all the way back to 2003?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jay,

          If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), benefits will begin to accrue the month after your most recent application unless you applied on the first of the month, in which case benefits will start the month of application.

          If you were approved for Social Security Disabilit, benefits will begin to accrue the later of twelve months before the approved application or the sixth full calendar month of disability as established by Social Security.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  45. Mark M says:

    Im about to receive my 1st BACKPAY CHECK from SSI=Lets say for example in the next 2-3 months (I GET A FULL-TIME JOB);STATE & FEDERAL INCOME TAXES TAKEN OUT & i KEEP THE FULL-TIME JOB does that mean in the next 6-9 months that I will still get MY 2ND BACKPAY CHECK from SSI or does the Social Administration Administration KEEP IT!!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      If before going back to work you have been disabled twelve months from the disability onset date established by Social Security, previous months of eligibility will not be reopened and you will get all your SSI back pay. If you have also been approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and attempt work without an improvement in health, you may be eligible for continuation of monthly benefits for a while. You can read about SSDI work incentives in the Red Book, which is available online at http://www.ssa.gov and also from local Social Security offices.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Mark M says:

        So in most circumstances or likelyhood I would get BACKPAY CHECK IN 6-9 MONTHS=Now if I inform Social Security that I have a REGULAR FULL-TIME JOB my MONTHLY SSI PAYMENT WOULD CEASE IN ALL LIKELYHOOD OR CIRCUMSTANCES

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mark,

          Termination of SSI benefits upon full-time return to work would be distinct possibility because the return to work would likely indicate that you are no longer disabled.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  46. Indira solano says:

    Hi my name is indira…I applied for ssi for my son…. Since Nov…. He had an appt recently in April to evaluate him…. He was approved the beginning of may… I’m yet to receive a check…. How long does this take

  47. Mark M says:

    Im not allowed to have more than about $600 in each of my (2) Checking Accounts because I have a CASH VALUE Life Insurance Policy and Stock that EQUAL $800.00 so could MY PAYEE write a $300 CHECK to (1) bank account and $317 into my (2nd) Bank Account so I could pay for my BILLS=Does LIFE INSURANCE CASH VALUE and $$ STOCK count as your maximum $2000 in ASSETS

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      The value of stock and the cash surrender value of life insurance does count toward the resource limit. It does not matter where you store your assets, they are all added together. In other words, whether the money is in cash form or in one or more bank accounts, it is all totaled together. As an aside, the payee is supposed to manage your benefits, paying for your shelter costs, food, and medical first, not just turn the money over to you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  48. Jennie says:

    I have two kids ages 3 and 8. I applied for both of them I thought they were both denied long ago because of being over the asset limit for money in my bank account. But I received a phone call the other day saying my 3 year old was approved and asking questions. I was told he would call back and let me know. But he never did call me back. The person who called said the 8 year old was approved but I had to many assets so I was denied but he would look into it.

    I have no income right now other then child support just for the 8 year old of $269 a month. If I am currently I believe at the right asset limit for the months of May and June will I be able to qualify for either child I was sent a letter saying I was over the asset limit for the 8 year old for February, March and April.

    What is the exact asset limit for 1 parent with two eligible children? I currently have $3,300 but $65o0 is a state tax return. I unforunately didn’t get a phone number for the guy who called me.

    • Jennie says:

      My state tax refund is $650.00

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennie,

      Please see my response of a few minutes ago to your first post. You can have $2,000 in countable assets. The excess will be split and counted against your disabled children’s limit of $2,000 each. This means that if the children have no assets (not income, but assets), you can have up to $7,000. Assets owned on the last day of the month and carried over to the first of the next month, count on the first.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jennie says:

        Thanks for your response I only see one response from you? If my 8 year old was sent a denial letter for the months of March, April and May could he possibly still currently get approved again? I’m within the asset limit now. I don’t have any assets but I have savings accounts only 8 year old has one not the youngest. Is the $7,000 a cash asset like at my bank account?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jennie,

          Your denied child should become eligible the first month that you dropped below the limit on the first. Whatever money is in your eight-year-old’s savings account counts towards his $2,000 limit. So if you had $7,000 in your account, he would be over the limit because he would have $2,000 deemed from you plus whatever is in his account.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Jennie says:

            Thank you. Do my state tax refunds get counted? So the money in my checking and savings account with just my name after i’m over the $2,000 limit does it get divided by 2? Since both kids are eligible. I have $2300 in my name only. But There is a state tax return included in that amount.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jennie,

            The state tax refund is not income when it is received, but it does count as a resource the following month unless it contains earned income tax credits in which case the refunded tax credits do not count for nine months. (Federal tax refunds do not count for twelve months. Similarly, SSI back pay does not count for nine months.) The $300 excess you have will be divided by two and $150 counted toward each child’s resource limit.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Jennie says:

            Thanks so much for your help its helped a lot! How is it I can have $7,000 in asset if each person can only have $2,000? I don’t work right now currently but my oldest receives $269 for child support, how do you figure how much ssi he is entitled to monthly? But my other child who receives no child support can get the full $733?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jennie,

            If you are the only parent in the household, then you your limit is $2,000 rather than $3,000 and the excess over $2,000 will be divided between your children and counted toward their $2,000. If there are two parents in the household, the two parents can have $3,000. If your income is low enough that none of it is deemed to your children, your child with child support will have countable income of $249 ($269 less the $20 exclusion) and his benefit will be $484.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  49. Desirae says:

    Hello,

    I had a interview at my local SS office Monday May 23rd, and was told I would get the back pay and death lumpsum in 7 days for Survivor benefits, I have not received them I called and left a voicemail to the caseworker dealing with this case. Do you have a clue when I should expect the payment direct deposited to my bank account?

    Thanks,
    Desirae

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Desirae,

      Seven days is an unusually short time frame, and yesterday was a bank holiday so that might have slowed things down a bit. If you have not received the benefits within fourteen days, follow up to the local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  50. Mark M says:

    I understand that after my DESIGNATED PAYEE pays for my BILLS, FOOD, & SHELTER (LIVING EXPENSES) that I can use the LEFTOVER SSI MONEY to use for whatever I want (DOES THAT INCLUDE say for EXAMPLE) a WEAPON from the LOCAL GUN SHOP to PROTECT ME, MY HOUSE, & MY PERSON=I understand that SSI sends MY PAYEE an ACCOUNT FORM to write down whatever MY PAYEE spends my $$$ on SO CAN MY PAYEE WRITE a CHECK TO ME or WRITE A CHECK to THE GUN OWNER

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      The purpose of a representative payee is for the payee to make the decisions about any purchase that is significant, such as a gun. If the payee has any doubts about your having a gun, for example, your are receiving disability based on a mental illness, purchase of a gun for you would not be prudent and could be frowned upon by Social Security. The payee can confer with Social Security about the matter if desired.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  51. Mark M says:

    I have a PAYEE to write my CHECKS for ME to pay MY BILLS-I have my CABLE BILL and INTERNET BILL in 2 of ( MY OWN CHECKING ACCOUNTS withdrawn every month from BANK DRAFT) shall I transfer My CABLE/INTERNET BILL into my PAYEE CHECKING ACCOUNT so the BANKS can withdraw BANK DRAFT from my PAYEE ACCOUNT

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      What you propose would be one solution. Another would be to take the bills off bank draft and have the payee write a check off the bank account to which your SSI benefit is being paid. I suggest you discuss with your payee which approach to take.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • trika says:

        I apply for my daughter in January and I called 800-772-1213 on may16 to asked them what is status of her claim. They say she was approval and then called back on June 3 and say it is still pending. I am confused!?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Trika,

          Your daughter could have been medically approved and still have the financial portion of her claim under review. If you were asked to attend an appointment to update your family finances, that is probably the case. Another possibility is that she was medically approved and then her claim was randomly selected for a quality review. It that happened, the approval would not become final until the quality assurance review was completed and the review resulted in upholding the original approval.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • trika says:

            I received ssi and ssa. My son received ssi, also for 13 years. I applied for my daughter on jan 7, 2016. I called 800-772-1213 to ask what her status and they said she was approved on may 4, 2016. Do I call the 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment for (PERC) or wait for someone to call me?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Trika,

            Because over a month has passed since your daughter’s medical approval, I suggest calling for the appointment.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  52. Kp says:

    How long does it take to receive a paper check in the mail if it was mail out on may 25-2016

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear KP,

      The typical time to allow is five days. However, Monday, May 30 is a postal holiday so allow six days.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jillian says:

        How long does it take yo receive the direct express card? My daughter was approved May.10 got a paper check following week, still no direct express card for June.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jillian,

          Your daughter was probably given a contact number for any questions related to the card. If so, contact that company to find out the status of the card. If not, ask Social Security for the contact information.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  53. Edgar Sandoval says:

    Dear Kay,
    my name is Edgar Sandoval, I am a disabled veteran, I was receiving SSI disability, but that stopped back in 2015, I went over the allowed income, so in April 2016 they stopped my provisional pay, they started giving me provisional from October 2015 till April 2016, I went to my local office March 10th 2016 to get my case worked on again. I was wondering how much longer do I wait, since my case worker told me that my case was at the payment center. How.much longer I have to wait for.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Edgar,

      Apparently, you have been medically approved and are waiting for reinstatement of benefits. I suggest that if you do not receive benefits by June 10, that you go to the office and ask to speak to a supervisor. Then request a manager-to-manager call to request faster processing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  54. Rickey says:

    Hi Kay,
    It’s me again.I recieved my fully favorable decision from the alj judge dated May 5,2016 that is approved from July 9,2014.I recieved the letter on May 11 & the local Social Security office called to set up the phone appointment on the 12th.I told the lady everything truthfully as I don’t lie.I have a bank account with less than the maximum allowed for ssi which I believe is $2,000 for a single person.I have around 1,100 that my brother & sister have put into the account as I have no income to pay for the household bills.I got my bank statement and it had on it that May 16 social security paid $0 amount into my account.What does that mean?The lady told me on the 12th that I would recieve a letter in 30-45 days giving me the amount & how much backpay.Do you think that the $0 payment was to make sure the account was open for later deposit or is there something that I possibly need to worry about me receiving no income period even though I was found fully favorable?And if it’s just to check my account do you see SSI being deposited in my account in the next month or so?What would come first the backpay or the monthly payments around the 1st of each month if everything checks out once the woman from Social Security gets everything worked out in whatever they need to get so I can start drawing?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rickey,

      The zero entry in your bank account is just the set up for direct deposit. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefits are paid first; then SSI back pay; then if you are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI), SSDI monthly followed by back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  55. Lisa CLAY says:

    Dear Kay,

    I received a FF from ALJ on April 27, 2016 after 18 months from the start of filing. I have yet to receive a phone call from SSA for PERC interview. I qualified for both SSDI/SSI. My question is should I wait longer or call and request an appointment. Thanks!

  56. Crystal J. Pirner says:

    Hi Kay,
    I was approved for SSI on April 12th, 2016 and have not heard anything since then. No letter, phone call or check.? I’m not sure what to do or who to call. I was also approved for back pay. When should I expect to recieve a check, or notice of when they plan on sending this out?
    Should I expect a letter first before recieving anything, or phone call to set up with my bank account? I’m kind of at a loss here…
    Thank You……
    Crystal Pirner

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Crystal,

      I suggest that you call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to request a financial update interview so that your back pay can be calculated. You can give them your account information at that interview.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Robby says:

        Hi Kay, I received my SSI payment amount worksheet on April 13, 2016. It stated a back pay amount that was due. My case was from a “closed-period” case three years ago. Under the Information About Your SSI Payments section it states the ever popular, “We will be in touch with you about your back payments.” It has been more than a month now and I haven’t heard anything. How long would you say I should wait before making contact with Social Security? Thanks for your advice!!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Robby,

          You have waited long enough. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and request a financial update appointment for your approved claim. If within a week you have not received a call to schedule the appointment, go to your local office to request the appointment. You will need to present proof of your income and assets and living arrangements for all months that you will be paid.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Shalarria davis says:

            Hi Kay I signed my son up for ssi in November
            2015 he got approved
            April 21 2016 its been 30 days seens he got approved I call in updated everything they didn’t say that my case worker needed anything how long will I have to wait what should I do I call my local office they still telling me the same thing what should I do?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shalarria,

            If you have not received payment for your son by about June 10, follow-up by going to the local office and asking to speak to a supervisor.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Kristina says:

        Hello Kay! I have some questions i hope you can answer.. I cal my disability derterminator atleast once a week. I talked to her yesterday and she said she had all my stuff ready for the disability dr. to review and make a descion. I recieved a pink netspend card in the mail yesterday, I put to recieve any funds on a card for ssi since i do not have a bank account. I am trying to figure out why i recieved the card. it wasnt an offer and already had my name on it..does this means i am approved? I dont understand why I would get a card before i get an approval or deniel paper? This is the 2nd time i have applied. I never recieved a card the first time I applied.,

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kristina,

          Usually the cards are not ordered until a favorable decision has been made. I think that the claims examiner may have written an approval for your claim and it is awaiting a physician review of the recommendation. Of course, you will not know for sure until you get a formal decision.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Jack says:

        Wife was approved for disability back in March. In April we received a call from SSI asking for my check stubs. We submitted the check stubs and we received a payment for 621 and a back payment for 2199. Does this mean they are paying us for SSI. She applied for SSDI for medical reasons, so why are they splitting up her back pay like this. She has not received a letter telling her how much her back pay is going to be! She did receive a letter saying she would get her first SSDI payment for 981. We are totally lost and from reading some of these other posts, it seems that she should have just denied that SSI and her back pay would have been here already? Is this the case? Can you please tell me what should we expect because everyone in the SSI office are telling her something different every time she talks to them.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jack,

          Your wife was screened for SSI when she filed her Social Security Disability (SSDI) claim and was found financially eligible for SSI for months before her SSDI started. The SSI will stop in the month the $981 SSDI is paid.

          Her SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI already paid for the same months. Once the SSI stops, she can ask for release of any remaining SSI back pay because she is no longer SSI eligible. (Note that SSI is not taxable and depending on family income Social Security can be taxable, so getting part of the back pay in SSI can have a tax advantage.)

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  57. Mark M says:

    Lets say that Im getting an SSI CHECK for $250 a month=How much MONEY can I make to put into my CHECKING ACCOUNT for ODD JOBS (CUTTING GRASS) so that it WON”T AFFECT my $250.00 SSI CHECK

    Can I put a $400 CHECK in CHECKING ACCOUNT
    CAN I put a $600 CHECK in CHECKING ACCOUNT

    What is my LIMIT?

    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      The first $65 work earnings does not reduce your SSI benefit. Half of any money earned over $65 reduces your benefit. For example, if you earn $100, your check would go down by $17.50. ($100 – $65 / 2 = $17.50).

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Kp says:

        My son got approved on the 13 of this month when should i re
        And reward letter?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear KP,

          Depending on the stage at which your son was approved–initial application, reconsideration, or hearing–you will have a financial update interview prior to payment and issuance of the award letter with payment amounts listed. If you have not either received payment or been contacted for an update interview in two weeks, follow-up with your local office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Kp says:

            Thanks kay i went into my local office today and had and interview about my income i turned all the paperwork that he need when should we receive the 1st payment

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear KP,

            Depending on workloads in your office, you could receive first payment within two to six weeks.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Veronica aikens says:

            My daughter was appoved for ssi. on june 24 i had a appointment for resources and living arrangements .whe i was there she said i would received a award letter in mail. Do you know how long before i receive anything ?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Veronica,

            Depending on workloads in your local office, you can expect payment within ten days to a month or more. The letter may arrive a few days after the money.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Mark M says:

        What is the MAXIMUM I Can make If I work a JOB and make $1300 a month 1300-85=1215 Divided by 2=$607.50 I am Getting $617.00 IF i made $1300 a month my 2 MONTH CHECK from SSI would only be $10.24 from my $617.74 SSI MONTHLY CHECK So if I do work a job would it be best for me to work for only $650 MONTH which would equal about $300= Would any of the MONEY MENTIONED ABOVE would I have to pay TAXES ON or does SOCIAL SECURITY take out TAXES FOR ME

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mark,

          If you work, your employer will withhold taxes and send them to the IRS. Social Security will not be involved with tax collection. Your calculation of the reduction in your SSI benefit based on $1,300 income is correct. However, if your earn $1,300 gross per month, you will be performing substantial gainful activity (SGA). If you have the ability to perform SGA, your SSI claim may be closed because the definition of disability includes the inability to perform SGA.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  58. Mark M says:

    Mark M.

    Now when I receive my BACK-PAY CHECK can the CHECK be spent on anything other than TO PAY MY BILLS, HOME IMPROVEMENTS-“”Do I have a TIME-FRAME”” to spend my BACK-PAY CHECK for example 6-9 months=Since I cant have more than $2,000 in ASSETS can I TRANSFER some of MY BACK-PAY into another CHECKING ACCOUNTS so that I can pay my PHONE BILL, my INTERNET BILL, and my CABLE-TV BILL

    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program so the expectation is that you will pay your basic expenses of food, shelter, clothing, and medical first. After that you can use the money any way you want to except giving it away. SSI back pay begins to count toward the $2,000 resource limit on the first day of the ninth month after you receive it.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Roniyah says:

      Hi Kay! I’m 17 years old and was recently informed that I get a Ssi check for 733$ a month for depression I cut it off in January now I am considering going to job corp. How can I set it up so that my mom isn’t taking all the benefits ? If I am in job corp can I be my own payee? And does living in job corp affect payment amount ? And if I can’t be my own payee would they leave benefits on hold until I’m 18?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Roniyah,

        If you are working and earning $1,130 or more gross per month in Job Corps you may not be eligible for benefits.Note that the cost of disability-related work expenses can be used to reduce your countable wages when determining whether you are earning $1,130.

        If you are eligible for SSI while in Job Corps, you can ask the Job Corps administrators to be your payee until you turn eighteen. You can also ask to have your benefits suspended while you get a payee in place. If you are ineligible for twelve months, you have to file a new application regardless of your age.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  59. liz says:

    i applied feb 2011 I was approved April 30th 2016 . I was told that social office had to rebuild my case and then i should receive my award letter. What does rebuild my case mean? Will I receive back pay for all those years?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Liz,

      You will be asked to provide a financial update for all months back to February 2011. Then your current benefit and back pay will be calculated and paid. If you have not heard from the local office within two weeks, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and ask for an appointment to do a post-hearing approval financial update. Benefits will begin to accrue March 2011 and you will be paid for any/all months since then that you have been financially eligible.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  60. Kimberlee Cordero says:

    I had my financial interview for the SSI portion and have been approved… On my online ssa account it says there is a one time payment that was issued on 5/6/16… when and how can I expect to receive it?

    Also how long does it take for the SSDI payment to be processed as well?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kimberlee,

      How you receive the payment depends on what you set up. It could be direct deposited into a bank account or loaded onto a Direct Express card. If you don’t have either in place, then a check would be mailed. I would expect you to have the money within about five days of the issuance date.

      SSDI will take a month or more for monthly payments to start and the back pay, if any, will be paid after that. SSDI back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI benefits paid for overlapping back- pay months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  61. Amanda says:

    Hi Kay

    I applied for SSI last month and went to see the states doctor on 20th of last month. I wanted to know how long it takes to know if u got approved or not if its a letter or a phone call.

    Thanks Amanda

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amanda,

      Please see my response to your first post of a few minutes earlier. The decision should come as a letter, although sometimes the local Social Security office will call for a financial update before the letter is received.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Latarsha Jenkins says:

      If my son got approved for disability and receive a check for 2199 and a week later they write me and tells me that they owe him 1400 more dollars how long will it take him to receive it

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Latarsha,

        Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in installments six months apart.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  62. Shon says:

    If my caseworker at ssa asks for my check stubs of the month I applied up until now,does that mean I may be approved.even though dss says its pending my caseworker haven’t reviewed the information they got this week,which are my check stubs.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shon,

      Usually the local office does not ask for pay stubs until a claim has been medically approved. One exception might be if you just applied recently and your stated income is very close to the limits. If that is the case the representative wants to be sure you are financially eligible up front before letting the claim go through the full medical review.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Kristina Blassingame says:

        Hi Kay ! I have a question I was found fully favorable April 7,2016 after a hearing 3-11-2016 I also went in for perc interview 4-25-2016 when should I receive payment ( backpay and monthly benefit) sorry for commenting here but I don’t know how to start a chat here thank u

        • Kristina Blassingame says:

          Also I first applied March 2015

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kristina,

          If you have not received your first Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment by May 25, follow up to your local office for a status report.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Kristina Blassingame says:

            Okay thank you Kay !

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Kristina.

          • Kristina Blassingame says:

            Gm Kay I spoke with Ssa this morning they said I will have my first installment in 7 to 10 days I have direct disposit will it be on my card sooner than 7-10 days ? Thanks in advance for any reply

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kristina,

            You can check your card sooner, but it is not likely the back pay installment will be sooner than you were told.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Shalarria davis says:

            Hi my son got approved for ssi April 21 but I haven’t got any thing in the the mail I had to call to find out that he was approved how long will they send a approval letter

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shalarria,

            I suggest that you follow up with the local office for a status. If it has been several months since you applied, a financial update interview may be necessary before your son’s payments are calculated and before the award letter is sent out and payment is started. I suggest that you either visit your Social Security and ask whether anything is needed from you to start your son’s benefits. If you are told no, ask the service representative to check with the claims representative on roughly when benefits will be started. If you are told you need an update interview, try to get an appointment while you are there.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • jessica says:

        I was in jail from Jan 11th-Feb 17 and I don’t have a payee so my checks are on hold for two reasons. When I take my payee and release paper to social security how long will it take for benefits to be released to my payee? And what months would I expect back pay for? … I haven’t had a payee since January its now may

        • jessica says:

          And I wasn’t sentenced when I was sitting in jail I didn’t have an address for them to release me to I got time served for my charge.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jessica,

            This response is to both your posts. If your being in jail did not affect your eligibility, back pay would be January thorough present and should be released within a month of the payee application and proof of release. If you were not convicted of a crime or you were not in jail after sentencing, then the time you were in jail should not affect your benefits.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • jessica says:

            Thank u kay

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Jessica.

      • Shon says:

        I applied March 15 I was told by representative at 1800 number to call local office and speak to my caseworker.i did and she wanted my check stubs.the rep at 1800 number today said its still pending if I don’t hear anything by July call them back.I am confused what does this mean?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shon,

          Either your claim is still pending a medical decision, which seems the more likely given how recently you filed the claim, or it has been medically approved and the claim is pending workup for payment calculation. You should be able to clarify where the claim is pending by calling the 800 number.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Shon says:

        SI applied March 15 I was told by representative at 1800 number to call local office and speak to my caseworker.i did and she wanted my check stubs.the rep at 1800 number today said its still pending if I don’t hear anything by July call them back.I am confused what does this mean?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shon,

          The representative at the call center is working off limited information on your computer record, which will say your claim is pending until it is paid. That said, the request for your pay stubs could to document your work earning as part of the disability evaluation or it could be you have been medically approved and the pay stubs are needed to calculate SSI benefits.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Shon says:

        Should I report that my hours have decreased and my job will end in July.

  63. tap says:

    How long does it take the prossing center to send a check

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tap,

      Typically, it takes from one to three months to get Social Security Disability benefits started. It can take longer if workers compensation of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are involved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  64. mercedes says:

    i applied for my daughter benefits march 8 2017she was medically approved april 15 2016..i went to the office april 19 2016 to be her payee. i was told to wait for a awards letter..so will i receive a check for the 1st of may? and will i receive back pay?

    • mercedes says:

      i meant march 8 2016

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mercedes,

      It is unlikely you will receive an SSI payment for your daughter on May 1. Back pay would be for April if it is not paid on time on April 1 and should come by the end of May.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • mercedes says:

        so no check on the 1st of may?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mercedes,

          It is very unlikely that the processing would be completed in time for the Treasury Department to set up payment for a May 1 payment, which would be delivered on April 29 because May 1 is Sunday, a non-banking day.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • mercedes says:

            i didnt receive anything today..i received a call saying i have to wait for a rewards letter..

          • mercedes says:

            AND I WAS ALSO TOLD ITS A NEW SYSTEM FOR PAYEES THATS WHY IT TAKING SO LONG TO PROCESS.. BUT SINCE I TALKED TO THEM WHEN WILL I RECEIVE ANY BENEFITS..(I APPLIED MARCH 8..APPROVED MARCH 15..WENT INTO THE OFFICE APRIL 19TH…BEEN WAITING SINCE THAT DAY FOR LETTERS AND BENEFITS..

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mercedes,

            Given the additional information that you have posted, I would say that you will just have to wait to see how long it takes. When procedures are changed, as you have been told, time frames become even less predictable.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  65. lisa alcott says:

    I applied the beginning of March 2016 for ssi for my grandson who has autism, I got a phone call April 21st saying he was approved and to come in and set up payee, my question is will he get any money for March, or will he just get for April and May? and also when i go in tomorrow morning to fill paperwork out for the debit card/payee how long before i get the card and the funds be on it?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lisa,

      If you applied on the first of March, your son’s benefits will start in March; otherwise, they will start in April. You should have the card within a week to ten days. How long before the benefits are paid to the card will depend on how quickly the local office authorizes payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Lavonna says:

        Hi Kay. So I set up a dedicated account for my daughter and the 2199 still remains because I am scared to spend it because the things the money can be used for is not all that clear. For instance, my daughters case worker told me special equipment could be an iPad or a TV. She has adhd and aggressive mood disorder. I’m not sure how that would help. Also if something did come up to where the 2199 doesn’t cover it, such as educational purposes, what would I need to get a payment expenditure? Do I need a letter from some professional, a list of expenses or what? Thank you

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Lavonna,

          I suggest that you discuss with your daughter’s doctor and therapist, teachers, etc., to find out whether any equipment or behaviorial modification programs or classes that would be helpful to your daughter’s emotional/behavior problems and whether any of those are not covered by her medical insurance. (For example, some children who are autistic are helped by interaction with computer programs.)

          Once that is determined, you can get a letter from the care provider about the therapeutic benefit of each item or program. The next step is to get estimates of the cost of recommended items or services. Then take all of the information to Social Security and request permission to make the purchases. Keep copies of everything you submit and request permission in writing.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  66. MRS MORGAN says:

    Hi i recieved a call from my local ssa stating i was approved 4/18/16 for ssi the rep asked for my paystubs which i brung in but i have yet to recieve a letter fyi i applied 3/22/16 it seemed kinda fast when should i expect my payment or letter in regards to payments

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mrs.Morgan,

      If you haven’t received payment within a month, follow up with your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  67. Chris says:

    Hi I got custody of my niece in March applied for survivor benefits and it appears a family memeber had been getting it since 2012 and she went into fostercare in 2013. IDK how it actually works if I’ll get back pay for that since someone else was getting the money and didnt have her or what? Another question is she has a disability and I applied for that and the letter said she became disabled in 1/2014 will they back pay for that? And is it even possible to get disability and survivor benefits both?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chris,

      If SSA is able to collect the misused funds from the former payee, they will be reissued to you. If the survivor benefits are less than $753 a month, your niece may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If she is eligible for SSI, benefits will begin the month after the month you filed the SSI application. Note that shortly before your niece’s eighteenth birthday, you can apply for Childhood Disability Benefits, which are paid to disabled adult children who are unmarried and become disabled before age twenty-two.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Chris says:

        Survivor benefits are 570 but I received nothing in the mail about anything else the information didn’t say survivor it just said disability so IDK what it actually is

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Chris,

          You can tell that the benefits are survivors benefits by the claim number, which is the deceased person’s claim number with the letters HC followed by a number. The “C” stands for child.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • chris.s says:

        Hi my question is I had received my first back pay in November in between that time I had asked for a advancement does that recycle my 6 month wait or do I receive a other one in may cuz I was told august

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Chris,

          If you were paid out all of what would have been your second SSI back payment installment due in May, probably the last installment will not be paid until November. If you did not receive the full May installment early, you should receive the remainder of the May installment in May.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  68. Jay A. says:

    My son was approved for SSI 2/2016 it was back pay dated back from 1/2015. He recieved his 1st check 3/2016 when will I see the 1st installment from the lump sum of the back pay. Is it 45 days after the 1st payment or 60days I have gotten 3 different answers and I need somebody who knows the correct answer to help me.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jay,

      The first installment should come within a month of the first monthly benefit. Subsequent installments are six months apart.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  69. Lavina says:

    Hi I just started getting ssi dec 1 2015 got my first backpayment nov when should I get my second one its the last that they owe me will I get it April or May thank u

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lavina,

      You should receive the next installment by the end of May.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • sabrina says:

        Good morning Kay,
        I didn’t know how to send a message. My son was receiving SSI since birth. Last summer it was stopped but April 2016 he was approved to continue payments. He did not get his May payment but I was told he would get his first installment this month. Is there anyway to get it expedited because of financial hardship. I’m also waiting for the case worker to call back as to why he did not get May’s payment. Please advise

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Sabrina,

          It is not certain that the request will speed anything up, but you can make a written statement of financial hardship (be specific as to why the money is needed now) at your local office and request the first installment of back pay to be released.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  70. Michelle says:

    I applied for SSI for my daughter . I received a fully favorable letter and turned in all the documents needed. How long does it take to receive an award letter after the interview and turned in all documents .

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michelle,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay, if it doesn’t have to be deposited to a dedicated account, will be paid in up to three installments with the first two not exceeding $2,199 each. Usually back SSI is paid within a month of the first monthly benefit. How fast that is paid will depend on how fast the representative in the local office does the processing after the interview and receipt of the documents.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  71. Samantha says:

    Hello my son got approved for benefits in march of 2016 i had my interview on 4-4-2016 and i was told how much back pay and how much he would get ech month. Can you tell me how long am i going to wait for the back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Samantha,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay, if it doesn’t have to be deposited to a dedicated account, will be paid in up to three installments with the first two not exceeding $2,199 each. Usually back SSI is paid within a month of the first monthly benefit. How fast that is paid will depend on how fast the representative in the local office does the processing after your interview.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  72. Ivette says:

    hello my mother was approved for ssi the letter says that was approved since June 23, 2010 which was when claim for the first time now in appointment to determine payments my question is she is living at her former exhusband legally seperated she has to put the income of the ex-husband? she lives there because no option but it has nothing to do with him.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ivette,

      If your mother and her ex are still married, her husband’s income and assets do affect her eligibility for SSI. Legal separation is not the same as a divorce.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • paul says:

      I was getting ssi but got incarcerated for two years and had to reapply. After getting my medical records and they got proof of my disability how long is the process , till I start receiving my benefits and is there any way to get the money sooner. I’ve been a paraplegic since 16 years old. What more info would I need to provide to speed the process?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Paul,

        I would expect that your claim would take less time than the usual range, but even so expect one to two months before you get the medical decision and a few weeks to get benefits started. After you have the medical approval, you can ask for an emergency advance payment.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  73. Lisa M Wolf says:

    Dear Kay
    I was approved for SSDI in november and started payments in december. I was told that I would get backpay from the onset of disability which was determined by an interview to be May 2016. I just received a payment of 2199. Is this all I am getting ? It says on the ssa website it is a one-time payment. I have not received any letters stating what i should be receiving , I was just told by someone in medical review board thatI would be getting backpay from may-dec 2016

    • Lisa M Wolf says:

      Correction it was may 2015 through December 2015for backpay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lisa,

      SSI back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart and the first two cannot exceed $2,199. You should get a letter within about a week that tells you to the total amount of your SSI back pay to be paid in installments.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Lisa M Wolf says:

        ty for your help i got my first installment on 3/22/16 and have not gotten a letter still. how can i find out the plan

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Lisa,

          You should have gotten an award letter by now. I suggest that you contact your local office to find out whether a duplicate can be issued to you.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  74. Kelly Venier says:

    Dear Kay, I’m sorry I should clarify, my letter says “Your current monthly payment is $609.67 for April 2016”
    But on the next page is where it says “you will receive your next monthly payment of $609.67 around May 1, 2016″
    It then says later that ” You meet all the rules to be eligible for SSI beginning March 2, 2015. Out rules don’t allow us to pay SSI until the month after you 1st met all of our eligibility rules. Therefore, the 1st month we can pay you is April 2015″
    I’m so confused by the 16 pages they sent to tell me how much I get. Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kelly,

      The first monthly check will be May 1. Your back pay will consist of only one month, April 2016, and can arrive at any time. (Also, please see my response to your first post.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  75. Kelly Venier says:

    Dear Kay,
    Hello, I had my hearing on February 9, 2016 before the ALJ, I was notified last week on Tuesday March 22, 2016 that I was approved for SSI and SSDI. The next day on Wednesday March 23, 2016 I had my interview at the local Social Security Office for my SSI interview. The woman that interviewed me said I was very lucky because the ALJ approved my disability backdated to March 23, 2011 the day after the hearing with the ALJ that denied me the 1st time I applied. I know the SSI only goes back until this past March 15, 2015 when I reapplied for SSI, but what I was wondering is the woman at The local office told me last week how much I would be getting monthly for SSI and how much my 1st back pay check will be, but she also told me I would get my 1st monthly payment April 1, 2016 and that my 1st back pay installment will be arriving any day. I borrowed enough money to get our carpets cleaned because we had an inspection for our apartment (section 8, inspects every year) they failed us due to a few spots in the carpet and said just get them cleaned by next Thursday, we will be back to reinspect then. Even though it’s mostly normal wear after 10years, kids, pets, and it was pretty old when we moved in, anyway I borrowed the money under the condition I pay it back this Friday when I get paid on the 1st. Then yesterday I get the letter in the mail telling me what my payments & back pay will be, but it says I should start getting my 1st payment May 1st. I still have the voicemail the local office left me with the amounts & telling me it will be April 1st. Any idea which of them is right? And do you have any idea when I should expect the 1st installment of my back pay? I’m going to be in a horrible mess of it isn’t VERY soon, thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kelly,

      Apparently, the processing did not get completed in time for the April 1 monthly payment. The installment could come before May 1. At this point, all you can really do is show the letter to the person you borrowed from and offer for them to listen to the voice mail to show that you borrowed the money in good faith thinking you would have the income by April 1.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  76. Elisa says:

    My daughter was receiving benefits from his Dad sss since she was 14 due to his terminal cancer sickness. SSS stopped her benefits when she was 18 in June 2010 . July 2010 I filed a claim for her disability because I wanted to continue her benefits after turning 18. She got a lot of birth defects since birth. Did not get any response or denial letter from them. In October 2014 I filed a claim again SDD under her Dad’s social and SSI at the same time and got denied again. I did not appeal and let it go. I did it again in Sept. 2015 for SSDI and SSI and got approved for SSI benefit and received back pay this March. Per “REVIEW STATEMENT SUMMARY FOR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME document that I received, my daughter is:

    She is disabled. Her disability began on June 21, 2010
    She was disabled prior to age 22.

    My question is, Since she was approved as disabled since June 2010 should her disability payment get retroactive from the 2010 year? The back payment that she received this March was 2,431.87 and the second one will be in August 2016 for $810.63 total $3,241.87 from Oct.2015 to Feb 2016. Her first check will be deposited next month in the amount of 648.50. Am I missing something something? Is she automatically approved for SSDI through her Dad’s SSS. I have not received anything from them yet. My daughter is receiving DEA from the Veterans and SSI asked me to forward a copy of the award because it counted as her income. What other Veterans Benefit are considered as her income. I am planning to submit a claim through the VA for a DIC or any benefits that my daughter can get due to my husband’s early death due to Service connected disability at age 61.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Elisa,

      Your daughter has probably also been medically approved for disabled adult child (DAC) benefits on her father’s earnings record. SSI is paid first. When the DAC benefits are paid, the back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI paid for the same period. When ongoing DAC benefits start, your daughter’s SSI will be either decreased or terminated depending on the amount of her DAC benefits. Any additional VA benefits will probably be countable income for SSI, but will not affect DAC benefits.

      SSI is paid from the date of the application that was approved, not from prior denied claims that you did not appeal. Similarly, although your daughter’s DAC benefits can have some retroactivity, it is limited and will not go back to the 2010 or 2014 claims.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Tiffany says:

        dear kay
        thank you for all the answers you have gave me you have been so helpful. so i received the first payment of 2199 Wednesday and will receive my first monthly payment on the 1st of april. my question is when will her back
        pay come and her date of her disability started was feb 10,2014 according to her paper work.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tiffany,

          The $2,199 payment is the first installment of back pay. The remainder will be paid in two more installments six months apart, so the next installment is due in September 2016.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Tiffany says:

            ms Kay thank you so much your a great help have a nice weekend and Easter.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Tiffany, and thank you.

          • Kesha says:

            My daughter recieved her first ssi in January. They owe her another installment when do you think she will get it?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kesha,

            Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart. The first usually is paid shortly after the first monthly payment.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • I just got my card today does anyone know when I will be getting my money

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear David,

            If you have already received a favorable medical decision and had a financial update interview, you should receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits this month.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  77. Kinya says:

    Hi….
    I was told by a representative that my daughter’s back pay can be used for purchase of a vehicle for me to get her back and forward to appointments, school, and myself to therapy appointments that require me to be there. But Im not see this as an approved use on the letter I received.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kinya,

      It sounds as if your daughter’s benefits may have been deposited to a Dedicated Account. Social Security can approve other uses for a Dedicated Account funds. I suggest that you get the approval in writing just to be sure.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  78. john says:

    Just another “when will we receive payment” question – specifically when approval comes mid month.

    Girlfriend received ODAR approval for SSI given on 2/11/16 after her hearing in 12/15. For some reason the Appeals Council did a quality check which delayed the PERC interview. Had that interview on 3/16/16. 31 months back pay approved in that interview at full 733.00 per month. Lawyer payment approved for 25%, and a loan payback to me of 13K also approved for immediate payment per the clerk.

    Clerk at SSA says she should receive her 1st $2199 “within a couple of days” – the lawyer should be paid “a few days after that”, followed by her back pay of 13K to repay me “soon thereafter”. Then on 4/1/2016 she will get her first monthly payment.

    This is all Direct Deposit into her own account as she is getting direct payment.

    All sounds great except that what I read here is that approvals made mid-month seem to not be paid until the 1st of the following month and often it appears people only get the normal monthly payment on the 1st and the $2199 can come later.

    Was our clerk exaggerating the speed of payments? Or should we really expect payments to start rolling in this month?

    It isn’t crucial, but it sure would help us get back on track.

    Thank you for your input in advance.

    • john says:

      I should have just been patient. The 1st 2199.00 was deposited last night. Hopefully the clerk was correct about all of the other payments as well. Finally glad to see this come to a conclusion. Thank you.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        You are welcome, John.

        • Lavonna says:

          I received the award letter on 3/15/16, my interview was 2/29/16, the award letter states benefits will begin around 4/1/16 and they will be in touch regarding the back pay which is 7k, 2 questions
          1. How can I get an expedited payment because I need to move by 4/1?
          2. What is the largest amount they will approve for living expenses such as security deposit, rent, and new bed and clothes?
          PS ssi is for my daughter

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Lavonna,

            Usually when a person requests release of funds early due to dire need, the person has to itemize the projected need, that is, you have to itemize how much the move in costs will be and bed for your daughter. However, your child’s back pay may be subject to deposit to a Dedicated Account. If it is, typically the money cannot be used for shelter, only for certain specific needs. As far as the monthly payment, it may now too late to get an advance payment to get the April benefit early. In any case, I suggest that you talk to Social Security to double check whether they is any help for your situation. (You can learn more about dedicated accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Lavonna says:

            Thank you Kay,
            Would the information regarding a dedicated account be something sent separately? I have received the debit card and booklets explaining what can and cannot be purchased, but nothing regarding another account. And my original question was in reference to the back pay being expedited, even if it’s only for the 2199. Sorry for the miscommunication.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Lavonna,

            I understood that you are expecting to be paid your child’s back pay in installments for $2,199 six months apart, but usually if more than six months of benefits are due, a Dedicated Account with restricted use is required. If you have not been instructed regarding a Dedicated Account, it is possible that the benefits will be paid out to a regular account for any use for your child.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • cristina carter says:

            I had a hearing on Feb 17, my lawyer told me the judge said he’ll approve it after I left the courtroom how long does this take before I really know!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Cristina,

            The guideline is to get a decision within sixty days, but sometimes it takes longer.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Tiffany says:

          dear kay
          i have a question for you. my daughters case worker had contacted me yesterday 3/21/2016 to inform me that all paper work was completed and submitted and that i should receive her direct deposit some time this week. well the teller at the bank was saying i should receive it at midnight due to our birthdays being on the 27 and 29. is this true or could it be later on

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Tiffany,

            I believe that the bank teller was mistaken. If your daughter is eligible for Social Security and her birthday is late in the month, the payment would be on the fourth Wednesday, which this month is this week, the 23rd. However, you posted your inquiry under a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) article. If your daughter receives SSI, her regular monthly payments will be on the 1st of the month. First payments and back pay can be paid any time during the month.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Tiffany says:

            okay i spoke to a ssa clerk earlierand he said that her 1st back pay of 2199 was released on the 21st of the month and i should get with in 10 days is this true or will it be longer im confused as this is my first time ever going threw this and with all her meds and medical bills its stressful

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Tiffany,

            Since the date of release you were given is in the past, it is likely accurate and you should receive the benefits in the time frame quoted.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear John,

      It is possible that processing is occurring faster than average in your geographic area. However, in general, I would say that an interview on March 16 would usually not result in a regular monthly payment until May 1. Also, typically the back pay installment is authorized after the monthly payment. Depending on the timing, it could come before the monthly payment; but it usually doesn’t.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  79. Leamon D Hughes says:

    I got approved for SSI as of January 1 2016, they said my payments would start March 1 . My social security agent didn’t ask me how I wanted to get my money so in I waited and waited for the money to come in . I contacted her and she informed me that I was receiving the electronic card. well here it is March 17 and I haven’t received it yet. I called her and she said that it was out of there hands and gave me the number to the card company, I called them and they told me it was sent . I called again today and they said there was nothing they could do. I think I should be getting back pay for January and Feburary but i have n’t heard anything on that either. I need that money to pay my bills. My wife gets ssi and they reduced her check this month because i was getting one but I haven’t received anything yet and I am tired of getting the run around. what do I need to do to get my money for this month.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Leamon,

      If it has been more than a week since the date the card was sent out, I suggest asking that the card be cancelled and that you be issued another one with a different number or that your payment be sent to a bank account. Also, check with your local Social Security office to see whether the payment has actually been authorized. If it has, that’s all the more reason to have the card cancelled.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  80. Ana says:

    Dear Kay,
    I applied for ssi for my child in 7/27/15, he was denied and I appealed . which resulted for him to be approve on 3/14/16 . My worker actually called me telling he was approve she told me to open two Bank accounts for him , which she told me brifley that the amount they owe him was a lot o need two accounts which o don’t understand was I shoping to open a checking or a saving account? She just told me to take those documents before she went on vacations . she had called me on a Friday so I was unable to go so I told her I would be there Monday morning. I went in that Monday she had called in sick. Now I have to wait until she comes back . I have not received anything in the mail not even the approval letter.
    I didnt understand why she said that the money they owe my child going to be untouchable why is that , it wasn’t my fault they took so long to approve .

    • Ana says:

      Some words were automatically corrected , but hope you can read it or understand what I’m trying to say thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ana,

      You need to open two accounts for your child, one for the child’s ongoing monthly benefits and a second “Dedicated Account” to receive the back pay due. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) law requires that back pay that exceeds six months benefits go into a Dedicated Account and be restricted to certain uses. The accounts can be either checking or savings. You can read about Dedicated Accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Ana says:

        What happen if I dont end up using that money for my child??? So this is not consider like backpay ??

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Ana,

          You can be prosecuted for using your child’s funds for anyone other than your child.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Ana says:

            What I meant to say is what happens with the dedicated account if it doesn’t get spend ??? I found out about my child diagnoses at a really young age and I have hope for him.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Ana,

            The money will remain in the Dedicated Account until it is needed for education or job training or one of the other allowed uses.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  81. Suzanne says:

    Hello my name is Suzanne I had received two letters from social security stating that I was found disable February 3, 1993. When I read the letter it says that how they was gonna pay me in back payment when I wrote them they sunt me a letter saying they was gonna keep in touch with me about my back pay. I write them from time to time. My question is I was found disable in 1993 why took so long to tell me I will be getting back pay? Here it is 2016 how can social security calculate from the time I became disabled til now

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Suzanne,

      Please provide a bit more information so I can respond to your questions.
      1. When did you file the application that was approved?
      2. When did you get the notice of approved claim (the letter that referenced February 1993)?
      3. Have you started to receive monthly benefits?
      4. Have you ever gotten any back pay? When? What period did it cover?

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Alyssa says:

        Dear Kay,

        I recently won my hearings appeal for SSI on 2-17-16. I was found disabled back to 2/2014. I met with someone from SSI on 2-19-16 who explained benefit amounts and back pay installments and such. She had it marked down on a sheet for me that I would receive the first back pay installment of $2199.00 on March 1st. March 1 came and I only recieved my first SSI payment. I did call and get transferret to my claims officer and yet no returned calls. Is there a typical time frame to wait?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Alyssa,

          You should get your first installment of SSI back pay in the same month as the first monthly benefit.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  82. Steve says:

    I received my first payment of $2199 on October 13th 2015, when should the next one be sent to my bank? Thanks for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Steve,

      If you have not received the second installment by the end of March, follow up with your local Social Security office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  83. Johnnie says:

    I just recently became the payee on my nephew’s SSI because his mother passed away. He was cut off on SSI because his mother did not update the records when they asked her to. I have since done this and they determined that he is owed around $7000 in back payments. I received this determination letter around the first part of December 2015. How long should it take for them to give him this payout?

    He has many medical needs and it would definitely help about now.

    Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Johnnie,

      If your nephew was receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) due to disability, his benefits should have already been released. I suggest that you follow up with your local Social Security office. If the benefits are actually Social Security dependent and survivor benefits on his mother’s earnings record, I’d give it until February 15 before following up because payment is released from the payment center, not the local office. If that is the case, ask the local office to send a status and request-for-payment inquiry to the payment center.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • July Copeland says:

        Hello! I have been approved for my ssi got all my letters showing what I’ll be getting and when my first payment will be. I just want to know how long will it take to get my back pay check. My first payment will be March 1st should it come then I don’t know I’m lost also will it be mail to me

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear July,

          If your monthly check started on March 1 as expected, the first installment of the back pay should later in March.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • July Copeland says:

            Thanks i had called and they told me it is getting fed ex whatever that mean

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Der July,

            You are welcome. It sounds as if it is being mailed in an expedited service.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • July Copeland says:

            What that mean expedited service. Im still waiting back pay still havent came

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear July,

            Expedited service means that they have mailed your replacement check by a special mail service to get it to you faster than regular mail.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • July Copeland says:

            After all i kind of got some answers. Due to that i am going to receive ssi and ssdi i have to wait till my lawyer get paid also my ssi will stop April and ssdi will start April1st for ssdi so they will have to take away what they gave me for this month payment and the lawyer then i should here something by then. Im soiry just confuse a lil about the whole thing thanks for your help also

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, July.

    • Tamika says:

      Just checking, I received a phone call saying my son was approved for SSI. Because I work I had to send in my check stubs. I receive this phone call last month in January. I haven’t heard anything from them sense. How long will it take from here.

      Thank you

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Tamika,

        If you haven’t received benefits or an approval letter within a month of when they would have received your pay stubs, follow up with your local office.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • viv says:

      Hi my daughter was approved for disability I went to the appointment for determining her amount and backpay, how long will it take to receive the first payment.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Viv,

        After the financial interview it can take a couple weeks to a month or more for the first monthly benefit. Release of back pay should be start within a month after that.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  84. jennifer says:

    hello
    please help me,,
    yes i was approved for my SSI in July 2015 by an ALJ ,the judge awarded it for me since September 2013,, i did the interview in August 2015 and i received my first SSI check in September , and i got my Notice of Award and they told me in the letter they will be in touch with me about my backpay,, ts January 2016 and i still havent received it i talked to my local social security office back in december 2015 and the lady told me its still being processed,, ive been trying to call them back the last few days,, cant get a hold of them,, i guess because of the bad weather weve had,, im just wandering when i may receive the backpay in my letter also it says i suppose to get like around 11,950 dollars i know i wont get it all at once because i know it suppose to be broke up but for some reason the lady told me last month at the social security office i wont get but $8,000 some dollars im just wandering too is taxes took out of this is that the reason why she said ill just be getting $8,000, some dollars, i need answers and just cant seem to get any,, please please let me know what you think
    please

    im so confused,,

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      If you received public assistance from the state while your claim was pending, the reduction in the amount of back pay that you were told about may be caused by the requirement that part of your back pay be sent to the state to repay the assistance. If that is the case, that may have also caused some delay. That said, you should have received the first installment of your back pay by now. If you do not receive it within about a week, I suggest trying to visit the office to find out what is needed to release it. If that doesn’t get you payment in February, I suggest contacting your congressperson’s office to see if they will look into it for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  85. Jasmine Correa says:

    Hi I checked my ss login and it says a one time check payment of 1466 was sent out Jan 15 2016 and I live in Hollywood Florida just wondering how long will it take and where Is it coming from

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jasmine,

      Allow five days. Payment comes from the Treasury Department.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • christine cook says:

        hello, The judge recommended a determination be made as to weather or not i need a payee, 7/15 I immediately began my inquiries. Never got a straight answer. Finally I was told they didn’t have any checking account to deposit to. I gave them my checking info and began receiving my monthly ck. I continued to call concerning my back pay after many call I was told it would not be released until they had my payee info.. This was after i had been receiving my cks for 4 months. I called my local office and was told I needed a payee contrary to the judges order of determination to be made. I do not fit any criteria witch requires me to have one. I was denied any opportunity to present docs. in support of my abilities. I had no choice but take a payee they approved so I wouldn’t loss my home of 22 yrs. When i meet my payee and presented myself he told me he couldn’t do a better job, said he was impressed etc. I am now appealing to be my own with Dr. statements etc. This blatant disregard of the judges order fuled by apathy has now incurred an additional $ 3,000.00 to keep my home of 22 yrs. How can this be ok? And how long will they take to decide if i can be my own payee? THANK YOU for your time.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Christine,

          Appeals of this type usually take a couple months if the benefit you are receiving is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It can take longer if your benefit is Social Security Disability (SSDI).

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Kathy says:

        Hi Kay,
        I called ss office they said my son was approved January 22. When can I expect to receive first payment? And award letter. I asked for a card to be issued from them so when will I receive that card?
        Thank u

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kathy,

          The card could come within about ten days, but it could take longer for the payment to be calculated and paid. Before payment is made, you may be asked to provide a financial update for the period between application and approval.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Kathy says:

        Also will I have to go back to office after being approved before I can receive payment?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kathy,

          Please see my response of a few minutes ago to your first post.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • vincente hull says:

            I was approved for SSI disability in January, I got my reward letter that month as well, I had to talk to social security office bout how much my ssi payments will be, I got my first ssi payment Feb 1, 2016, in my reward letter it stated I’ll get back $12,954 in back pay, I do know I will get it in 3 installments with my lawyers getting $3,100 out of my back pay, I have to go to social security office to get the max of $733 due to having to pay rent, my question is, how long will I have to wait to get an installment back pay check? I’ve called ss office and was told it was in review, now they telling me its not in review! I got so many people I have to start paying back and a back pay will help, my lawyer said that I’ll get paid before they will. I’ve heard people waiting a month to 4 months. Plz help

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Vincente,

            The first installment should be paid within a month of your receiving your first monthly payment. If it is longer, follow up by trying to reach your claims representative to find out if anything else is needed from you and to get an estimate of when you can expect the payment. If you do this by going in, ask the service representative at the front desk to check with the claims representative handling the case to get an answer to your question.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Mytria says:

            I apply for SSI in 2014 I got denied by the Social Security office I got in the pool when in front of a judge on January 22nd 2016 and I haven’t received any type of letter or any of that in response to whether or not my case was approved hello how long does the letter take

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mytria,

            The guideline for receiving a written decision is sixty-days after the hearing, although it may take longer. You can call the hearing office to find out the status after sixty days.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  86. Chris Pierson says:

    Hi. I have went to court several times and to federal court twice. the second time they finally approved my ssi and disability. It has been 11 yrs and my lawyer said that because it went to federal court I will be getting all my back pay. I was approved in April I did my interview in August and I still havent got any of my benefits. My lawyer keeps checking on it and they keep saying that its being processed. Can you tell me why it might be taking so long?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chris,

      The large amount of back pay is likely some of the reason for delay as it will probably require management approval. That said, five months should be long enough to get payment out to you. Ask your lawyer about your contacting your local congressperson to follow up on your payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Aki Harden says:

        Dear Kay i was approved for ssi in dec. 2015 and everything has been process how long will it take before i receive my first payment ?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Aki,

          It can take from a week to a month or more for payment to start after the local office says they have all the financial information they need from you

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  87. Teejai says:

    Hello Kay. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis 8 yrs. ago. Inherited from my mother’s side of the family. 4 yrs ago, I lost my job due to my arthritis on my lowerback , both knees, right shoulder and my left foot. I applied for SSI sometime on the beginning of Sept. of 2015, and on the third week of Dec. 2015. I received a phone call from SSA stating that I was approved, along with a letter they had mailed me. She told me they will direct deposit the payment when they receive my bank info. and certain other documents. I mailed these info’s. as requested on the first week of Jan. 2016. And on the last week of Dec. 2015 I tried to helped my 23 yr old son apply for SSI due to his IBS that he has had from early childhood in which many Doctor’s could not diagnose what the problem was till 2 or 3 yr’s. ago. He only worked 3 yr’s. out of his life. His IBS interferes with his work abilities, and his boss cut many hr’s. from him due to his IBS, so he only gets to work one or two days of a week or sometimes dont work at all. So Im thinking, he cant work full time. SSA, requested only 2 documents from my son and they told him they will get back to him. My question is, since I was approved, why hasnt anyone inform me how much will my payments be and/or what month will I get my payments and/or will there be a backpay if any and since my son has IBS from early childhood, does he qualify to collect SSI benefits due to his IBS?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teejai,

      It usually takes a couple weeks to a month or more for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to be calculated and paid after all the documentation has been submitted. Often the deposit of the first month’s payment will be made before you get the explanatory letter. The back pay will follow. Back benefits will begin to accrue October 2015 unless you applied on September 1 in which case they will begin with September. If you were also approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), it typically takes one to two months for the SSDI to start after SSI has been paid. The SSDI could start as far back as September 2014.

      Whether or not your son is approved will depend on how severe his condition is. A statement from his employer about problems on the job could possibly help his claim. If he is approved and has worked for only short periods on each job, there is a remote chance he could apply for benefits as a disabled adult child on your earnings record if you are approved for SSDI.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  88. Angelia says:

    Hello Kay,

    I have a question. I applied for my son for SSI in July 2015. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, torticollis, plageocephally, and a developmental delay. I have an appointment at the SSI office the 18th of this month. Can I expect to be told if I am approved or denied at that appointment? If I am approved that day and elect for direct deposit, how long from there will I receive my first payment?

    Best Regards,
    Angelia

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angelia,

      It sounds as if your son has been medically approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The appointment is probably to update family finances. It can take anywhere from a week to a month for funds to be released after you have submitted everything necessary.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • cary says:

        Kay, I just got my first SSI check on Jan, but my question is about backpay. My backpay is not over three times my monthly benefits, I have read that in this case I should get all my backpay at once, is this true? Also, it says I have to pay back the DPPS, my question for this is: I was under cash and food assistance, do I have to pay back both the cash and food or just the cash? Also, usually how long is the wait under circumstances like mine? Thanks.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Cary,

          If your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is less than $2,199, it will be paid in one payment. There is some variance from state to state, but usually food assistance does not have to be repaid. The repayment for assistance will occur before any remaining is released to you. I would expect it to take at least a month.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  89. Jason croley says:

    My SSI back payments are paid in three installments I got my first one it’s now 6 months later I’m getting my second one it says it was sent on the 2nd when I check the my Social Security website was just wondering how long till I get it on my card

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jason,

      It will probably take a couple of bank runs over a couple weekdays that are not holidays.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  90. P.Hudson says:

    I have a question my son was in Dhs custody he was receive a check a month but they let his case closed so when I got him back I got a call that all the money Dhs had for him was return to them and that I need to become payee over his check to receive it but when I went up there they said his case was closed and I had to reapply so how long do it take to get approved and how long do it take to get the money Dhs send back to Ssi

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear P.,

      If your son’s case was closed for twelve months, then a new application and new medical review and decision is required and it can take two to five months. If his benefits stopped for less than twelve months, then only a redetermination of financial eligibility is needed and you should receive benefits within a month of submitting all the financial information requested.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jamal alaman says:

        Hi my son applied in July 2015 and got denied October 29 and if we alpply again and get approved will we get back pay from the time the disability started or the actual time we applied??

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jamal,

          If your son is approved, his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments will begin to accrue in August unless you applied on July 1 in which case they will begin in July.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  91. Christie says:

    I have been trying to help a lady get approved for SSI. The case went before an ALJ. I found out today that she was approved on the 18th. Unfortunately, she passed away this evening. Is there any chance her grown children could get any of the back pay to cover her funeral expenses? She has been getting widow’s benefits since October.c Her daughter has power of attorney and access to her direct deposit account. She would have gotten about 48 months of back pay if she had lived long enough. Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christie,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) underpayments are not paid to children. Based on the information you provided, I would say the SSI underpayment is not payable to anyone; however, you can review the rules at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0502101003 and double check with the Social Security Administration. If she was approved also for Social Security Disability (SSDI), the underpayment likely will be paid to her surviving children as described in https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0202301030. The daughter needs to apply for the underpayment on behalf of all the children.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Dadene says:

        Hi..ive tried emaling 4 times but it didnt work.. i hope you can help.. i received an approval from the judge dated nov 4 2105.. its now jan 02 2016..i still have not received a approval letter.. i moved a month ago..i contacted my lawyers office letting them know..should i call my ss office to ask about my benefits? Or wait it out.. thank you very much!!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Dadene,

          You need to report your change of address to the Social Security Administration. You posted your question on an SSI (Supplemental Security Income) article. If your claim is for SSI, you have to provide updated information about your living arrangements so that your benefits can be calculated for months after your move. I suggest going to the office in which you applied if you are not too far away to report the change and to follow up on what else is needed to get benefits started. If you are too far from that office, go to your local office. Either way, take your hearing approval letter with you.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  92. Kathy says:

    Hi Kay,
    I applied for disability for my autistic son in August 19th, he had a mental exam November 24th. The ss office said the have until December 23rd to make a decision. Which they have yet to do. My question is if my son is approved will there be any type of back pay. Or is this few months considered the waiting period? I have a few friends that say they got back pay from the day they applied but also hear stories that some don’t receive back back from the date applied.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kathy,

      If your son is approved and has been continuously financially eligible since application, his SSI benefits will start to accrue with the month after the month of application unless you applied for him on the first of the month in which case benefits will begin to accrue with the month of application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  93. shantika anderson says:

    I applied for Social Security I’m back in 2011 it was denied I replied i was denied again i went in front of a judge and denied again i replied again this time with a lawer i was told by my law on dec 3 that i was aprove all i am waiting on is my award letter in the mail how long do that take she said by monday and about how long befor i get my money it xmas time i have 8 kids and will i get all my money from the time i applied

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shantika,

      If your second claim also went to a hearing, after you get the letter, you will have an interview with Social Security to update your financial situation from when you initially filed the claim that has been approved up to present. After that it can take from a week to a month or more for benefits to start. Your back benefits will be start with your second application. Monthly benefits will be paid first and back pay will be paid in installments six months apart if the back pay is more than $2,199. If your claim has been approved on an initial application, the length of time could be shorter and the claim could be paid without a financial update.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • mrzdraia says:

        Hi i applied for my son back in march 2015 he has a intellectual impairment when i was 7 minths pregnant i found out his brain and lungs werent fully developed they caught it late and i had to get shots every couple of hours until i gave birth at 8 months he walked late talked late niw he is 18 but functioning at a fourth grade later so they had us see there disability doctor only because i took him off of meds at twelve he seen tge doctor it lasted like a hour and a half that was on nov 18 2015 she said she was gonna turn in the report befor thanks giving so friday nov 11 a worker from the ssi office called but we were on the train and she left a message she would call back on monday she never did.why would she be calling dont they send letters.but i called the 800 number and the guy told me a decision was made on dec 9 th and he said he will email that worker that called me still no call then he tells me a award letter comes out 2 to 3 weeks after ur approved im like what he he chukkled and said i cant tell u every thing but i can tell u a little sumthing what should i do if i dont here from her tomorrow.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mrzdraia,

          If you do not receive a letter or are not contacted by the local Social Security office by December 30, I suggest that you contact them and ask whether they have received the file back from DDS. Say you were told that a decision was made on December 9 and you haven’t received a letter.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • P says:

            Hay I have a ? They say I suppose to get a check on 25 which is Christmas I’m trying see well it come 21 ?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear P.,

            The benefit should have come on the 24th.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • mrzdraia says:

            Thank you i will be going in next week to request one i have another question can they do it when i go in to request on or would they give me a date to come back he is 18 i was told my income doesnt count but her works 2 days a week through this program at school.i have his two pay stubs and i am not currently working.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mrzdraia,

            In all likelihood, the best you will get is an appointment for another day. Just say that you came in because you had been unable to get a call back over the phone, even to set an appointment, and you assume information is needed or you would not have been called.

            You can offer your son’s pay stubs going back to the later of when he started to work or the date of his application. If you had any income up between the time you applied for your son and when he turned eighteen, take that with you. Also, you will need a statement from your son’s school that confirms the number of hours he attends class a week to prove he is eligible for the higher student work exclusion. You may be able to submit all this documentation even if you don’t get a formal interview that day. Be sure to keep the originals.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • mrzdraia says:

          Up date wrll since i never heard anything back from that worker me and my son went in to our local office and they told us he was approved and we should receive a letter soon but still nothing.my son is 18 years old and still in school til he’s 22 would the call us in for a interview or end of the line interview.i have a relative who was approved and she was waiting for her letter but she got a check before a letter and never went in for a interview what is that about

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mrzdraia,

            Please see my response to your first post. If your relative’s claim didn’t pend as long as your son’s, she might not have needed an update interview. Also, probably your son’s claim will have to be paid on two different claim numbers in the computer system-one for when he was under eighteen and your income and assets were considered in determining payment amount and another claim number for the month he turned eighteen to present when your income is not considered, but he is considered to be living in another person’s household. It is common to receive payment before an award letter, but I think the letter that was referred to was a letter to set up an appointment to accomplish what was intended when you were first called and missed the call.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Shante says:

        Hi My son is now 9 years old. since he started preschool they labled him ID intelectually Delayed back in 2008. Because of my denial I waited thinking he would grow out of his delayments but it only got worse. So I finally filed in June 2015 ive done everything theyve asked he had a doc appt on Nov 5 and I havent heard anything. My questions is if approved will he get back pay from the date he was considered disabled in 2008 or from the date I filed in 2015. Also how long should it take before I hear something about my case status. Thanks for your time.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shante,

          If your son is approved, benefits will start July 2015, unless you applied on June 1 in which case benefits will begin in June. If you do not have a decision by January 15, I suggest calling the claims examiner who ordered the examination and ask whether the report has been received and whether there is anything else you need to provide for a decision to be made.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • shante says:

            Hi Kay update: my approval date was for Nov 10 for ssi n disability on my app saids since Dec 2008 his disability began through school and hes in special ed. The doc approved him Nov 5 so if he gets disability n ssi is he entitled to back pay from the onset date of his disability. Also how do I apply for emegency funds. Please Help

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shante,

            Your child’s SSI benefits will begin to accrue the month after application unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits will begin to accrue in the month of application. You can request an emergency payment at your local office. Be prepared to explain the reason you need emergency funds and take any proof of the emergency that you have. Any advance payment will be withheld from payments due when processing is completed.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • dave says:

        question we called ssi office they said app came out of review last monday and was approved still no letter or anything to provide proof of approval called monday said judge was reviewing again but approved im in limbo here anyone know whats going on

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Dave,

          I suggest that you call the hearing office to get a status as the person you speak to will have more detailed information about where you appeal is in the process. It is possible that the judge’s decision was selected for a random quality assurance review.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  94. Crystal Logan says:

    Hi Kay, I applied for Disability for my daughter two years ago, we went to the hearing with the judge we had two court dates, last hearing he spoke with one of their doctors they had go over my daughters medical records, as well as current conditions, durring which the Dr told the judge that my daughter should have never been taken off of social security when she was seven years of age due to no change in her conditions and them only becoming worse, (I fought the decission when they removed her originally and did not reapply until she was 14), the judge approved her on Nov 6th 2015. Iv called my local office who informed me they have received the paperwork from the judge stating she is approved and that I should be receiving her award letter by this coming Friday and that it will have an appointment time for me to come in for the interview. My questions are one I do not have a bank account set up at the moment, with her being so ill iv been unable to work, so iv not had the extra money to open an account, how will they do her first payment with me not having an account to deposit into, my next question is, after speaking with them and them informing me that the award letter should be to me this Friday how long does it normally take for them to get me in for the updating info interview, do I have to have an appoitment to update the info with them or can I just do a walk in visit at my local office to give them the information they are needing. And my Last question is it possible for her to receive her first monthly payment this month, since December 1st has already past, I know they make payments on the first of every month, but was wondering if there was a chance she could still receive her benefits later in the month as well. any help with these questions will be greatly appreciated. thank you so much for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Crystal,

      The first reinstatement check is likely to be a monthly check paid on the first. You can then use the check to open a bank account. Back benefits are usually paid after the first monthly benefit. I suggest that you wait for the appointment because a claims representative may not be available to interview you if you just walk in.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Crystal Logan says:

        Thank you so much Kay for your help, Do you happen to know if they will send me a paper check in the mail for her first monthly benefit payment, I have been told by several people that social security no longer sends out paper checks in the state of Kentucky and that you have to have a bank account set up with direct deposit to get the first payment. So i’m unsure how this will be sent to me for her. Just trying to find out because my mail has been delivered to wrong addresses several times over the last few months. Thanks again for all your help.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Crystal,

          Often banks require a payee appointment letter before they will set up an account with the right title, which would be “her name by your name, representative payee.” Therefore, the first payment is often made by check. Another option is to request a DirectExpress card to be set up and have the first payment paid that way and then establish a bank account when you have the necessary paperwork.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  95. Lori says:

    How long does it take to get an approval or denial letter if your SSI claim is in medical review? What are my chances of an approval if you have Major Depression, SEV, w/o psych , anxiety disorder, hypertension and morbidly obese and my counselor and Family nurse practitioner who is specialist in psychology also wrote to the DDS that I should have SSI? Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lori,

      I cannot predict whether or not you will be approved but your counselor’s and nurse practitioner’s support is helpful to your claim. It can take two to five months to get a medical decision and another a couple weeks to a couple months for payment to start after a medical approval.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  96. NidrahP says:

    Hi I applied for social security disability for my son who is 6 back in March 2015. He was denied in August, I requested a reconsideration and he was approved Oct. 29 2015. As of yet I have not received anything not even a letter but I have been in contact with a worker at the social security office and he advised me to get a dedicated account for my son which I did as of just a few days ago. But to my understanding any back pay owed supposed to be sent in a check. I do know my son getting the max amount which is 733 and he’s owed 5840 in back pay. I need some clarification on these things…Can you better help me understand and what I need to ask the worker? I know someone who lives in NYC and they received a lump sum of what was owed to them for their child who is 6 too, and it was just a little under 5k. Plz help me better understand.

  97. Amanda Glover says:

    My mother has been approved for her ssi for over a year now yet she has still not received a payment. Any idea wht it could be taking so long.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amanda,

      You mother should follow up with the local office for an explanation of the delay and an estimate of when payment will begin. If she doesn’t receive payment in a month, I suggest that she contact her congressperson’s office to have them look into why payment has not started.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  98. Heather Hines says:

    Hello, I was approved for ssi on October 09, 2015. I went for my final interview on October 23, 2015. I also got my first monthly payment for November. It took me 2 & 1/2 years too get approved. SSA sent me a Award Notice and it stated my monthly and back payments. Under “Information about your ssi payment” it states “We will be in-touch with you about your back payments.” Why does it state that????? I also had legal aid which waived all attorney fees, and did not get any interim assistance. It’s now November 20, 2015 and still no word about it. I called and they stated it is processing. Thank you. –
    I also posted this on another forum, but this one seems more correct place to ask the question. Sorry

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      If your SSI back pay is more than $2,199, it will be released in up to three monthly installments issued six months apart. Once the back installment payments are set up, which can take a month or more, you will get the first installment and a letter listing the amount.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Heather Hines says:

        Thank you.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          You are welcome, Heather.

          • Heather Hines says:

            I am still confused as too why some people state there award notice included the back pay amt and when they would recieve the first installment and other people including myself award notice state my amount but says on the next page “we will be intouch with you about your back pay”? Why does it differ.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Heather,

            Back payment amounts are listed in Social Security award letters when there are no potential offsets for workers compensation, certain government pensions, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you did not file an SSI or workers compensation claim, you should contact your local office and ask them to communicate to the payment center that neither is involved.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • NidrahP says:

        Hi I applied for social security disability for my son who is 6 back in March 2015. He was denied in August, I requested a reconsideration and he was approved Oct. 29 2015. As of yet I have not received anything not even a letter but I have been in contact with a worker at the social security office and he advised me to get a dedicated account for my son which I did as of just a few days ago. But to my understanding any back pay owed supposed to be sent in a check. I do know my son getting the max amount which is 733 and he’s owed 5840 in back pay. I need some clarification on these things…Can you better help me understand and what I need to ask the worker? I know someone who lives in NYC and they received a lump sum of what was owed to them for their child who is 6 too, and it was just a little under 5k. Plz help me better understand.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Nidrah,

          If you haven’t done so, give the dedicated account information to Social Security. Then if you have not received payment by late December, I suggest following up. My understanding is that even if the back pay is sent via check, it must be deposited to the dedicated account.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Lauren I says:

        My son got approved in February of this year. He has since gotten his back pay and they’ve started his social security monthly benefits as well which started in June. Will I get my next back pay amount this month since its been 6 months from June?? I keep checking my account and I haven’t seen anything yet. But he did receive his normal monthly benefits though.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Lauren,

          If you do not receive the second Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay installment by the end of December, follow up with your local Social Security office. (Note that the benefit you are describing is Supplemental Security Income, not Social Security.)

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Brandie says:

      HI,
      I applied for ssi for my son a few months ago, when i spoke to the examiner he said he was sending in his decision to the ss office as of 11/27/15 … as long as approved, how long would it take to receive the first check? and do you u usually get a back pay sum in the beginning?
      TIA Brandie

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Brandie,

        It can take from a couple weeks to a month or more to get the first check depending on the workload in the office and whether not you have earnings that have to be updated first. The monthly benefit will be released before the back pay.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  99. Is924@yahoo.com says:

    Court hearing was September the 17th, lawyer suggested I open a bank account also told me if I moved he could transfer it where ever I go. Lead me to believe the judge was in my favor. I’m not even sure I was approved. How long will it take before I know the courts decision? And will I receive checks immediately?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Is924,

      It sounds as if your attorney thinks you will be approved for benefits. The guideline is for judges to make a decision within sixty days of the hearing, but sometimes it takes longer. After you receive the hearing approval letter, it can take another month or two to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments started.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • DeeDee says:

        Hi Kay I’m very confused about my case I filed for SSI back in August 2015 and I received workers compensation but it got suspended..and I was awarded SSI they sent me an awards saying that I was but would not get it Because of wc…so I sent them proof tht it was suspended so now will I get my ssi

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear DeeDee,

          I think that you were awarded Social Security Disability (SSDI) and that your benefits were suspended due to workers compensation offset. Benefits should resume once the documentation you sent is processed, assuming that you did not receive a lump sum settlement from workers comp. If you did, the settlement would be prorated out into the future to a monthly offset amount, which could be less than the current offset.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • DeeDee says:

            Thanks Kay….oh Kay will I be approved for the social security supplement if I dnt have any income coming in and how long does it take for them to make a decision

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear DeeDee,

            You probably are not eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for any month in which you received workers comp. Accordingly, you may have been denied SSI when you applied due to excess income. I think, though I’m not sure, that you would have to have re-applied for SSI when the workers comp stopped in order to be paid SSI for the period between workers comp stopping and Social Security starting. I suggest that you ask your local office about the status of your SSI claim, if any.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • sheara says:

            I started receiving my son ssi in Aug along with back pay in a paper check a few days later I received my direct express card I was told that I would get the rest of his back pay in 6 months would be December I’m calling to check my pending deposit its only saying that his regular benefits for the month I pending will I get the back pay on the direct express card or another paper check

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Sheara,

            The back pay installments should come into the DirectExpress card, but keep an eye on the mailbox anyway.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  100. maria robles says:

    Hi I had applied for ssi for my daughter in august and I went to their interview and submitted all documents on October 30 2015 by november 9 I received her netspend card with no funds and I also received a letter for living arrangements for her and I called and they told me since she’s a minor I didn’t have to submit the form that she was going to put in the system living with others. So does this mean she is approved for ssi because she hasn’t seen any of their doctors yet and in the living arrangement letter it says someone in this address has been approved to receive benefits we need to confirm living arrangements. I have not received an official approval letter or even know what to expect and what are the steps its all new to me do you think she would get her benefits soon ?

    • maria robles says:

      BTW i live in new york idk if it will help finding an answer thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maria,

      I think that perhaps your daughter has been medically approved for SSI, perhaps presumptively with a final decision pending. I can’t be sure, however, because you I don’t know the purpose and content of the October 30 interview.

      With regard to the living arrangements, “living with others” usually means living arrangement “B” because someone other than a parent is paying for housing and/or food. If your daughter is living only with her parent(s) and minor siblings, she should be shown as living with parents in living arrangement “A.” I suggest that you talk with Social Security to be sure that they have the right household confirmation on file and the claim is coded with living arrangement A.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • maria robles says:

        The interview for October was to complete her application because I had originally requested and fill information online for ssi to start the initiql application i will check with them qbout the living arrangements i just dont know what to expect next from them

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Maria,

          I think either your daughter’s claim is still pending a medical decision or she has been presumptively approved for provisional temporary benefits until a full review and decision is made. Presumptive payments are made only if a person has a very serious condition and only for certain diagnoses. I suggest that you ask the status when you check about the living arrangements.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Stephanie says:

        Excuse me, i wanted to post a question. I have scrolled up and down this page and i dont see an option to post a question.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Stephanie,

          Post the question in the same place as you posted saying you couldn’t figure out where to post a question.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Sarah says:

        I filed in August and was approved for my 2 year old son in September. I have receive monthly payments. Is he entitled to that pay for September? He got his first check in October.

    • Stephanie says:

      My son was recently approved for ssi, I turned in my check stubs yesterday. When i spoke with my worker during my resource update she asked if i wanted to do the debit card. I agreed to, but do i need to go online to request one? Or is this something she takes care of as far as having it mailed out? Thanks in advance

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Stephanie,

        I think that on an initial claim, the Social Security office will request the card; however, I suggest that you call the local office or the call center at 1-800-772-1213 to double check.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  101. Arlene martin says:

    My two nieces both receive survivors benefits and I am their payee. According to the 2015 payment schedule It was supposed to be on their direct express card at midnight on november 10th since today is a holiday. It is still not on the card and there are no current pending deposits. Is there an issue with the cards at the moment? Is anyone else having this problem?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Arlene,

      If the money has not been deposited to the card by now, report the non-receipt to Social Security.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  102. Tim Joyner says:

    Hi, I have a question, I was approved for SSI this month and was told by person and letter that I will be starting payments Dec and my first instalment of back pay will be sent as of the 2nd of this month , now on Social Security.Gov it does say intial payment of $2199.00 was released the 2nd , I was just wondering how long by mail does it take for the check to come ? just worried someone might steal the check seeing I live a country mile away from my mail box and we have had mail stolen before. thanks in advanced .

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tim,

      You should receive the payment within five days; the actual time will depend on what part of the country you live in. I suggest that you set up a bank account right away so that future payments are sent electronically to your bank account.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Deon says:

      Hello, my name is Deon and I have a couple of questions concerning my disability. I received a letter stating that I was fully favorable for SSI & SSDI: also I was considered disabled as of December 2012 and I applied in May 2013, I then was contacted to come to my local office on Nov 3rd to go over my finances. I looked on the website and it said I would recieve my 1st SSI monthly check on December 1st. My question is when will I recieve my back pay for SSI & SSDI? How does receiving both SSI & SSDI work? Will I recieve anything this month?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Deon,

        Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is paid first. The SSI back pay is paid after the first monthly SSI benefit. The payout is in up to three installments six months apart. The first two cannot exceed $2,199 unless special circumstances apply. The first monthly Social Security (SSDI) is then paid, followed by the SSDI back pay in a single lump sum. The SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same months. It is unlikely that you will receive benefits this month; if you do, it will be a monthly SSI payment.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Deon says:

          Dear Kay,
          So I won’t recieve any SSDI until I recieve all of my SSI backpay??

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Deon,

            You will not receive any SSDI until your SSI monthly benefit has been issued and the schedule of SSI back pay has been set up; you will not have to wait for until all the SSI installments are paid.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  103. denita says:

    Hello my question is: I started receiving my son SSI benefits in October monthly but, the back pay amount is documented for 10k he has only received 2k thus far in back pay. How often is back pay distributed? Or did the rest of his back pay go to the state?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Denita,

      You should get a letter telling you how much of your son’s back pay has been or will be paid to reimburse the state public assistance you received. If there is additional money payable to your son, it will be released in additional installments six months apart.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  104. Diana says:

    We appealed a ssi cut off in March this year (our daughter was receiving payments and they did a redetermination and said she wasn’t disabled). We received a letter today from SSI that stated that a hearing was not necessary because our daughter was found to be disabled. What we’re wanting to find out is when should her ssi payments restart? We know she will get back pay in divided payments but we have no clue as to when the normal $700+ /mth payments will resume.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Diana,

      I suggest that if you are not contacted within a week that you inquire whether you have to have a financial update interview before benefits are reinstated. If so, try to get an appointment with your local office to provide the update. Take the reinstatement letter with you. If your daughter is an adult (eighteen or older), be prepared to provide a statement regarding how she covered her food and shelter expenses while her benefits were terminated. If she is a minor, take proof of your income and resources for the termination period. This information will be needed to determine how much she is eligible for now and in back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  105. Adrienne says:

    My question is that my son disability was stopped August 2014 and I appealed his case. I had the option to continue payments or have them stopped while they made a decision. I chose to have payments stop while i waited on a decision. They came to the reconsideration Oct 2015 that my sons disability never ended. So why is he not entitled to back pay if he disability never ended?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Adrienne,

      Your son should be eligible for benefits back to the first month benefits were stopped if he was financially eligible all those months. He will probably be asked to provide financial information for all the suspended months before payment is resumed.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  106. Jessica burns says:

    I just received a letter saying fully favorable I am confused what to do next. Please help!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      Your claim has been medically approved. The local Social Security office should contact you to update your financial information for the time since you initially filed your claim. If they have not contacted you within two weeks, contact them to request an SSI financial update interview.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Joannie mcgee says:

        I was sent an letter to come into office September 29 to update my information, when arriving,he says I was approval for ssi. He then told me the amount I will get every month, and also my back pay. He said he will release the funds in a couple days…I sign up for direct deposit… it’s middle October, still no funds…how long will it take? No approval letter hasn’t arrived either…

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Joannie,

          If you do not have benefits in about a week, follow up with the representative letting him know that he estimated you would receive payment during the first week of October and ask when he will realistically be able to complete work on your claim.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Joannie mcgee says:

            Thanks Kay! Do it typically takes a month for benefits? What could be the hold up??

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Joannie,

            It is not uncommon for it to take a month for benefits to start after the SSI update interview. Backlogged work is the primary reason for the delay.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Tinygurl15@yahoo.com says:

          Hi , the same thing happened to me . End of sept , I was told I’d start getting payments immeadiately. I just got a lump sum of 2199.00 today 10-23-15 ( by check)and she said that’s the most they can release at once . Plus I will get a check on Nov 1st as well..I still haven’t received a letter or anything.. She also said there’d be another lump sum in 6 months..

      • Michelle says:

        Hi,
        My daughter has recieved SSI since she was six months old. Severely disabled she is now 13.
        About a year or more ago her benefit amount was dropped to 479. Long story shorter I went into my local office after getting nowhere over the phone.
        The agent quickly saw that the system showed that my child was getting child support. She was not and the agent verified that right away.
        He said he could only go back two years. Which Im fine with and my daughter is in need of the money for her care.
        The agent said he woukd have to go back through manually because of how her file was set up.

        My questions
        How long will it take?

        If an overpayment is owed will the backpay be taken for that?

        Can I as her mom create an online account to see details?

        Thank you for any help.
        Michelle

        • Michelle says:

          I forgot to say that the agent originally thought he would be able to quickly make the adjustment for two years back.
          He was able to go in and change next months amount to the correct full benefit amount already but said that going back two years would be done manually because of something I dont understand.

          Id really like to get online access to the SSI account and stay updated that way but my child is only 13.

          Thanks again

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Michelle,

          You are your child’s representative payee so you can access any information that is available online. How long the representative needs to do the manual entries will depend on how many other claims were already in queque to be worked on before the issue with your daughter’s claim came to the representative’s attention. Given it is manual entries, I’d say give him a month before following up.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Michelle says:

            Thank you!
            Take care,
            Michelle

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Michelle.

          • Roxy says:

            Hi. Where do I go to access my son’s SSI status and updates. I am his representative payee. please help.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Roxy,

            You will have to contact Social Security by phone or in person. Payees cannot set up an online account for the beneficiary. You can get some answers through the central call center at 1-800-772-1213.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Shany says:

            I have a question I received some of my back pay in September 2, 2015 I want to know when will I receive my next back payment

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shany,

            SSI back benefits are paid in up to three installments six months apart. Your next installment is due in March. If you haven’t received it by the end of the month, follow up with your local office.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Elizabeth says:

        On my ssa account it says a one time payment of $2,199 was made on Friday 10/23/15 sent out by check. When can i expect my check?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Elizabeth,

          You should have received the check by now. If not and it doesn’t come by November 5, report non-receipt of payment to your local Social Security office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Deann says:

            Hi. I’m just wondering my son was approved for Ssi I did the financial update an they said I should get his back pay within 5-7 business days via mail. Is this true

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Deann,

            Some offices do get information processed quickly, so it is possible that you will receive the payment when they said.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Stacey says:

      My ssi online account says a one time payment of 2199 was paid out on 10/9/2015 does that mean it has been mailed out

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Stacey,

        If you have direct deposit or a DirectExpress card, it means the payment will go to your bank or on the card. If you do not, it means a check should have been mailed.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Skylab dever says:

      I was finally approved for disability and received my direct express card the first of October.. will my funds be posted this month or next?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Skylab,

        If your claim is for Supplemental Security Income, you might be paid this month. If the claim is only for Social Security it could take longer.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  107. Nikki says:

    I have direct express they processed my back pay today and I have gotten conflicting answers the rep at ssi stated it could be on card by in the morning someone else states a few days.. I know direct deposit is the fastest and most secure but how long does it actually take considering they typically process at night
    Thanks

  108. Keamadie Carter says:

    Hi my son got approved on the 9-14-15 ssi call me to sign the papers on the 1st of October when should i be reserving payment it’s October 8th now

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Keamadie,

      Benefits could start soon or it could be a month or more before benefits start. It will depend on workloads in the office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  109. SHEILA says:

    Hi, I have already start receiving my SSI payments, I call the office and the 800 #, both told me my packpay went to the state for general relief to get they pay. How long will that take for them to get theirs? My approval was in Feb of 2015, I got the letter telling me they paid my attorney, so now I’m just waiting for my first installment. How long will I have to keep waiting?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sheila,

      Did the representative tell you that part of your back benefits or all your back benefits were going to repay the public assistance you received while your SSI claim was pending. If you are unsure of the answer, I suggest that you call again because it is possible that you will not receive any back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  110. Quin says:

    Hi, I applied for SSI on 04/22/15 by phone interview for my 3 yr old child. On 08/19/15 I had to take him to a speech therapist that SSA paid for, on 09/12/15 my case worker called me & said he was approved & that she needed my check stubs from April until now & she asked me if everything was the same from when I applied. I faxed over my stubs on 09/15/15 & today I received a check in the mail. My question is this, would this be back pay or my 1st monthly payment? I never received an award letter stating how much we would get a month.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Quin,

      Usually the first check is the monthly payment, so possibly it is the September payment being paid late. You should get an award letter with payment amount and dates within a week to ten days of receiving the payment. You can also call the local office of the call center at 1-800-772-1213 and ask whether is the monthly check or back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • chris says:

        Hi my husband was told by the judge he was approved for his ssi,that was on 7/22/15 he had his interview with ssa on 9/1/15 when should my husband be expecting his first payment it’s been 5 years next month when he had applied

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Chris,

          I would expect his monthly checks to start with a week or two. If they don’t, follow-up with the local office. The first installment of back pay is usually paid out within a month of the monthly benefits starting.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  111. edith says:

    I was approved back in June and I have received my first check on Sept.1st for SSI and disablity but I have not received any back pay. I have contacted the national office and get a different answer every time I call them. My lawyer received her pay already. I received a letter stating what I was going to receive in back pay from disablity but have not received any thing from ssi . I am tired of getting a different answer every time I call the office no one can tell me any answers.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Edith,

      I suggest that you deal only with your local office while your back pay is pending because the national call center has access only to a computer record. If you haven’t received the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay by October 1, follow-up with your local office. Note that your Social Security back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  112. Betty says:

    i had a phone hearing with ALJ on july 9th ….He at the end deemed me disabled ..i know its official until I get the decision letter if I am approved…. thats my question? I have not received a decision letter yet..what could be taking so long…its been more then 60 days.

  113. Malique says:

    I have gotten a letter from SSI saying I was Approved . I went down to my local office Friday 09/04/15 the do some paper work and to be told I was going to be getting $733 a month & I was told I would be getting back pay all the way from 2012 . & my first back pay check will be here in 7-10 business days , Then when I call my local office and I speak to one of the workers I am Now being told something totally different . I was told they don’t even see a payment being sent out and I was told they didn’t even make a decision after I already got a Letter telling me i was approve.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Malique,

      I think that the second person you were talking to was just looking at a computer record. I would trust the detailed information that you got when you were in the office. If you haven’t received payment in another week, follow-up with the person you saw in the office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  114. aurora says:

    Hello. I was appoved for my son for ssi in July and have phone interview on July 28 they needed check stubs for may 2013 to current and I turned them in. I called the ssi office to see when my first check was coming and they said my case was locked for pay they could find my august stubs.my worker said to bring them yesterday and bank info she said she was going to process everything. When should I receive my sons first ssi check. Thanks

  115. lupe says:

    Hello i have a question my sons case was locked for payment because they couldn’t find my august paystubs and I called yesterday september 7 2015 and worker said to bring them in I have them to her and my bank info when should I expect and check direct deposit and award letter thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lupe,

      The payment will be reduced as soon as the representative completes the review and computer inputs for your son’s claim. Depending on how many months have to be posted and how busy the office is, payment could be reinstated with a week or it could be much longer. If you have not received payment within two weeks of submitting the documentation, I suggest following up with the local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Michelle says:

        My son was approve in august got first check in September I open savings for back pay he hasn’t receive it yet

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Michelle,

          If you haven’t received the back pay by October 1, follow-up with your local Social Security office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Celena says:

            My son received one part of his back pay on February 24 it’s now 6 mos.later when will he receive the next payment

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Celena,

            If your son does not receive the next installment of his back pay by the end of August, follow up with the local office.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  116. Comina Massey says:

    Dear Kay, I received a letter from the alj dated 8/17/15 saying that my daughter(who is 10) was found fully favorable I appealed her Ssi case for 2 1/2 years. My local office called me to get some information about people in the home,my car and he wanted to know if the bank account was still open from2 1/2 years ago. I answered all of his questions and that was the end of his conversation, he never asked me about a dedicated account for my daughter which I have. It’s been about a week since I had that phone interview. So I wanted to know why didn’t he get that information from me and how long does it usually take for them to send the first installment check. He has all of the information cause my local office was able to tell me that she will get her first payment October 1st of 697.00 but thats not the lump sum payment.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Comina,

      The first installment of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back payments is usually paid within a month after the first monthly payment is issued. I am not sure what information he didn’t get from you. You seem to be talking about the dedicated account; however, you also said he asked if you still had the account open. In any event, if you think he didn’t get information that is needed to calculate your daughter’s back pay, I suggest that you contact him and offer it just in case.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  117. Robert B Crockett says:

    I have been approved for ssdi . My back pay will go back to May 2012. My question is this; My son turned 18 on June 5, 2015 is he eligible for back payments for may 2012 to june 2015? If so, what does he need to do to get it…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Robert,

      Assuming that your work earnings have been high enough to pay dependent benefits and that you listed your son as a dependent on your application, his benefits will go back and start at the same time as yours. The money will be paid to him because he is over eighteen. Check with the Social Security Adminsitration, but I believe all he needs to do is to provide Social Security with his birth certificate to show relationship and his current address. Note that if he is still in high school, he can receive benefits until he turns nineteen or graduates, whichever is first.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Keiara says:

        Hi, My daughter got approve for ssi July 9,2015 on September 9 2015 the lady said she process the back payment. So how much longer it take to get it

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Keiara,

          Based on the information you are providing, I would expect that you would receive payment by about the 16th to the 20th of this month.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Robert B Crockett says:

        Hi Kay! I have one more question; It is my understanding that SSDI back pay is given in one lump sum. My first monthly payment was September 3rd.I received approximately 25% of my back pay today on my direct express card and tomorrow will receive my October monthly payment. Is SSDI back pay sometimes given out in payments ?Thank you for your help ..

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Robert,

          If you received $2,199 in back pay, that amount is the first installment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay. SSI back pay installments are paid six months apart unless you will no longer be eligible for SSI when your Social Security (SSDI) starts in which case you can request release of the entire amount. The SSDI back pay will be paid in a single lump sum and it will be reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  118. Jessica says:

    Hi i got approved for my ssi in February and it took some time to get information over there about my living situation upto date.so finally gotten take care of and they owe me alot of money on back pay. .but my question is i first received my first ssi check on july 31 2015 and i didnt get my back pay yet..i call them they said they dont know what going on and in 45 days i should call back..i been waiting for months now im only receive ssi that it.so how long should i wait and when should i expect to receive my first back pay check?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back benefits are paid after monthly benefits start. Your July 31 payment was probably for the month of August. You should receive the first installment of back pay by the end of September. (SSI back benefits are paid in up to three installments with the first two not exceeding $2,199 each.) The local office processes SSI payments so they should know what is going on.

      If you really are inquiring about Social Security Disability (known as SDD or SSDI), then a centralized payment center, not the local office, releases payment and the local office has no control over the timing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Natalie says:

      I’ve been approved disability but in the meantime SSI called and I updated my info and they were able to pay me some backpay and my monthly payment. I was told that once disability is setup then rest of my SSI back pay will kick out to me.
      Is there a way to get it faster? I know disability can take 1-3 months.

      • Natalie says:

        I’m behind on lots of bills. I have a letter from mortgage that I could b put n default for being months behind. Could I send that to SSI or SSDI to get rest of $$.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Natalie,

          This response is to both your posts. Yes, you should be able to take the letter from the mortgage company to Social Security and request all of your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay up to the amount needed to bring your mortgage current.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Rita says:

        Hi, my question is about the fact I haven’t been able to work since 2009 and I completed the phone interview on October 15, 2015, my attorney says I will be reviewing a large back pay amount, I have been reading allot of these past and was wondering if they do approve my ssi could the back payment be larger than the 2,199 that you have started most people get for the first two payments or could they pay larger sums? And how long do I have to wait taking in the consideration of my illnesses that could possibly end my life at any moment. My pancreas is calcifying….

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Rita,

          If you are approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), whether or not the SSI back pay will exceed $2,199 depends on how long it takes to get a decision and on the monthly amount you are eligible for. If you started your application in October, SSI benefits will begin to accrue with November.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  119. Anastasia Wishon says:

    Kay,
    My daughter was recently approved and we received her first check in the mail yesterday, along with the award letter. The backpay amount is listed, but under ” Information About “xxxxxx x. xxxxxxxx” SSI Payments it states “We will be in touch with you about back payments” what does that exactly mean?
    The representative I spoke to before we received the letter or check said that the backpy amount was listed but no date was listed, he said that was unusual.. So I am just a little worried.
    – See more at: http://www.disabilityadvisor.com/ssi-approval/#.dpuf

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Anastasia,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is usually released after the monthly SSI benefits start. Apparently, the calculation and release of the back pay has not yet been authorized. If you don’t receive the back pay within two weeks, I suggest following up. If your daughter is a minor, her back pay may have to go to a dedicated account with restricted usage. You can read about dedicated accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  120. Andrea says:

    Hi my son was approved from ssi on july 20th , n he received his first check on august 1 ,today i received his second check my question is what happen to his back pay i havent received anything yet how long can it take to be received??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Andrea,

      I would expect your son’s back pay to arrive sometime in September. If you don’t receive it, I suggest that you call your local office to inquire. Note that if your son is a minor, the back pay may have to be deposited to a dedicated account with restricted use. You can learn more about dedicated accounts at https://www.socialsecurity.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Austin Genay says:

        Hello kay, i have a question. I was layed off my job in 2013 due to my disability. I started going to therapy this year and recently applyed for SSD & SSI july 14th. I had my phone interview for SSI on the 28th of july. SSD contacted me and said that they got my paperwork and also my ssi application. Witch there going to put everything together and that i worked enough credits for SSD and that there reviewing all my information. That was on the 1st of September. How long do i have to wait for an approval or a denial? Or for them to reach out to me with a decision on if i got approved or not?

      • Shelly says:

        My son just receive first check I turn in info for dedicated account how long will take get his backpay a d will I be able buy us vehicle with it since we don’t have one

        • Shelly says:

          How long it take get backpay after I turn info in at local office for my son

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shelly,

            The time frame to get monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) started and back pay issued, which is after the monthly paymen, varies depending on how much work the claim requires and how big a work backlog, if any, the office has. It can take a week or more than a month for the first payment to be issued and around the same additional amount of time for the back pay.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shelly,

          Use of the money deposited to the dedicated account is restricted to certain uses. To you it for anything thing else, you have to get permission from the Social Security Administration. You can petition to use some of the money deposited into the dedicated account to purchase a car if a car is needed to get your son to medical appointments. You can read more about SSI dedicated accounts for disabled minors at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  121. edith says:

    I was aprroved back in June for disablity and I have received phones calls from ssi and disablity wanting my bank information. I received the award letter stating that my monthly benefit will appear on the first and the third of each month. My lawyer was paid on July 30 but I have not received a offset letter yet from SSI stating what my back pay will be. When should I be receiving this letter or back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Edith,

      If Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is more than $2,199, it is paid in installments six months apart. The first installment of the back pay will probably be paid within a month. The Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay will take another couple months or more after that, and it will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Betty says:

        Hi my son was approved from ssi on july 20th , n he received his first check on august 1 ,today i received his second check my question is what happen to his back pay i havent received anything yet how long can it take to be received??

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Betty,

          Back pay is usually paid after the monthly benefits start and it should be released within a month. If you don’t receive it in September, contact your local office. Also note that if your son is a minor, his back pay may have to go to a dedicated account with restricted uses. You can read about dedicated accounts at https://www.socialsecurity.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Shirley says:

        Hi, I’m my son payee and I applied for SSID for my son on 3/27/2015 and his case worker called me on 8/27/2015 and told me he has been approved and that the first payment will be a check and thirty days from then I should be receiving his debit card . How long will it take for me to start receiving his payment ? And would I receive any back payments for him ?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shirley,

          It sounds as if the representative is actively working on your son’s claim, but I can’t say when the first payment will be released. A Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim filed on March 27, 2015 will result in benefits starting April 2015, so there will be some back pay. It will be paid after the monthly benefits start.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  122. Liv says:

    Hi I am receiving my first back payment for SSI. It was released from SSI on August 19, 2015. How long does it typically take before this first payment will be deposited into my bank account?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Liv,

      You should receive the deposit in about three to four business days, during which overnight computer runs pass the payment through the banking system.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  123. Mike says:

    Hi, Kay,
    I rec’d an award letter dated 13 Aug saying I am eligible for SSI from 2/15 thru 8/15 but since I also am eligible for SSDI the SSI will be discontinued after the lump-sum payment of $5K. A 2nd letter rec’d the same day said I would get an SSDI check on 9 Sep and each month thereafter as well. 2 questions, 1st, any idea when the SSI lump will arrive, and 2nd, I rec’d a Direct Express card along with the other 2 letters, will the SSI and the SSDI benefits both appear on the same DE card? [I also have a valid EPPICARD]
    Thanks for your time and help!
    Mike

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mike,

      I would expect you to receive the SSI payment within a week to ten days. Both benefits are likely to be paid to the same card.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Sabelo says:

        I want my claim that I have received on 17 august 2015

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Sabelo,

          I think you may not have finished your post. If you have a question, please post it; so I can attempt to respond.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Deriana ingram says:

            Hi my name is deriana.. I was approved for ssi disability earlier this month. I handled all of the necessary procedures to get payments started. I will start receiving regular payments in October but I was told that my first back pay installment would be received in 3-5 business days because I have direct express.. But I called direct express & I was asked when did I set up my account & I told him august 19 & he said that I would most likely receive a paper check.. My question to you is how will I be paid?? Direct express or paper check & how long will it take?? I was told 3-5 business days on the 25th of august so today makes it 4 days & there has been no deposits made on my card & there is none pending.. Thank you in advanc

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Deriana,

            It sounds as if the timing of the release of your payment and the setting up of the DirectExpress card is very close. For that reason, you may not be able to tell how the benefits will arrive before they do. Check the card and your mailbox daily. If the benefits have to be mailed, allow a few more days than the three to five you were told for DirectExpress deposit.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Shelly says:

        Will backpay come on Direct express card

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shelly,

          Once payment starts on DirectExpress all payments will be made to the card including back pay.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Shelly says:

            My award letter said payment ts start in September but my worker told me October but paclpay being pay thru august so when first check start

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shelly,

            If you have been approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and not Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the September benefit will be paid in October, the October benefit in November, and so on. If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the letter says benefits start in September, then I would trust the letter that it will start in September.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  124. Ana says:

    Hi, My question is that I was told that my son can receive sis benefits. So I applied for him , had a phone interview and took in all the documents need to ssi. I applied on July 27 2015 how long will I have an answer . my son was diagnose with cebreal palsy .

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ana,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) initial claims typically take two to five months for a medical decision and another month or more for payment to start.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • amber fisk says:

        Hey I was wondering my daughter received 30 a month she got out the hospital on December the first and I took the paper work and also spoke to someone they told us they was going to update her case so she can receive the rest of her check for this month but that has not happen I also call the lady working on her case and the 1808 number but they keep telling me it has not been updated how long do it takes this will be two weeks and a half

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Amber,

          How long your daughter will have to wait depends on the workloads in her servicing office. If she does not have payment within about three weeks of making the report, follow up with the local office and try to contact the person handling her case to inquire when she can get to it.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Shelly says:

      Myvaward letter said starting in sept I get check but I didn’t get nothing on card. So will my payments start in October that is when local told me at my interview

  125. Lynetta Jackson says:

    OK question I did a phone interview today with SSI and I was wondering the lady said at the end that she is sending everything straight to Austin is that how it goes?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lynetta,

      Based on the information you have provided, my understanding is that you are just now applying for benefits and that your claim is being sent to the Austin, Texas Disability Determination Services, which Social Security has contracte to review the medical information for your claim and to determine whether you are disabled as defined by Social Security law.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Keana Frazier says:

        Hi. My question is that my son receives benefits from his father. I recently applied for his own benefits for his disability. If approved, will he still be able to receive his benefits and ssi. Also, will he receive his own back pay?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Keana,

          Please provide some additional information so I can respond.
          1. How old is your son? Is he getting benefits on his father’s record as a minor or as a disabled adult child?
          2. How much is he receiving now?
          3. What do you mean by “his own benefits”? Has he worked and become insured for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits? Or do you mean that you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for him based on disability?

          Thank you,
          Kay

          • Keana Frazier says:

            My son is 5 and I applied for his own benefits through ssi. He receives benefits from his father being disabled of 604 a month. If approved, will he still be able to receive those benefits to? Will he get back pay for his own benefits?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Keana,

            If your son is medically approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), he will continue to receive dependent benefits on his father’s Social Security earnings record. His $604 will be considered in determining and his financial eligibility for SSI and his SSI payment amount. If your income is low enough that none is deemed to your son (considered available for his support), his federal SSI will be $149. If he lives in a state that has an SSI state supplement, a small supplement might also be paid.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Austin Genay says:

            Hi kay, i have a question. I got laid off of work in 2013 due to my disability. I started going to therapy and applyed for ssd and ssi july 14th. I had my interview on the 28th of july for ssi. Ssd contacted me saying they got all my information and also my ssi information so it will be all together. How long do i have to wait for a decision?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Austin,

            The dates in your question are not clear to me because the two July dates lack years; however, I can give you the general information that disability decisions typically take about two to five months.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  126. yulmary says:

    I have a question was approved for ssi may 28th, 2015 I received the alj letter dated July 8th , 2015 my attorney told me I need to speak to someone at the ss office something about a perk interview no clue what that is she said something about resources any who I called the ss office was told my claim is pending / processing I was told by one csr there is nothing about an interview on my record I just called today and was told it’s still processing and that someone will contact me about the interview when they can my question is how long will all this take and when can I expect payment? I’m struggling have to buy my kids school uniforms etc and my bills are piling up my husband works but it is not enough can you help me?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Yulmary,

      Usually an interview to go over your family’s income and resources is scheduled within two to three weeks after you receive the judge’s approval letter. I suggest that you call the local office again and ask that an interview date be set up for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • michelle says:

        Hey I have been approve for ssi and they sent me out a check in the 10Aug when will receive it? It’s for my first installment

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Michelle,

          You should receive the payment within five to seven days after they said it was sent. If it is not received in twelve days you can report non-receipt of payment.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  127. Kiki says:

    Hello,
    I finally had gotten an Award letter for my daughter’s disability and was told that I had to wait 10 to 14 days for the backpay check to come in the mail. Is it possible if the backpay check could come earlier in the mail. I did set up direct deposit already after the award letter. The representative said it was too late to allow the back pay to be put into direct deposit.

  128. Andrea Browne says:

    I’m just curious I started my son’s SSI claim back in April. Last week I went into the local office and did paperwork to be the representative for his payments. They told me he will be getting SSI just did not tell me how much. His medical has already been switched and my food stamps cut over half now.. how long does it take to get the award letter & the first check?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Andrea,

      I would say that you should see benefits at least by September 1. The back pay will be paid after that. Usually the award letter comes shortly after the benefits are received.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • jessica says:

        My son was approved for his ssi on the 27 and his worker said the back pay check has been sent out. About how long does it take to receive the check?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jessica,

          If a paper check was sent, deliver time depends on where in the country your son lives, but I would think about five days would be the longest.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Crystal T says:

        Hi I was late on requesting for a continue of ssi payments with reasonable cause. Once the worker update my information, how long would it take to start back receiving pay? Also I applied back in 2009 & was denied so I got an attorney & we went before the judge & was denied. I was told to go back down to Social Security & apply for the third time & was approved in 2011, was I suppose to receive back pay from the the first time of applying? Because I only got back pay from the third time of apply (which only took them a month to make their decision the third time around.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Crystal,

          Once the worker inputs the updated information into the computer and authorizes a payment calculation, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay will be released immediately. When you were approved, your back pay was correctly paid based only on your most recent application.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • bbonita says:

        How many days does it usually take by mail to get the first deposit they said it was sent bu mail on The 2nd

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Bonita,

          It depends on where you live in the country, but the mail probably will not take longer than five days. (Note that the 2nd is a Sunday so it probably didn’t go out till Monday, the 3rd.)

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  129. Tiffany says:

    I need some help my daughter was approved for SSI and the approval letter said that she was approved for monthly money and she had back pay coming. Well the back pay has come and it is now the first of the month when she is supposed to get her first check and there is nothing deposited on the direct express card. Why is it there is nothing there I don’t understand if I would have known it wasn’t gonna be there I would have kept some of the back pay instead of paying of so many of her bills now I have nothing to get her the rest of what she needs for school coming up. Any insight would be great.
    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tiffany,

      Depending on the timing of the back payment, it might have included the August payment. I suggest that you call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to find out the dates that the payment covered and to see if your daughter is set up for a September 1 payment. If not, you might inquire whether she is being switched to Social Security disability. If not, can they tell you the reason for the termination. (Note that award letters usually come a week to ten days after the payment.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  130. Roy Malachi says:

    Hello Kay,

    I have a few questions. I was approved for SSI today my attorney called and said the judge found me disabled as of February 2012. Should I contact Social Security about some kind of interview that I’ve been reading about? Do you happen to know how much I’ll be receiving a month? I haven’t worked I don’t receive any kind of help and I don’t have any assets and I live with my mom who is also on disability. Will any of that affect me? My next question is when I get my first backpay check will I also recieve my SSI check? How much of backpay will I get every six montths for the 3 installments? And lastly, will I be able to go back to college like an actual university while on SSI? Do I have to wait for a while to go back to college?
    Sorry for all the questions and thanks for taking the time to answer them!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Roy,

      If your attorney has received the judge’s approval letter, then I suggest that you call Social Security to request an appointment to provide a financial update so that your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can be calculated and paid. The maximum amount released in each of the first two back-pay installments is $2,199.

      Your benefit may be $488 a month if you are receiving free housing or free housing and food from your mother. Once you get your back pay, if you start to pay one-half of the rent or mortgage and utility costs (excluding phone and cable), your benefit can increase to $733 a month.

      You can return to school. If you get grants or do work-study, report the income to Social Security so they can determine whether the income affects your SSI or is excluded from counting. If you are under age twenty-two and a student with a twelve-hour course schedule, under the SSI Student Income Exclusion, you can work and earn $1,780 a month with a $7,180 annual limit and not have it affect your SSI benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Roy Malachi says:

        Hello Kay,

        Thanks for the response! My mom and I talked and I’ll be paying about $450 in rent including utilities. Will that affect my income with SSI? I’ll be getting about $600+ from SSI I already went to the interview but didn’t tell them about rent since my mother and I were still talking about it. She is also on disability but on SSDI.
        I’m 24, if I get a pell grant would that affect my income? I know student loans wouldn’t harm my SSI. I’m planning on going to a community college this semester.
        Last question, am I able to save the money after all my bills have been paid off or do I need to spend all the money before my next check?
        Thank you!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Roy,

          As soon as you start to pay rent, take a letter from your mother that you have begun paying a flat $450 for room and utilities as a renter and that you are buying your own food. If $450 is fair market value for a room, then your SSI will increase to $733 a month. You do not have to spend all the money you receive in a month. You can have $2,000 countable resources saved up. (SSI back pay does not count toward the $2,000 resource limit until nine months after you receive it.)

          Scholarships and grants are not income if they are used for tuition, fees, and books. If you plan to use any of the PELL grant for living expenses, check with Social Security to see if that grant is completely excluded under federal statute from counting or excluded only if used for school expenses.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Matthew k. says:

            Dear Kay, I just got approved today for both ssi & ssdi how soon will I get paid from ssi? If my they said I need a payee can I be my own payee if I told the office Because I’m 25 and hope I’ll be able to. My on set date is also June 2013 … How much will I receive? Thank You!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Matthew,

            I suggest that you discuss being your own payee with your physician. If the physician agrees that you are capable of managing your money, paying for your basic needs including rent, utilities, and food before buying anything else, you can ask the doctor to make a written statement about your capability. Then you c