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

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Learn about factors that affect how fast you will get your SSI back pay after an SSI approval, and when and how you will receive your ongoing SSI payments.

An Interview is Required Before Payment
How long it takes to get payment started after you have been approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits depends on multiple variables including how complicated your circumstances are, how much time passes between your application and approval, and how busy and far behind in their work your local Social Security office is at the time of your approval.

SSI is a needs-based assistance program. This means that in addition to being disabled or age sixty-five, to get SSI, your countable income (money coming in during a month) and resources (what you own) have to fall within the SSI limits. When you first apply for SSI, the application form screens your financial eligibility and a decision is made based on your statements as to whether or not you qualify financially for SSI. If you do qualify financially, a medical review is requested.

Once you are approved medically and are found to be disabled, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has to make a formal determination that you are financially eligible. Two things are involved in making the determination—reviewing your financial eligibility for each individual month since you applied, and requesting and receiving  your documents that prove the amount of your income and assets. Because one type of countable income is in-kind (non-cash) income in the form of free or partially free shelter and food, SSA also reviews your living arrangements for each month. Living arrangements means where you live, who you live with, and who pays the shelter and food costs for the individuals living in the same dwelling unit with you.

After the medical approval, your closest Social Security office will either call you or send you a letter to set up an appointment for an interview to review all these eligibility factors going back to the date of your application. The interview will be either in person or by telephone. At the interview you may be asked to provide bank statements, proof of income, rental agreements, mortgage papers, or a statement from a relative in whose home you live.

It is easy to see that the more months that have to be reviewed since you applied and the more changes in income, resources, and living arrangements you have (i.e., the more complicated your specific situation is), the longer the review and processing time will be before benefits are calculated and payment is authorized. This means that, on average, a person who has been approved in a hearing appeal two years or more after application is likely to wait longer for benefits to start than someone who has been approved on initial application three or four months after filing.

Paying Back Public Assistance
Another factor that can add to how long you receive payment is having received state-funded interim assistance while you were waiting for your SSI claim to be processed. If you received certain interim cash assistance from a state, SSA must use part of your back pay to reimburse the state for the assistance it provided you. Note that when you signed up for the state assistance, you would have signed papers agreeing to this reimbursement. Although most of the time, the information is gathered quickly from the state, occasionally there will be a delay in getting the information transmitted to SSA, thus extending processing time.

Windfall Offset
A windfall offset occurs when a person is eligible for two federal disability benefits for the same period of time. Windfall offset means that one benefit will be reduced by the amount of the other that has been paid or is scheduled to be paid for the same month(s). Windfall offset applies to people who are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI back pay for the same months. The offset is used to keep people from getting more benefits than they would have if both SSI and Social Security had been paid on time in the months for which they were due. Usually, SSI is paid in full or scheduled to be paid in installments (see below), and then the SSDI back-pay benefits are reduced by the amount of the SSI payable for the same months.

In the rare case that your Social Security Disability back pay is released to you before SSI is released and is released 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 those months to protect retroactive Medicaid eligibility.

How Much Back Pay Will I Get
SSI back pay never includes retroactive benefits, that is, SSI does not pay for benefits for months before the month of application. Benefits will begin the month following the month of application unless you applied on the first of the month, in which case benefits begin with the month of application. Back pay ends the month before the first monthly benefit is paid. The amount you receive will depend on how many months there are between when benefits start to accrue and when your monthly SSI starts and on how much you are eligible for each month based on your countable income.

Back Pay Installments
If your SSI back pay is larger than three times the SSI Federal Benefit (FBR), which in 2017 was three times $735 ($2205), your back pay will be paid out to you in three installments or less, each six months apart. The first two will not exceed three times the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR); the final installment will pay the remainder due. Three exceptions will allow you to have more than single installment released at one time: 1) 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; 2) you are no longer ineligible for SSI and it is expected you will remain ineligible for twelve months. The most common occurrence of this is when SSI stops because SSDI starts and your monthly SSDI is too high for continuing SSI eligibility; and 3) you have an urgent need to have all or an increased amount of your back pay released early. For example, if you need the money to pay the down payment on a house or to buy a car for medical transportation, or to catch up past-due rent or mortgage to avoid eviction or foreclosure, or to pay past-due medical bills or to pay for needed medical care, you may be successful in getting additional funds released before the installment due dates. If any of these circumstances apply to you, you can submit a petition for release of funds. Be prepared to provide documentation of the dollar amount needed such as past-due notices and written estimates.

First Payments and Ongoing Monthly SSI Payment Dates
Once the local office has 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 process the information into your computer record, authorize monthly payments to start, and trigger issuance of the first installment payment. Occasionally, the back-pay installment will be paid first, but usually it is paid within a week to a month after the monthly benefit is set up.

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
Sometimes SSI recipients receive their first monthly payments in a check mailed to them; however, ongoing benefits will not be paid by check. For the past several years, the government has required 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 after your SSI approval.

For information about income, resources, living arrangements, and SSI payment calculations, visit DisabilityAdvisor.com’s other SSI articles such as How Does the Social Security Administration Decide How Much SSI to Pay Me When I Get an SSI Approval? You can find all the SSI articles under the “SSI Benefits” button in the drop-down menu of the “Social Security Disability/SSI” tab at the top of this webpage.

How long after my SSI approval will I have to wait to get my SSI back pay?
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  • Dear Lisa,
    You will need to report to Social Security that the payment has not been received. They will stop payment on that check and re issue the payment. It can take up to thirty days to receive the replacement check. If you have a financial emergency for food and shelter Social Security may be able to issue the check immediately. You would have to go into the office and provide proof of your financial emergency. An example would be if you would be evicted from your residence and you are able to provide the eviction notice. They only issue these payments on a very limited basis, but you can go to the office and request an immediate payment.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Andrea,
    It may take an additional thirty days for Social Security to release the remaining balance of your husband’s back pay. If the back pay isn’t released within thirty days contact your local Social Security office for status.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Alex,

    Typically DirectExpress cards are not issued until a medical approval has occurred, although there have been reports of some exceptions. At any rate, you should be getting that mail soon and you will know.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Cadondra,

    Yes, you can visit the local office and ask to see a supervisor.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear John,

    You are converting resources in the form of belongs into cash, you are changing the form of the resource, not producing income, so your selling things will not reduce your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Accordingly, submitting receipts will not reduce your benefits.

    SSI is calculated month by month based on the income that you have in each month. This applies to back pay months. If your Ebay receipts are enough in any month to cover the utility bills, in that month you would not be charged with undeclared income and your benefit would be higher. Also submit your utility bills if they show you are in any arrears. Lastly, if you have any online record of the Craig’s List sales such as the ads you posted or email correspondence with buyers, you could submit those as well that show the sale price. At least make up a list of what you sold on Craig’s List and the amount it was sold for and the month.

    Also, as soon as you get your back pay, hopefully you will have money to cover the utilities and if you are paid at the lower rate for current months, you can request an increase based on having SSI income to cover your own expenses.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tracey,
    You representative payee should set up an account showing you as the owner and the payee as the agent. After this information is provided to Social Security your benefits will be deposited directly into that account. Your payee must use your benefits for your day-to-day needs for food and shelter, medical care, dental care, and personal needs (clothing and recreation). Social Security will require your payee to complete a payee accounting explaining how the money was used. If it has been ninety days since your have completed the paperwork, you may want to contact your local office to determine the status of your benefits. The first check can come any day of the month.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

    First, you must take care of the beneficiary’s day-to-day needs for food and shelter. Then, you must use the money for the beneficiary’s medical and dental care
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    that’s not covered by health insurance. You can also pay for the beneficiary’s personal needs, such as clothing and recreation. You must save any money left after
    you pay for the beneficiary’s needs, preferably in an interest-bearing account or U.S. Savings Bonds.

  • Dear KB,

    If you applied for Social Security retirement benefits, I would expect you would receive benefits in October.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Ghwizard,
    If your sister didn’t receive a letter explaining why Social Security released $16,000.00, she should contact her local Social Security office to get clarification of the $16,000 payment. Was it a partial SSDI back payment or was it the full amount of SSI back pay due her? If it was SSDI, she should ask the local office to contact the payment center for status on the rest of her back payment and she can also request her SSI back payment to be released because she is no longer eligible for SSI due to her SSDI payment. If she does not get the help she needs from the representative she is speaking to, your sister can also ask to speak to a supervisor and find out why it is taking so long to process her claim.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Yvonne,

    If you were given a bench approval (verbal approval at the hearing) and you have not received a formal, written medical approval letter, allow sixty days. If you do not receive a letter by then, I suggest calling the hearing office and asking where your claim is in the post-hearing appeal process. After you have received the written approval, how long you will wait for payment depends on the type(s) of benefits for which you were approved.

    If you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), your SSDI claim will be sent to a central payment center, where they will double check that you were insured on your established date of disability; calculate your benefit amount applying any offsets you might have, such as SSI (see below), workers compensation, or public pension; and authorize payment. This can take two months or more from the date of the decision letter. Back pay is typically paid a month or more after the first monthly benefit.

    If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your local Social Security office will calculate and authorize SSI payments. Before payment can be calculated, a financial update will be needed from you. The office will contact you for an update interview. Usually you will be paid within a month of the update interview and submission of any requested documents.

    If you were approved for both benefits, the SSDI benefit calculation will be deferred until the SSI calculation has been completed and will start a month to two months after SSI processing has been completed. SSDI back benefits will be reduced by the amount of SSI benefits payable for the months in which your SSDI and SSI eligibility overlaps.

    Typically SSI back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart and the first two will not exceed $2,205. However, if after your Social Security starts, you are no longer eligible for SSI due to your ongoing SSDI benefit or you are expected to be ineligible for twelve months due to another reason or your disability is expected to result in death within twelve months, you can request the remaining SSI installments to be released as soon as the SSDI starts.

    Even if your SSI will continue with monthly benefits, if you have a compelling need for more than the initial installment, you may also be able to get early release of part or all of later installments. For example, if you need the money to pay the down payment on a house or to buy a car for medical transportation, or to catch up past-due rent or mortgage to avoid eviction or foreclosure, or to pay past-due medical bills or to pay for needed medical care, you may be successful in getting additional funds released before the installment due dates. If any of these circumstances apply to you, you can submit a petition for release of funds. Be prepared to provide documentation of the dollar amount needed such as past-due notices and written estimates.

    You were likely approved with a disability onset date of when you turned fifty because the guidelines that determine whether or not you can work in a new occupation become less strict when your reach age fifty .(They also become less strict at age fifty-five).

  • Dear Areshia,

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

    Thank you,
    Kay

  • Dear Crystal,
    If you only applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your son two weeks ago, the medical decision hasn’t been made. Your son probably is eligible for presumptive disability payments based on his disability. That means in most cases the diagnosis for son would result in an approval. Social Security will pay your son for six months and if the medical decision hasn’t been made at that time, the benefits will stop until the final decision is made. Until you receive an official award notice you can never be sure of the decision. The debit card should be received soon, but if you don’t have it within another five days, contact your local Social Security office to determine if one was requested for your son.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Crystal,

    If you are saying that the DDS examiner who is working on your claim said that you will get a check soon, then that would seem to indicate that he has been approved for SSI.

    Sincerely,
    Disability Adviser

  • Dear Andrea,
    I agree ten months is a long time to be waiting. Contact your Congressman and hopefully you can get some information about your claim.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Fido5601,
    If the phone interview you had , was for the financial update on your son’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, his benefits should start within thirty days from the date all requested documentation was provided. Your son’s award notice will be sent at the same time.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Ashley,
    Supplemental Security Income payments will be paid in installments, if your back payment is more than $2205.00. You can request an increase to your installment if you need a car for medical transportation. Submit a petition for release of funds to your local Social Security and provide documentation of the dollar amount needed such as a written estimate and why you are requesting the money. Social Security will send you a written notification of the decision.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Ashley,

    Each month of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is calculated separately. The months you were in Wisconsin will be calculated based on your living arrangements in Wisconsin, so you should be eligible for the state supplement for those months.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Patti,

    The third payment should be six months after when the second installment was due from after it was actually paid. If you do not receive it by the end of September, again contact the office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Cokenia,

    No, the second installment will not necessarily be paid on the same day of the month as the first installment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Cokenia,

    The back pay and monthly benefit will likely come on different days. The monthly benefit is likely to be paid on the day it is usually due.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Bingot Soriano

    My son is 19 yrs old and autistic . We have filed SSI since last year when he turned 18 but he just started receiving $490 this month and not $735 as we expected. When will he received back payments ? How can he receive $735? He is living with us and they subtracted food and shelter from $735 thus they have determined he should get only $490/month.

    • Dear Bingot,

      Your son should get the first installment of his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay within thirty days. When he receives the funds he can either pay fair market value (FMV) for room and board as a renter/roomer in your home or pay his share of household expenses as a member of your household.

      Your son’s share is the total shelter expenses (and food expenses if you share food) divided by the number of people in the household regardless of age. 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.

      Fair market value for food would reasonably be the maximum food stamp grant for one person, which is $194.00. 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 FMV 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 and/or by choosing your state and county on the federal HUD website at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/fmr/fmr_il_history/select_Geography.odn. The site will not list rooms, but it will list studio or efficiency (one-room) apartments. A room in a house would probably cost about half of that amount.

      Once he starts paying his share, his SSI benefits will be increased to $735 two months later.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dear Lee,

    If the Treasury Department has been notified to release payment, you should have payment within about a week or less. Note that money paid to a Dedicated Account is restricted in use. You can use the funds for expenses related to your child’s disability or for vocational training. The funds cannot be used for shelter, food, clothing, or other routine expenses with the exception of keeping your child from becoming homeless or malnutritioned. Even then, you must get advance approval for such use. You can read more about how to handle the funds in the Dedicated Account at https://www.ssa.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Cokenia,

    It is correct that you do not have to complete paperwork to have the next installment of your child’s benefits released. At the present time there is no reason to question the representative’s saying that the computer work had been done to release benefits.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Larry,

    If your request for advance payment of your SSI back pay is approved, you should receive the funds within thirty days.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Larry,
    It can take up to thirty days to process a request for additional funds from your backpay. If you haven’t heard anything within that time limit contact your local Social Security Office for status.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear RJ,
    A family with 2 children (1 ineligible with income and 1 eligible child) and two parents living in the home can earn up to $3801.00 monthly, before the child is no longer eligible for a payment. When your friend has a three pay month no benefits will be due. After she has the baby the earnings limit will increase to $4169.00 a month. There is one more individual living in this household and the earnings limit is higher for that reason.
    A family with 2 children (1 ineligible with income and 1 eligible child) and one parent living in the home can earn up to $3,065.00 monthly, before the child is no longer eligible for a payment. When you have your baby the earnings limit will increase to $3,433.00 a month.
    This reference is for a chart the earnings limit and cutoff amounts. https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-child-ussi.htm
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Heather,
    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims are processed in your local office. After you have completed your non medical review , and submitted any documents they may have requested, your son’s claim should be processed within thirty days.
    You will receive an award notice explaining how much your son’s payments should be, but you may receive a check before the notice.
    If thirty days have passed since your review, contact your local Social Security Office and ask for status.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Shannon,

    The childhood disability benefits (CDB) paid to unmarried individuals who become disabled before age twenty-two and have an insured parent who is either deceased or receiving benefits is, as you were told, processed by a central payment center. it may take as long as four months to get the back pay. Once it is processed, your benefit ongoing will be the CDB supplemented by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and will presumably total $20 more than you are now receiving.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Jane says that you are welcome.

  • Dear RJ,

    Assuming your unborn child will not be receiving child support, once your child is born, your disabled child will be eligible for benefits in months that you receive only two paychecks. (This assumes that your $1020.79 bi-weekly wages are gross wages.)

    If the child is born within twelve months of the original medically approved application, you will not have to file a new application. You can request a financial redetermination based on a change in finances.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Heather,
    The full benefit rate (FBR) for 2017 is $735.00 a month. It is difficult to determine your son’s monthly benefit amount. Your living arrangements can affect the payment. If you live with someone and do not pay your fair share or you receive help with your shelter expenses. You will receive an award notice that explains your son’s monthly benefit amount and why his checks are reduced (if they are reduced). If you have questions after you receive your notice, please let us know.
    Sincerely,
    jane

  • Dear Ayana,
    Your daughter should receive back pay starting with the month after the month the application was filed or your daughter’s date of onset, which ever is later.
    Social Security will probably need non medical update before payments can begin. After the interview has been completed and you have provided any documents that were requested, it takes about thirty days to complete the processing of your daughter’s claim.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Tina,
    Your income and resources will affect your husband’s payment and eligibility only for the period of time you were married and living together. Your husband will also have to prove he has a loan between him and his mother for any help she has provided. The loan can make it orally or in writing, but it must be enforceable under State law. A loan can be: cash ; food; or shelter items (rent, mortgage, utility bills, etc.).
    You can refer to these websites. One is for cash loans and the other for in-kind support and maintenance (non cash) loans. https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0501120220
    https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0500835482
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Andrea,
    It usually takes about 60 days from the date the case has been sent to the payment center to be processed, but it does depend on how back logged the payment center is. I am not sure why your office isn’t returning calls after the manager to manager call is made. You can request to talk to a supervisor or you can contact your local congressman and have him or her make on inquiry on your behalf.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Debra,
    Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) claim will be sent to a central payment center, where they will double check that you were insured on the date of your established date of disability; calculate your benefit amount applying any offsets you might have, such SSI (see below), workers compensation, or public pension; and authorize payment. This can take two months or more. Back pay is typically paid a month or more after the first monthly benefit. If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your local Social Security office will calculate and authorize SSI payment. Usually you will be paid within a month of the up date interview and submission of any requested documents. If you were approved for both, the SSDI benefit calculation will be deferred until the SSI calculation has been completed and will start a month to two months after SSI processing is complete. SSDI back benefits will be reduced by the amount of SSI benefits payable for the months in which SSDI and SSI eligibility overlaps. Typically SSI back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart and the first two will not exceed $2,205. However, if after your Social Security starts, you are no longer eligible for SSI due to your ongoing SSDI benefit or another reason for twelve months of ineligibility or your disability is expected to result in death within twelve months, you can request the remaining SSI installments to be released. Also, if you have a compelling need for more than the initial installment, you may also be able toget early partial release of part or all of later installments. For example, if you need the money to pay the down payment on a house or to buy a car for medical transportation, or to catch up past-due rent or mortgage to avoid eviction or foreclosure, or to pay past-due medical bills or to pay for needed medical care, you may be successful in getting additional funds released before the installment due dates. If any of these circumstances apply to you, you can submit a petition for release of funds. Be prepared to provide documentation of the dollar amount needed such as past-due notices and written estimates
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Andrea,
    Kay said thank you. All payments, including back pay should be sent to your bank.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Danielle,
    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are paid on the first day of each month, but the first check can be issued on any day.
    If your father is paying more than his share of the shelter expenses (and food expenses if you share food) divided by the number of people in the household regardless of age., this will counted as income to 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. His share would be 1/5 of the expenses.
    It is hard to determine the benefits amount because your father is paying more than his share of the shelter expenses. Social Security will use the gross wages your or your husband receive and the excess contribution for the shelter expenses will be unearned income. If Social Security has processed your daughters claim you should be receiving a notice in the mail soon and it will explain what income was used to determine her benefit amount.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Andrea,

    The waiting time as long as it has been total begins to count for the payment center on June 21 when the claim was forwarded after the fee issue was settled. This is when your husband’s claim started to wait in line for its turn to be processed, meaning the program center has had the claim less than two months. I am sure that your attorney will contact you when he gets a response from the payment center via the local office, but the call may or may not speed up processing because of the number of claims approved and forwarded the the payment center before your husband’s. If you have not gotten a reply by the end of August, I suggest that you ask talk with your attorney about his following up again.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kristi,
    You are welcome.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Renee,

    I believe that your and your children’s Social Security benefits will be paid on the 16th because you will not be eligible for ongoing SSI for yourself. Yes, you will receive letters that should explain everything and your Medicaid card in the mail. Keep trying about every two weeks to get your phone number changed.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kristi,
    The online status will continue to show Supplemental Security Income (SSI) decision approved because you were medically approved for disability. Social Security changes your SSDI payment date to the 3rd of each month when you have a medical approval for SSI. The denial, due to your withdrawal caused the SSDI payment date to go back to the third Wednesday of the month, but apparently the 8/3/17 payment was already issued. The fact that you have not received it either in the bank or on the card indicates a check was mailed. You should receive payment any day now. As soon as a payment is sent to your bank account, you can close the direct express account. All future payments should be sent to your bank.
    There is no need to fax your denial letter to the payment center. Your case will be reviewed three years from the approval date.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Lee,
    Because temporary assistance for needy family (TANF) programs use income as a factor of eligibility and because a TANF family grant is partially funded by Federal block grants, TANF family grant payments are considered income based on need (IBON). The SSI claimant’s share of a TANF grant is counted dollar for dollar as income and the $20 general income exclusion does not apply to this income. The welfare agency will determine what portion of the grant was paid to you for your son and the months he received it. Social Security will subtract that amount for each month he was entitled to both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and TANF when determining his benefit for past months..
    There are many different programs that fall under TANF besides the TANF family grants. Because the states design their own programs, some programs are funded with state only money. The type of program and the funding source are the keys to determining how the program is treated for SSI purposes. If you live in a state that has state funding only, you would have to contact your local Social Security Office to determine how the income is treated.
    As an aside, be sure to familiarize yourself with the restrictions that apply to the use of the funds in the dedicated account. Information is available at https://www.ssa.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm and from your local office.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Jennifer,
    A review of resources is not usually done before the second installment is paid; however, I have heard of a review being done on an interim because each installment becomes a countable resource nine months after it is received. Another possibility is that you received the back pay for your daughter and the back pay was sent to a” dedicated account”. A dedicated account is a separate account that the representative payee of a minor child is required to open if the past-due payment is large enough (usually any payment that is more than six months of the current benefit rate). These funds will not count toward your daughter’s resource limit of $2,000.00; howver, the use of funds in the “dedicated account” is restricted.
    You can use the money only for your daughter’s medical treatment, education or job skills training. You can also use the money, if they benefit your daughter’s impairment for personal needs or assistance (example in-home nursing care), special equipment, housing modification, therapy or rehabilitation, and other items or services approved by your local Social Security office, like legal fees incurred by your daughter in establishing her claim for disabled child’s benefits.
    You may not use the back pay in the dedicated account for basic monthly maintenance costs such as shelter, food, or clothing with the exception of protecting your daughter from homelessness or malnutrition, and even then you must get advance permission. If you do get permission for a special use, I recommend that you get it in writing and that you save the permission document. You must use the regular monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI} benefit for the your daughter’s food, clothing, shelter and entertainment.
    You must keep bank records and receipts for at least two years to prove the use of the funds and provide an explanation of how each expenditure relates to your daughter’s disability. This is a reference to “dedicated accounts” https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-dedicated-accounts.htm.
    You didn’t give any details explaining what the money was spent on, but if you used the money for your daughter but for things other than those allowed by a dedicated account, Social Security will determine you have misapplied these funds and an equal amount of monthly benefits will be withheld. I suggest contacting your local Social Security Office and explain your situation to them. They will determine what documents that will be required and, if a payee accounting will be completed at this time. When you receive your next installment, follow the restrictions set by the Social Security Administration if a dedicated account is involved..
    You were required to remove your name from your parent’s account(s) because the funds in those accounts would have counted toward your resource limit of $2,000.00 (or $3,000.00 if you are married). Your daughter’s funds have to be held in an account that shows the money belongs to her. An example would be your name as representative payee for your daughter or your daughter’s name by your name, representative payee.

    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Txmade254,
    If all other requirements for the Supplemental Security Income are met, your son would be eligible for about $570.00 a month. Assuming your girlfriend is not your son’s mother, her income is not considered in determining your son’s payment amount. Also your expenses do not determine payment amount.

    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Terri,
    Your local Social Security office will contact you to complete a non-medical review. At that time you may be required to provide some more information or documentation. After all documentation is received it will take up to 30 days to process your son’s claim. If office doesn’t contact you within two weeks, contact the office to request an appointment for the required interview.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Deborah,
    When counting the five-month waiting period, don’t count the month you became disabled unless it happened on the first of the month. If September is the sixth month, that is the first month payable. Social Security benefits are paid the month after they are due. If your first month of eligibility is September, you will receive this payment in October.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Kristi,

    With a 2017 application date and a 2015 incurred date of disability, you would lose nothing by withdrawing your SSI claim other than SSI not being taxable and SSDI being taxable or partially taxable if your total income in a year is over certain limits. Accordingly, I don’t know why payments would be made when you requested withdrawal . Even if it were to your advantage to receive part of your benefits from SSI until the SSDI started, benefits shouldn’t have been paid after you filed a request to withdraw. You can still return the payment and effectuate the withdrawal, but now that could cause more delay in your SSDI than just getting SSI until the SSDI starts.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Johanna,
    Payee accountings are usually completed yearly. The exception to that rule is the dedicated account. You will be asked to provide bank statements and proof of how the money was used before the next installment is issued. It can take the office up to 30 days to process the accounting after you have submitted all proofs they requested. The next installment should be issued as soon as everything has been reviewed.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Txmade,
    His case should be processed within 30 days from the date you provided the documentation that was requested.
    I am unable to provide you with an estimate of his payment. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) uses the gross amount from wages to determine his payment. You will also receive exclusions for any other minor children that live in your household. I would also need to know if any of the children have income. If you post the question again and give me this information I will try to answer your question.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Becky,
    Social Security will review your petition and determine if they can approve your request. You will receive a notice in the mail explaining the decision. If it was approved you will receive a separate check for the amount Social Security determined you could receive. This check should be received within 15 days of your notice.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

    • Becky garrett

      Thank you

      • Dear Becky,
        You are welcome
        Sincerely,
        Jane

  • Dear Yadshey,
    The date of your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application should be protected by the Social Security Disability (SSDI). Unless they closed out the protective filing by sending you a notice called a L-991, you should be able to file for SSI now and use the date of your SSDI application as protective filing. Contact your local Social Security office and tell them you want to file for SSI using this protect filing date. This is a reference to protective filing. date as the date of your SSDI application. https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/050060
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Jessica,

    Social Security will have to determine if you are holding out to the public as a married couple. Your having children together and living together does not create a marital relationship as defined by Social Security. The definition of marriage can be found in the regulations at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0500501150 and https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0500501152. If you are holding out you will receive the couple rate of $550.00 each.
    If you do not hold yourself out to the public as a married couple you both will be eligible for the maximum rate of $735.00.

    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Tarsha,

    Recently, the frequency of Direct Express cards being issued before a medical decision has been made has increased. It does not necessarily mean your son has been approved.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Renee,

    You may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for all months before your Social Security (SSDI) actually starts. Your SSI benefits will be reduced for part of your work earnings. If you have not been paying your share of the shelter and food costs–I am assuming you have been living with your father–there will be an additional reduction for in-kind (non-cash) support from your father’s paying part of your share of the shelter and/or food. When your SSDI starts, your SSI will stop. The agency that has been paying you to care for your father may be able to give you a payroll printout.

    Your income and assets do not affect your twenty-one-year-old son’s SSI benefits. However, the SSI program requires that he apply for all possible benefits and he will be asked to apply for Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) on your earnings record. CDB are paid to disabled adult children who are unmarried or married to certain Social Security beneficiaries. If the CDB is low enough, he will continue to receive a reduced amount of SSI.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mystical48,

    You have been given incorrect information. The two months referred to is part of prospective accounting meaning that as long as you are continuously eligible, income in one month determines your benefit payment amount two months later. This accounting does not apply after a break in payment due to ineligibility so it does not apply to your situation.

    However, if your husband moves out on September 1, his income will be countable income for you in September and you will continue to be ineligible in September becoming eligible in October. For you to receive SSI for September, he would have to move out on August. It may take two months to process reinstatement.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Emona,
    Your local office will probably have to complete a non medical update before payments can be reinstated. After the update his payments should begin within 30 day and the back pay will be paid shortly after that.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Teresa,

    If the amount is large enough that it could be multiple months, then it would be the back pay. If it is, you can expect a monthly payment on August 1. If you don’t have an award letter within about ten days, you can contact your local office for an explanation.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Remy,

    Usually monthly SSI benefits start within a month and sometimes the first installment of back pay is paid within that time frame also. If you do have an emergency situation such as not having housing or being in danger of losing housing, you can write up a statement of dire need explaining the situation and how much you need to have paid in the first monthly benefit and back pay to take care of the emergency. The statement should help expedite processing of your son’s payment. I suggest that you take the statement to the office and nicely ask the person who takes it to please call the claims representative’s attention to it.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Jane says you are welcome.

  • Dear D.,

    Your father was not denied because you are supporting him. His hearing is to establish whether or not he is disabled. If he is medically approved, his benefit will be reduced because he is not paying for his own shelter and food, but he will not be denied because of that. if he is not clear regarding what the hearing is about, he should request a copy of his claim file and consider hiring an experienced Social Security attorney to assist him with his appeal.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Monica,
    The office will use the information you provided in this interview to calculate your payments. Usually you will be paid within a month of the update interview, if you have provided all evidence they may have requested. Given that you have had no income, you must be receiving free food and/or housing. If that is the case, you can expect a reduced benefit until you start paying for your housing and food (with or without the help of food stamps.)
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Syeda,

    Installment checks can be received any day during the month they are due. If you haven’t received your money by the last day of the month it was due, contact your local Social Security Office.

    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Ashley,
    If your mother in law was approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), her SSDI claim will be sent to a central payment center, where they will double check that she was insured on the date of your established date of disability; calculate her benefit amount applying any offsets she might have, such as SSI (see below), workers compensation, or public pension; and authorize payment. This can take two months or more. Back pay is typically paid a month or more after the first monthly benefit. If she was approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), her local Social Security office will calculate and authorize SSI payment. Before payment can be calculated, a financial update will be needed from her if her claim has been approved on appeal and even sometimes as an initial claim if it has pended a long time. The office will contact her for a financial update so that benefits can be calculated for past months. Usually, she will be paid within a month of the update interview and submission of any requested documents. If she was approved for both, the SSDI benefit calculation will be deferred until the SSI calculation has been completed and will start a month to two months after SSI processing is complete.
    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Ashley,
    If your mother in law was approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), her SSDI claim will be sent to a central payment center, where they will double check that she was insured on the date of your established date of disability; calculate her benefit amount applying any offsets she might have, such as SSI (see below), workers compensation, or public pension; and authorize payment. This can take two months or more. Back pay is typically paid a month or more after the first monthly benefit. If she was approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), her local Social Security office will calculate and authorize SSI payment. Before payment can be calculated, a financial update will be needed from her if her claim has been approved on appeal and even sometimes as an initial claim if it has pended a long time. The office will contact her for a financial update so that benefits can be calculated for past months. Usually, she will be paid within a month of the update interview and submission of any requested documents. If she was approved for both, the SSDI benefit calculation will be deferred until the SSI calculation has been completed and will start a month to two months after SSI processing is complete.

    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Denise,

    Whether or not your children are eligible for dependent benefits on their father’s Social Security Disability (SSDI) record depends on his earnings history. If he earned enough to have a family maximum benefit (FMB) higher than his own benefit, which is called your primary insurance amount (PIA), his dependents could be eligible. To determine whether dependent benefits may be possible, you can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and ask the amount of his PIA and FMB to see if the FMB is higher. If it is an application can be filed.

    If he is only eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) your children will not be eligible for any benefits from his record. SSI only pays the disabled person and no benefits are payable to any family members.

    Sincerely,
    Jane

  • Dear Taqwannat,

    From what you have written, I have the impression that the June 5 interview was the initial application for your son. If so, it is unlikely that you would have a medical decision already. If you want more clarification, you can call the local office and ask.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Toby,

    Your attorney is due 25% of your back pay. You posted under a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) informational article, but the information you have provided indicates that you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI). If you did not also receive SSI or state disability insurance, which would require an offset against (reduction of) your SSDI back pay for overlapping months, there should be no other reductions and you should have received the rest by now. I suggest that you check with your attorney to see if he or she has received payment and if so how much. Then ask the local office to make an inquiry to the payment center about what is needed to have the remainder of your funds released.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jeannetta,

    The bank has to return the funds before Social Security will reissue them, so I’d say it will be at least two weeks before the payment is replaced.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lina,

    I would not expect a third party verification of no child support if you had reasonably current documentation. That said, if a verification has been requested, then the time frame depends on how fast the state child support enforcement office responds. You might try contacting them to see if they could move things along.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Holly,

    If the payments aren’t received within a couple days, your son should follow up with the local office. Also, you might clarify with him whether or not the representative asked him questions about recent medical treatment and any work activity. His claim has to be reviewed to determine whether he is disabled as an adult because the criteria is different for adults from what it is for children. If the rep asked about his medical condition and treatment and whether he worked and he signed an authorization for release of information, the medical/vocational update may have been started while he was in the office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Cindy,

    The installments are paid six months apart so the next one is due in August and the one after that in March 2018. If your son has a special need that needs to be met and requires more than the usual installment amount, you can petition to have more released sooner to fund the special need.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear James,

    There should be time for your son to receive his July payment on time. Depending on his living arrangements when he was out of your home and how long he was gone, he may not be eligible for a June payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gabby,

    All back benefits due you should have been paid in the three installments. You can add them up and compare the total to the amount your award letter said was owed to you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Timika,

    Comments are not visible until they are answered. Yours was answered a few minutes ago.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kiara,

    It would seem that they are saying that processing will be taking a while and the first monthly benefit will be in August. If this is the case, the back pay will include the months of March through July. February will be payable only if you applied on February 1.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear LowKee,

    Yes, if you are looking at your online account frequently, such as daily, you will see the back pay amount as a one-time payment before it hits your bank account.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lambertina,

    The first and second installments of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay will not exceed $2,205 each unless you petition to have more released to meet some specific need such as a down payment on a home, to buy a car, to pay past-due bills and/or other immediate needs that come to more than the normal installment. If you chose to petition, be specific about the amount needed for each item you list.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Amy,

    The date is likely the date of authorization and then the Treasury Department has to release the payment, so allow at least a week.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear LowKee,

    You should get the first installment of SSI back pay in a month or less of submitting all the requested documents. If you do not, I suggest following up with the local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear LowKee,

    I would expect you would have the funds within a week of when the payment amount was posted in your online account.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lynn,

    How long it takes to get a hearing decision through the letter writing department depends on how backed up they are. You could ask the hearing office what the usual time frame is for their office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jess,

    I apologize; I misunderstood. Your daughter’s income will not affect your SSI payment amount if it is just you and she in the household. If you are living with a spouse with income, her work could potentially affect the payment amount. If that is the case, tell me your spouse’s income and I will let you know.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tonya,

    I do not have enough information to offer an opinion. For the current application be sure that all the records and doctor’s statement you want to have considered are submitted. You need to document diagnosis, limitations and restrictions related to your ability to work.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jess,

    Please see my response to your first post. The information you have added, “soon-to-be daughter,” seems to indicate that she is your stepdaughter and you are getting married. If your spouse has income, marriage may affect your SSI benefits.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jess,

    If you are single or not living with your spouse, your child’s income will not affect your SSI benefit. If you are married and living with your spouse, whether or not your benefit will be affected depends on the amount your daughter earns and the amount and type of income your spouse has.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear LowKee,

    After you have had the financial update interview and have submitted all the requested documents, you should receive benefits within a month.

    Sincerely,
    Ka

  • Dear Optic,

    You should receive payment soon. If you have not received benefits within about ten days, I suggest you follow up with the local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Victoria,

    Getting benefits started involves several processes that are not always done at the same time. If you haven’t received benefits within about ten days, I suggest following up with the local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Gerome, and thank you.

  • Dear Tiffany,

    I suggest that you contact your employers since 2014 and request a payroll printout or other document to show your gross wages because for you son to be paid, you will have to prove your income. Similarly, you need to try to get banking records for the closed accounts. You will also need information on the financial arrangements in the two places you have lived since you applied (rental leases or statements from people you lived with).

    Back pay should start to be paid within a month of monthly benefits beginning, which should also be within a month of medical approval. SSI is paid in up to three installments six months apart. When more than six months is owed, back pay for minor children is paid into a Dedicated Account. While there are some exceptions, Dedicated Accounts are to be used for disability-related services, education or vocational training. Dedicated Accounts cannot be used for routine expenses such as housing, food, clothing, etc. The monthly benefit is to be used for those needs. The money in a Dedicated Account does not count toward the resource limit. You can read more about Dedicated Accounts at https://www.ssa.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Eve,

    SSI has no retroactivity. Benefits will begin to accrue with the month of June, which is the first full month after application. If you do not receive payment on the card or a letter within two weeks, I suggest contacting your local office to follow up.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Nionna,

    If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)–you posted your question under an article on SSI–you should have already received the first installment of your SSI back pay. So, if you are getting SSI, I suggest that you follow up with your local office.

    If you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), a central payment reviews your claim for non-medical factors including double-checking your earnings record to be sure you are insured for benefits, applies any offsets such as workers compensation offset, and authorizes and triggers release of payment. Depending on current backlogs and the amount of back pay due, it can take two months or longer to get back pay. If you do not receive the payment within another month, I suggest that you ask the local office to send an inquiry to the payment center.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Gerome.

  • Dear Gerome,

    You should get the letter at least within a week to ten days of the first payment. (Sometimes the letter arrives after the payment.)

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gerome,

    Your claim will be sent to a central payment center for calculation, authorization, and release of payment. This process for an initial claim approval that was received relatively quickly can take from one to three months.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    • Gerome Weaver

      I would get first time ssi this June 2nd and then would be get doulble checks for ssi and ssdi next month. Sound like good news.

  • Dear M.,

    Your child’s May benefit will be part of the back pay.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lambertina,

    Your wife should receive the first installment of her back Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits within a month of getting the first monthly benefit. It will come in a separate payment and could be on any day of the month.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tiffany,

    If it is possible for you to go into the office, visit the office and take documentation for both the accounts, the one for the monthly benefits and the one for the Dedicated Account. If you can’t go in, mail a copy of the same documentation with a cover letter, preferably addressed to the claims representative who is handling your son’s claim.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jess,

    What type of a phone interview did you have? Was it part of the initial claim application you started in January or was it an interview to update your finances and living arrangements after a medical approval? If it is the former, you could have to wait from two to five months to get a medical decision. If is the latter and you have already been approved medically, you should have payment within a month. You can submit a statement of dire need based on not being able to pay your rent. The letter might help speed up the processing a little bit.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Rick,

    My response is based on the assumption that your son is a minor. Each month’s eligibility and payment amount is determined separately. If your son’s and your assets are within the limits in a month, then family income is evaluated. (If he has a mother or stepparent living in the household, that person’s assets and income are considered also.) You should take the following with you for all months from December 2013 and following:

    1. Addresses at which you have lived and a list of persons living in each household
    2. Bank statements and other documents to prove your son’s and his in-home parents’ assets
    3. Pay stubs or payroll printouts and other documentation of income of everyone in the nuclear family and of any child support paid to children outside the home.
    4. Proof of renting or purchasing a home.
    5. If you live with a person who is not your spouse or minor children, proofs of total shelter and food expenses for shared food. 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.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Christina,

    Social Security Disability (SSDI) requires that you have worked and paid Social Security taxes on your work earnings. You must be both fully and currently insured by having a certain number of credits that can be earned at a rate of four per year and some have to be earned in a specified period of time before disability began. The number needed depends on the age at which you became disabled. So, your SSDI claim was denied either you have never been insured for Social Security Disability (SSDI) due to insufficient amount of work or you did not present proof to show that you became disabled on or before the date you were last insured.

    Your denial letter should explain the reason. If you think an error has been made, you can request your claim file and review it to decide whether or not to appeal. You can also request a copy of your earnings record to make sure all your earnings are posted.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Amani,

    Your son should have been paid the first installment of back pay within a month of benefits starting. I suggest that you follow up with the local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Laura Jo,

    If your husband’s benefits are being paid to a debit card or bank account, allow about three business days. If he is receiving benefits via check, allow five to seven days for delivery. However, with the first installment paid in December, I would not have expected the second to be released until June.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Dexter,

    Allow five business days for delivery of a check via the postal service. It is too late for the May benefits to be paid as a currently monthly benefit so it will become part of the back pay. With the timing you describe, I would expect the June 1 monthly benefit to be paid on time.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Emoni Elba,

    It is quite unlikely that a medical decision has been made on your daughter’s claim because you filed it very recently. Accordingly, the advance set up of direct deposit would not appear to be a sign of approval.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Keila,

    As you describe your son’s condition and treatment, I’d say that he has a reasonable chance for approval. Please see my response to your first post regarding payment amount.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Elizabeth,

    Based on this information and your prior post, it does sound as if your child was approved for benefits. I suggest that if you are in dire financial need, that you submit a dire-need letter, which states the housing or utility crisis. The letter should speed up getting payment out to you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Elizabeth,

    You have been asked to submit evidence of both medical and financial eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your child. It takes from two to five months to get a claim decision.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear LowKee,

    The current status is just telling you that your claim is moving forward. Based on reports from various claimants, your claim decision could be an approval or a denial.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jason,

    You are describing your living arrangement differently from when you posted your first question. My answer to your first question is correct based on the information you provided in that question.

    In this posting, however, you do not say that you are incurring a debt that you will have to pay back. You are saying that you are providing services in exchange for housing. If that is the case, the $250’s worth of housing you are getting in exchange for the housing will be either treated as earned income or unearned income. The rules for determining which are detailed and will require a formal determination by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If SSA determines the in-kind income is earned $83.50 of it will be counted to reduce your benefit from the maximum payable. If it is determined to be unearned income $230 of it will cause a reduction.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Jason

    I can’t pay the rent for my room which is 250 a month so my roommate said if I babysit her daughter (she works nights) then I can stay untill I can pay it. She ownes the house. I don’t understand how to word this to people when asked. Should I say I pay 250 a month? Or temporary babysit for the money but never see it?

    • Dear Jason,

      You are not getting compensated for babysitting; in other words you are not paying your rent by babysitting. Instead you are babysitting in exchange for being given time to pay later. Accordingly, the babysitting does not have to be reported. I suggest that your roommate write up a statement that the free housing is a loan. The statement needs to list the monthly amount of the rent, and the first month you were given housing as a loan to be repaid, the requirement to repay when you are approved for disability benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dear Anjel,

    It takes two or more overnight bank runs to move the payment through the banking system. If you haven’t receive it by about the fifteenth, I suggest you inquire about the status at your local Social Security office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jennifer,

    Whether or not back benefits are payable depends on the date of disability onset and the date of application. Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) benefits begin to accrue the later of twelve months before the month your fiance applied or the sixth full calendar month of disability, as established by Social Security. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) begins the month following the month of application unless he applied on the first of the month in which case benefits begin with the month of application.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Maryam,

    If you called to make an appointment to file an application in January, the application date will be January. Otherwise, I don’t know why they would ask for income before the month of application.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sheila Kay,

    You will be paid SSI first and your SSI will stop when SSDI starts. Your SSDI claim will be sent to a central payment center, where they will double check that you were insured on the date of your established date of disability, apply any offsets you might have for SSI (see below), workers compensation, or public pension. They will calculate and authorize payment. this can take two months or more.

    Your local Social Security office will calculate and authorize SSI payment. They will contact you for a financial update so that benefits can be calculated for past months. Usually you will be paid within a month of the update interview and submission of any requested documents.
    SSDI benefit calculation will not be completed until SSI calculation is done. SSDI back benefits will be reduced by the amount of SSI benefits payable for the months in which SSDI and SSI eligibility overlap. Typically SSI back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart and the first two will not exceed $2,205. However, after your Social Security starts and you are no longer eligible for SSI, you can request the remaining SSI installments to be released.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Rayvyn,

    The second installment is supposed to be paid within the sixth month. If you have not received it by June 5 (allowing for delivery), I suggest following up with the local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    • Rayvyn

      I was told it was supposed to come this month, ( I know about it coming every 6 months). Was just wondering when abouts I could expect it. They said anytime this month, so wanted to ask if their was a certain time this month It would normally come.

      • Dear Rayvyn,

        There is no set time of the month; it varies depending on when the work to release the installment is completed.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Dear Rashaneke,

    Your installment payment should be posted to your debit card.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lex,

    Please tell me your gross wages before taxes or any other deductions and whether or not your children have any income and I can give you an estimate.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear LowKee,

    Dogo to the office as requested. You have to provide a financial update and any requested documents to get a final approval of your claim and to get benefits paid.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    • LowKee Denise

      I don’t want to go all the way down there and it’s not for sure out of quality review and I’m in a wheelchair wears a AFO cannot walk far with limited transportation. I would like to know that for sure cause they one minute say I’m approved I need to come down with this information to it’s still pending in quality review it’s confusing me. My anxiety at all time high and I can’t focus.

      • Dear LowKee,

        You can call Social Security and explain your mobility issues and request an appointment for a telephone interview. Then you can mail in copies of any documents that are requested.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Dear Liz,

    Monthly SSDI should start within one to two months. SSDI back pay seems to be taking two months or more after the monthly benefits start. SSDI back pay will be offset (reduced) by SSI paid or payable in installments for the same months. If the monthly SSDI is high enough that the SSI will stop, your husband can request release now of all the remaining SSI back pay.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear LowKee,

    Your claim for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), even though it has apparently been medically approved, will not be finally approved until you provide the documentation that was requested and possibly have an financial update interview. This is needed to be sure that you are financially eligible for SSI for all months since you applied. Because you are being asked for the financial documentation, I would say that the quality review has probably been completed and your medical approval stands. You will get an award letter after the financial review has been completed.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Alexus,

    Manual input means that some systems limitation (computer programming limitation) requires the representative to post everything manually rather than the computer being able to calculate and generate payment from input only of income and living arrangement data.I can’t be specific about how long it will take. It takes depends on how busy the representative is, how soon he or she can set aside time for the manual task, and how many months of manual input are needed.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Ashley,

    You should receive your first SSI payment within about ten days to a month depending on the workloads in your office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Alexus,

    If you are referring to the representative in your local office, you could try going to the office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Bernard,

    Your girlfriend’s income does not affect your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because you are not married. If you are paying your share of the shelter (and food if you share food) expenses, your SSI should not be reduced because you are living together. However, if your girlfriend is paying all the shelter and/or food costs, your benefit would likely be reduced by $245 a month. If that is the case, when you are approved and have benefits and start to pay your share, the benefits can be raised. 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.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Alexus,

    I believe that a confirmation number is provided only if you applied online. You may not be able to use the automated system. You may need to address you questions to a representative.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Alexus,

    It appears that you posted your question twice. Please see my response to the first posting.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Alexus,

    I suggest you give it another week because it may have taken the representative a bit longer to get the work done on your claim than he planned. Then if you have not received it, you might call 1-800-772-1213 to see if the payment is set up with a specific date. If not, I suggest following up with the representative in the local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Martavious,

    You will receive three installments if the total due you is more than $4,410. If it is not, then you will receive only two installments. If the sixth calendar month after the first payment has come to an end, I suggest following up with the local office about the second payment. At the same time, if necessary, you can clarify the total back pay due you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jay,

    You may qualify for Supplemental Security Income, which does not have a work history requirement for U.S. citizens and a few categories of legal aliens. Benefits begin the month after the month of application unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits would begin with the month of application.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Alexandra,

    If the benefits have not been paid out by the end of April, I suggest calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to ask whether a payment has been set up for a specific date. If not, then call the local office to follow up. Note that if your son is under age eighteen, the back pay has to be paid into a Dedicated Account with restricted use. You can read about Dedicated Accounts at https://www.ssa.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gerome,

    If you are medically approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), your claim file will be sent to the payment center for calculation and release of benefits. It can take two months or more for benefits to start.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Arianna,

    I do not know why the account was frozen. Perhaps you can set up a new account once benefits start and then request direct deposit.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Danielle,

    Assuming they got all the information they need when they called, you can likely expect payment within ten days to a month depending on how fast they can do the final processing.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Gerome.

  • Dear Keshara,

    The situation is a bit confusing, but you will be notified when the quality assurance review has been completed. Once it is, if the original review and decision passes the quality check, your claim approval will be finalized.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    • LowKee Denise

      How long quality review typically takes because it’s now on its 3rd week. I appreciate your help I just pray that things go well cause I’m having a hard time all around the board.

      • Dear LowKee,

        Usually quality assurance reviews take a couple weeks, but there is no set time by which it will be completed. You should be notified when it is done, but you might double-check with the local office that the review is still pending.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Dear Sheyla,

    Your benefit on your father’s account is based on his lifetime earnings. Except for cost-of-living increases, which are sometimes given annually, it is a fixed benefit. If between the two benefits, you are receiving $755, your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will not be increased. You might try renting a room in a private home, which would be less expensive than living in a hotel. Also, some non-profit organizations, such as churches, provide one-time assistance in housing and might be able to help with any deposit that might be required.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gerome,

    I am not sure what you are asking. Are you asking whether you can work part-time while receiving benefits? If so, I need a bit more information. Do you have a claim pending approval or pending payment? If so, is it Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    • Gerome Weaver

      Ssdi are on pending, understood? Since, stop on April from continue receiving SSI. Ssdi required complete who I’m and apply for ssdi.

    • Gerome Weaver

      Whenever I need part time job while ssdi on processing on it.

      • Dear Gerome,

        I have read your most recent three posts. I am sorry; I am not understanding your situation or your question. Would it be possible to have someone write it up for you?

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Dear Gerome,

    It can take two to five months to get a medical decision on an initial claim or reconsideration appeal. A hearing can take one to two years to get a hearing date. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is usually paid within a month to six weeks after approval with back pay issued within a month after that.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Teq,

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back benefits are paid in installments six months apart.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Alex,

    I recommend that you follow up with your local office; the back pay should have started at least within a month of the first monthly payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear James,

    Thank you for the update.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Keshara,

    The representatives who told you that you were approved did not know at that time that the claim would be selected for a QA review.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tina,

    Apparently when you filed the application you indicated that you wanted payment sent to a DirectExpress debit card.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear King Earl,

    If you are approved for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI), benefits begin to accrue the later of twelve months before the month you applied or the sixth full calendar month of disability, as established by Social Security.

    If you are approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits will begin the month following the month of application unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits begin with the month of application.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Keshara,

    If the quality assurance review has been completed, the financial update interview and documentation will have to be completed before you get an award letter. If you haven’t been contacted in about a week to ten days, follow up with the local office to see if they need anything to start payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Yes, indeed, and you are welcome.

  • Dear Ella,

    It frequently takes two months after monthly benefits start to receive Social Security Disability back pay.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lauren,

    It seems that an error was made with regard to the reversal of the excess income denial and submission of the claim for a disability evaluation. Then when you got a quick medical approval, your income verification was erroneously requested again, which resulted in a determination of ineligibility due to income, which is what you were told in the first place. If you would like to provide the following information, I will review to see whether the denial seems to be correct. If you would like me to do that, please send me the following:

    1. Your and your husband’s income; work income should be either gross wages or net self-employment.
    2. Any income your children may have.
    3. The number of non-disabled children in the household.
    4. The state you live in.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Shameka,

    Usually you would have received back pay by now. I suggest that you follow up with your local office, preferably with the claims representative who has been handling your son’s claim.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lakaiesha,

    Often the first payment is by check, but your son’s future benefits should be paid on the DirectExpress card.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear James,

    The one-time payment of $2,205 is the first installment of your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay. Allow five to seven days from the date of the payment for it to arrive. Maybe the glitch is in the call center’s system not being updated.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Michelle,

    Your child’s benefits will be paid based on the November 2016 application because you did not appeal the first 2010 application.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Shameka,

    If you have not received the back pay by the end of April, I suggest following up with the local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Shameka,

    If you have not received the back pay by the end of April, I suggest that you visit the local office or call the person with whom you had the interview in December as that is probably the person responsible for release of the back pay.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Patience,

    If you are waiting for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, which are authorized by the local office, I suggest that you go to the office and say you have waited a year for payment and want to talk with the manager. If you are waiting for Social Security Disability (SSDI), ask for a manager-to-manager call from the local office to the payment center. If these approaches are unsuccessful, I suggest contacting your congressperson’s office and asking them to do a follow up on your behalf.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Liz,

    The back pay should be paid by now. I suggest that you follow up with the local office. Note that if the back pay is going into a Dedicated Account, its use will be restricted. You can read about Dedicated Accounts and usage of funds at https://www.ssa.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Huggy Girl,

    You have posted your question twice. Please see my response to your first post. You are owed back benefits for all months since from August 2013 if you were financially eligible every month since then. (If you applied on July 1, benefits would start July 2013).

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lakaiesha,

    The next payment should go to the card. If it doesn’t contact your local office for correction.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sonda,

    The reason I thought the $1,600 was the total back pay is that it is less than $2,205. Typically if more than one installment is due, the first one is at least $2,205. Is there a chance that the $1,600 is a first monthly Social Security Disability (SSDI) payment? At any rate, looks as if a call to Social Security is needed to clarify the situation.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sonda,

    If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), that would be the amount of the back pay and the payment would have been authorized on that day to be either mailed or transferred electronically to your bank account or DirectExpress debit card. Electronic transfer takes two or three overnight runs.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kay2324,

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not pay dependent benefits. If you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) and your work history is strong enough that your family is insured for dependent benefits, each child’s benefits could be as much as an amount equal to 50% of your benefit. You can find out by inquiring how much your family maximum benefit (FMB) is. The difference between the FMB and your primary insurance amount (PIA), which is your benefit, is the maximum that can be paid to all dependents.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Stephanie,

    Please see my response to your first posing of your question.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Stephanie,

    The reason your attorney may have asked you to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is that it is usually paid more quickly; and if you are having financial problems, it could result in your getting income more quickly. Another possibility possibly applies if you are not now insured for Social Security and that is he is covering your bases to be sure that if you are not found disabled back when you were insured, he wants to be sure you at least get SSI going forward. (No SSI is paid for months before SSI application.) Note that both benefits will be subject to attorney’s fees as a percentage of back pay but there would be limited back pay only for months between application and decision. I suggest that you ask your attorney his or her reasons for the request.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Dale,

    I would have expected the first installment of back pay to have been $2,205. Otherwise, the amounts seem okay. The $735 is the monthly benefit.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Shauna,

    Thank you for the background information. If you were able to prove you became disabled before age twenty-two, the Childhood Disability Benefits you can draw on her account would be based on her earnings record and would be more than they were in the past because she has passed away. If your brother is not entitled on the record, that would also cause them to be more. I don’t have sufficient information about your living arrangements and actual current income to estimate SSI payments for you or your daughter.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Markita,

    If the representative was ready to authorize payment, it should be in the account within about three overnight bank runs, which occur on business days only.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Nicole,

    I am not certain how the cash assistance is treated when it is really child support being passed through state administration to reach your child, and I haven’t found anything definitive to give you as a reference. Two-thirds of court-ordered child support is countable income and reduces SSI benefits. I don’t know how the two aspects of the the law are sorted out, that is, should the child-support income be counted to reduce your son’s benefits or not and, if not, is it subject to repayment. I suggest that you take the paperwork you have on the payments with you to your appointment and ask how the law require classifies the income and how it is handled. Once you know, if you want to share what you found out with everyone, let us know.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Shauna,

    The first thing that has to happen before payments are made is for you to get notification that you have been found disabled and medically approved for benefits. You don’t say what the content of the interview was so I can’t tell whether or not you have been medically approved. If you have, then Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can start within a month of the interview.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Belinda.

  • Dear Melanie,

    I suggest asking the local office to follow up if you have not received the back pay within six weeks.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Markita,

    Special rules apply to money deposited into a Dedicated Account. First, the money in the account does not count toward the resource limit. Second, the money can only be used for expenses related to your son’s disability such as rehabilitation or education. It cannot be used for housing, food, clothing and other routine expenses. You can read about Dedicated Accounts at https://www.ssa.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Belinda,

    If work is completed on the claim before the first, the back pay, which will now include April, might be released before the monthly benefit. Back payments can be paid on any day of the month,so it is possible she could receive payment before the May monthly benefit is paid.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Brielle,

    The number of hours that a parent can work and have the child still be eligible for SSI depends on the rate of pay per hour and the the number of parents in the household and the number of other children in the household. If the parent(s) is/are the only ones with income, you can look at the deeming chart to see the amount under which the earnings must be for the child to receive at least one dollar in benefits. The link is http://www.socials.gov/ssi/text-child-ussi.htm. (And, you are welcome.)

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Pretty,

    The back pay should have been paid by now. I suggest that you follow up with your local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Brielle,

    The “second part” of the approval is the review to see that your resources are below the limit, which they are (the car doesn’t count) and to calculate benefits for each month based on countable income for that month. Benefits will begin to accrue January 2017 unless you applied on the first of December in which case benefits will begin to accrue for December. Based on the information you have provided, if the housing assistance is from a government agency, your son’s monthly benefit will be $735.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tel,

    You should receive the first payment by April 11 or so, if you were not asked to submit documents. If you had to submit information, figure a month from when you sent it in.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kikani,

    Yes, that is right. You should receive the payment within a week of the date that the payment was scheduled for.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tel,

    If you do not receive payment or at least find out that payment has been sent by April 10, I suggest that you follow up with your local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kikani,

    Please see my response to your first posting of this question.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kikani,

    The one-time payment for “SSI” is a Supplemental Security Income payment, not a Social Security payment. It is being paid for the period of time before your Social Security Disability (SSD) actually starts, that is for the period ending with March 2017. Ongoing payment is listed as zero because you will no longer be eligible for SSI when your SSD starts in April.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jacqueline,

    Please see my response to your first posting of this question. Now you have clarified for me that your claim is for SSI, so only my prior comments about SSI are applicable–that is that you cannot be denied for no income. Once you get the formal SSI denial letter, review it to see if any of the facts on which the denial is based are incorrect. If so you can appeal the denial.

    Note that if you were medically approved for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) as well, the SSI denial will not affect payment of the SSDI claim.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    If you were also medically approved for Social Security

  • Dear Yvet,

    Your mother can ask the local office to send an inquiry to the payment center to find out the status of her claim and approximately how much longer it will be.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Jessica, and thank you.

  • Dear Tel,

    Only two-thirds of the half of the child support that is for your disabled child counts as income and of that amount $20 is excluded so I estimate that your child will be eligible for $575 if the earnings you listed are gross earnings before taxes and other deductions.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Joe,

    Given how long you have been waiting, you can ask the local office for a manager to manager call to the payment center to get some specific information on when the review will be completed and the payment issued.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jessica,

    The back pay installments can come on any day of the month in which they are due. March is the sixth month and you do not receive it this month, I suggest following up with the local office for release of the funds.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Briana,

    If you were not incarcerated for twelve months, you can get your SSI reinstated without a new application and benefits for months before incarceration and after release should be payable.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tel,

    If the child support is for both children and your earnings are low enough that none of your earnings is deemed (considered) to be available for his support, his benefit would be about $575. I cannot tell whether or not any of your income is deemable because I don’t know how much you make. If you can give me a monthly total that you earn, I can give you an idea.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear MaryAnn,

    If you mean that you applied for SSI in January, yes your son is eligible for February. You should receive the payment within a month.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jerry,

    Often cards are received before payment is fully set up; however, because you were told there would be funds on the card, I recommend that you check with the local office about the status of your first payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sherrie20,

    I am unable to answer your questions, particularly why you got a monthly benefit in mid-month. I suggest that you contact your local claims representative for an explanation.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear James,

    If you are due more Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay, it is likely to be at $488. The second installment of SSI back pay should be in March. Your SSI payment amount is more than your Social Security Disability (SSDI), so for you to get SSDI back pay you would have to have been eligible for benefits before March 2016, which would be the first possible month of SSI eligibility. I suggest that you call Social Security at 1-800-771-1213 to learn your SSDI entitlement date. That will let you know whether SSDI back pay is due.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sherrie,

    The local office does authorize Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments; however, It takes a few bank runs for the benefits to reach the designated bank account. The representative may not have done the work to release the funds the same day as you were in the office. I suggest that you call again on fifteenth. If payment does not show as having been set up for a specific date, you could try to visit or reach the claims rep handling the claim by phone to follow up. (If a specific date is set up, allow at least three work days after that to receive the funds.)

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gene,

    Try calling Social Security at 800-772-1213 to find out whether a monthly amount shows in their computer system. If not, check with your local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Patti,

    A Social Security representative or Disability Determination Services (DDS) claims examiner might call without making a phone appointment. If they cannot reach you, they would send you a letter. More lengthy calls such as an interview to complete an application or a financial update for an SSI claim are usually set up with a specified time. If you do not have a reliable way to reach you by phone, you can let Social Security know that.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Mary.

  • Dear Kimberly,

    Most offices get SSI monthly payments started within a month of the interview and your submission of any financial documentation that is requested. The first installment of back pay is usually paid shortly after the monthly benefits are set up. The first two installments will not exceed $2,205 with the balance being paid in the third installment. You can get exceptions to how the back pay is paid if you have a compelling reason such as having to catch up back rent to avoid being evicted or wanting to use the money as a down payment to purchase a home to live in.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mary,

    Your brother is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), not Social Security. You can learn more about SSI by reading the articles under the “SSI” tab on the navigation bar at the top of this webpage. Regarding, your question, yes, your brother’s SSI can potentially be increased when he starts sharing expenses. For him to receive the maximum benefit, he has to pay his share of shelter expenses and if you share food, his share food expenses as well. His share is the total of those 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.

    If $500 is not enough to pay his share, he can save up until he has enough to pay his share for two months. Once he starts to pay you, he can report it and his SSI will increase to $735 two months later. Or, he can use some of his back pay to pay his share. Back pay will start the month after he filed his application.

    If you pay anything else for him and pay it directly to the provider, your assistance will not affect his SSI.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Micgelle,

    If your son’s back pay was not deposited into a Dedicated Account that you were required to set up, you can use his money for shelter and food costs, clothing, school supplies, hygiene items, gasoline to take him to the doctor, and and any other need he has. If the funds were paid to a Dedicated Account, the use is limited. You can read about the restricted use at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140 .

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Ashlie.

  • Dear Ash,

    If you do not have your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) first back pay installment by the end of February, I suggest following up with your local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Michelle,

    The installment can be paid any time during the month. If you have not received by the end of February, follow up with your local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jim,

    Then at this point about all you can do is wait. Except, you could ask the local office to double-check that the status of your SSI claim has been communicated to the payment center.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lee,

    I am unable to assess whether your child might be considered disabled under Social Security law. I suggest that you meet with an experienced Social Security attorney to get an opinion on your chances of getting benefits for your child and what they think needs to be done to present your case successfully.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jennie,

    If the children have no assets including SSI benefits received in one month and carried over to the next month, you can have $6,000 with your $4,000 excess divided between the two disabled children. Some things are not countable, for example, a home you live in, one vehicle, certain kinds of life insurance policies and burial spaces.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lapis Fox,

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay in excess of $2,205 will be issued in up to three installment payments six months apart. The first installment should be paid within a month of the first monthly payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Chelsa.

  • Dear Mcriblover,

    If you have worked enough to provide dependent Social Security benefits on your earnings record, your children can receive benefits and benefits will begin to accrue with the same month as your benefits for your two younger children. The adopted child is still a minor so benefits will be ongoing. If the eighteen-year-old is still in high school, she will be eligible for benefits until the later of when she leaves high school or turns nineteen. If she is already out of school, she will receive benefits through the month before her eighteenth birthday. You need to inquire whether a separate application is needed for your disabled twenty-four-year old to receive childhood disability benefits (CDB) on your earnings record. It is possible that his retroactivity will be limited to twelve months.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jim,

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart; however, if you are no longer eligible for SSI due the SSD monthly amount, you can request all the remaining SSI installments to be paid now.

    Social Security back benefits usually take a minimum of a couple months after monthly benefits start. The larger amount due, the longer it will take to get it. Where you are owed back to 2007, the amount of Social Security due you is huge and will require multiple reviews and authorizations. I would not be surprised if it took as much as six months. The local office does not have the ability to speed it up. The SSD back pay will be reduced by SSI paid or payable for the same months .

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Christopher,

    Back pay can come on any day of the month.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jennie,

    When you receive your inheritance, the money will be income in the month that it is received and, therefore, could cause an overpayment for that month. Any that you still have the following month will count toward the resource limit in the following month. You can have $2,000 in countable assets. Any excess you have will be split in half and each half will be counted toward each of your children’s $2,000 limit.

    If you have excess resources and spend down, be sure to keep receipts for everything to show that you spent the money and did not give it away. Some purchases, such as the purchase of a home or a car (if you have only one car) will convert the money to a non-countable resource, and that is allowed.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Babygirl,

    It can take a month or two before Social Security monthly benefits start and as much as two months or more before any back benefits are paid.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lapis Fox,

    First, I suggest that your friend call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to be sure that a payment has not been issued and gone astray. If it has not, your friend can try to go to the office to get an update and/or to request processing of the information and documents that he has provided.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Dice,

    Yes, the request for a financial update indicates that your child has been medically approved for SSI.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mitch,

    Yes, your son will continue to receive benefits during the continuing disability review.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lila,

    I suggest that you contact the local office to see whether you need to submit any information or documents before payment can start. If not, payment should be initiated before the end of February.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Chelsa,

    I suggest that you follow up with your local office because you should have received payment for your son by now.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Queen,

    It can take from two weeks to a month or more for payment to start after the update interview.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gege,

    I suggest that you contact the local office right away to find out whether they have received the information from the state. If so, file a dire need statement to request expedited offset of the public assistance against the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) so that back pay can be released. If you are told that SSA is waiting for the state to send the public assistance figures, follow up to your public assistance office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Alisha,

    Hopefully, you filed an appeal within sixty days of the date your benefits were terminated. If not, you will have to file a new claim. The only exception would be if you were unable to because of being in the hospital or some other reason beyond your control.

    If you appealed and are not receiving benefits while the appeal is being processed, you may be able to get attorney representation. When you hire a Social Security attorney, you do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount the attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your back pay.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lynny,

    You should have received both by now, the one-time payment on about January 24 and the monthly payment of February 1.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Stephanie,

    The first installment of your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay should have been received by now. I suggest that you follow up with your local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Candace,

    I have not heard of a local office being able to release full back pay. The back pay has to be authorized by a benefit authorizer in the payment center. Emergency advance payments can be made, but they are usually limited to the amount of one month’s benefits and are made to people who have not started to get the monthly benefits. What you can do is go to the office to submit a statement of dire need (if you are in dire need) for the local office to send to the payment center. Dire need would be homelessness or danger of losing housing, inability to get urgently needed medical care, and the like.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Beverly,

    It appears you were allowed to appeal late, so if your son is determined to have been disabled throughout, he should receive benefits back to when benefits were terminated.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Marie.

  • Dear Matt,

    Given that Social Security contacted your payee about the misdirection of payment, they must have received the funds back already. If so, you should receive them within ten days. If you don’t follow up again.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sidney,

    Your attorney will receive a fee from both benefits, Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income. The order in which the attorney fees are processed can vary. Because you have a specific question about whether the fees were withheld, I suggest that you contact your Social Security office for clarification.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Marie,

    You have received conflicting information. The simplest solution would be to check both the mail and the card for the February benefit. Your other option is to contact Social Security to find out how it will be sent.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Melissa,

    If you provided direct deposit information, the second payment may have gone to the bank. If not, I suggest that you contact Social Security to report non-receipt of the January benefit.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tisha,

    Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) will not be paid until the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is paid and the SSDI back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI paid for months that the two months overlap. The SSI will not be paid until you have a financial update interview. I suggest that you either call for an appointment or go into the office. Take proof of your alimony and rent including that the rent includes utilities. You will be asked to explain how you have been paying for food because $15 a month will not cover food.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Steven,

    Yes, you will receive the remainder of your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay. Now that you are no longer eligible for SSI, you can request that the remainder all be released now.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Whatamoniker,

    ABLE accounts can be set up if you became disabled before age twenty-six. Deposits are limited to $14,000 a year. The funds will not count toward the SSI and Medicaid resource limit. Use of the funds in the account is limited to purchases related to your disability. Information about Able accounts and SSI is available at at https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-11005.pdf.

    How trusts are treated related to SSI depends on the type of trust, and treatment of withdrawals depends on the type of trust and to whom and for what purpose the withdraws are made. The impact of a trust on Medicaid can be different than on SSI benefits. Because trust law is complicated and SSI rules related to trusts are extensive and detailed, I suggest consulting with an estate attorney about the best approach for you. One reference for information about trusts and SSI can be found at https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-trusts.htm. More detailed information is available in Social Security’s procedural manual, POMS, in provisions about SSI Resources. https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/subchapterlist!openview&restricttocategory=05011.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Leslie,

    The status you refer to only says that a decision was made. It does not tell you whether you were denied or approved.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Yessenia,

    Funds may be deposited to the account within a couple weeks or up to a month or more.
    Money in a dedicated account can only be used for certain specific things that are related to the child’s disability, such as medical treatment, education, job training, special equipment or housing modifications, or in-home care needed due to disability. It cannot be used for food, clothing, or shelter with the exception of protecting the child from homelessness or malnutrition. Special permission would have to obtained before spending the money for shelter or food. The payee must account for and prove the use of all funds withdrawn from the account.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gail,

    A Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment in mid-month would be back pay. Monthly benefits are paid on the first of the month or the last business day before the first if the first falls on a weekend or holiday.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mary,

    If the grandson is a minor child and more than six months benefits are due, the back pay will go into a Dedicated Account with restricted uses and will not be available to repay you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Chris,

    January 16 is a banking holiday after a weekend, so see what the Tuesday overnight computer run brings. If the money is not in your account by January 18, I suggest following up with the representative.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Stephanie,

    I don’t know the cause of the delay, so I don’t know how long you may have to wait. I suggest that you follow up with your local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Saundra,

    Benefits are not sent together with letters. With few exceptions Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back benefits are paid in up to three installments six months apart. The first two installments are limited to $2,205 each. The first installment is usually paid within a month after the first monthly payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Rodney,

    You should have received payment by now. I suggest that you call Social Security at 800-772-1213 to find out whether payment has been started and perhaps gone astray. If not and if you don’t have payment by the end if the month, I suggest that you ask the local office to send an inquiry to the payment center pointing out the long wait and requesting payment. The communication may or may not speed up your claim, but it can’t hurt. Then if benefits are not received in February, ask your congressperson’s office whether they will follow up for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Timothy,

    It is unlikely that anything would show up before the action was taken to release the funds.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Timothy,

    The representative gave you a time frame indicating a reasonable period of time for their office. If you don’t receive the last of the back pay in the seven to ten days that were quoted, return to the office to follow up. Arriving fifteen minutes before opening time and waiting in line will shorten your over-all wait time.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Carrieonia,

    Probably the three to five days is the amount of time for the representative to process the information you provided and authorize payment. Then allow additional days for the payment to either go through the banking system for direct deposit or through the postal system–so another three to five days.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Catherine,

    The notice of increase is an automated letter sent out to all SSI recipients when there is a cost-of-living adjustment and it may have been triggered before the computer input to close your claim. That said, I suggest that you and your payee go to your local office with the conflicting letters and have your claim reviewed to see what the situation is.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kelly,

    Processing times are largely unpredictable. I suggest that you call the claims examiner at the Disability Determination Services (DDS) to request a status report and a rough estimate of when a decision will be reached. Maybe the inquiry will bring the claim back under active review if it is not currently.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Conswala,

    I suggest finding out the contact information for the office that is doing the review and faxing a dire need statement with the specifics of the eviction process that is going on. Hopefully that will speed things up so that your medical approval can be confirmed. You could then contact your local office to see whether you could get an emergency advance payment. (Getting regular Supplemental Security Income [SSI] payments started will take up to about a month; Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) may take two or more.

    In the meantime if you got an approval letter, try showing the first page to your landlord. If back pay is due as indicated by past dates, that will demonstrate that you will have a lump sum payment you can use to catch up the rent.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Nicole,

    I would expect that it will be a couple months before you receive the payment, which is calculated and authorized from a central payment center.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Ann,

    Your mother would have been screened for a Social Security Disability (SSDI) application when she applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unless she received a denial letter because she did not have enough work, it is very likely that she also has a pending Social Security claim. I suggest that she call Social Security to check on the status.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Michele.

  • Dear Thomas,

    I believe that the state will be repaid for your general relief assistance for all the months that the agreements cover and that SNAP benefits do not have to be repaid; however, I suggest that you double check this will your state social services office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jennifer,

    Allow at least five days for mail time, plus however much time it takes the office to finish processing your child’s claim and authorizing payment. This could be a few days or a month or more depending on workloads in the office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Paula,

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart. The first two cannot exceed $2,205.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Michele,

    If your work history is sufficient to insure your family for dependent benefits, your child will receive Social Security dependent benefits on your earnings record. You can compare your primary insurance amount (PIA) to your maximum family benefit (FMB);and if the FMB is more than the PIA, dependent benefits will be payable. Estimates of these figures appear on your earnings statement, which is available for viewing on http://www.ssa.gov.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sha,

    It often takes a month for SSI benefits to start after the update interview and two holiday closures have occurred since your interview. If you haven’t received payment by January 15, you could visit the office to get a status report.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Julie,

    Sometimes payment begins before the award letter is received. If you were approved for SSI (Supplemental Security Income), not SSD aka SSDI, your benefits will be authorized by the local office. If you were approved fairly quickly so that no financial update is needed, you may receive a first monthly benefit on February 1.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Minnie,

    Monthly payments can start within two weeks to a month or more after the interview and requested documents are submitted. Back benefits are paid in up to three installments, the first two of which cannot exceed $2,205. Usually the first installment of back pay is paid within a month after the monthly benefits start, although occasionally the back pay will be paid first.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Anastasha,

    The check will not be valid until January 3, so I doubt you can cash it before then.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sha,

    I suggest that you clarify with the representative what she meant by “everything went through.” Did she mean everything was sent to the Disability Determination Services (SSD) for review? If so, it could take two months or more for a medical decision to be made on the claim. If she meant your son was approved medically and everything was input into his computer claim record, payment should have been received by now.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kendra,

    Follow up with your local office to request release of the balance.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Ella,

    If by “disability” you mean Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and you received the October 16 approval in a letter not verbally at the hearing, you should have been contacted by the local office to give a financial update so that SSI could be paid. If you were approved for SSI, because so much time has passed, I suggest going to the office to provide the information. Take proof of your income and assets (bank statements, etc.) from the date of your application to present. Social Security will not be paid until the SSI is paid.

    If you were approved only for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) and you have not received payment by the end of January, you can ask your local office to send a follow-up message to the payment center although it may not speed anything up.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Johngerlene,

    The doctor has up to three weeks to submit a report; then the report will be reviewed and the rest of the evidence likely re-reviewed. So, it usually takes a month or two for a decision and sometimes takes longer. If you don’t have a decision by the end of January, you might call the claims examiner for a status report.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Kathy, and thank you.

  • Dear Sha,

    Benefits could start in a little over a week to a month or more depending on how busy your local office is. It may be in the longer range because of holiday closures and vacation time that many employees take around the holidays.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lindsey,

    All months for which you were paid benefits count towards the two-year Medicare waiting period.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Hesinsan,

    I suggest that you file an appeal on the denial of Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB), which are paid to disabled adult children, even though you are outside the appeals period. On the appeal forms request acceptance of a late appeal on the basis that you were unable to appeal within the time frame because your disability, which was confining you to your home and making you mentally incapable of taking care of business.

    If the late appeal is accepted, you have the possibility of being approved for CDB benefits on your mother’s earnings record. (The prior benefits you received were paid because you were a minor child in some months that your mother was eligible.) The reason that you need to appeal is that you have to prove that you became disabled before age twenty-two. Because you were over age twenty-two when you were denied, you cannot claim that (disability before age twenty-two) again. You can only appeal. It is hard to get a late appeal accepted, but if you could get a statement from a physician and/or statements from relatives or friends supporting that you were housebound and not mentally capable of appealing (by phone, for example), there’s a chance. For that reason, it is worth the effort. The appeal form is an SSA-561 and needs to be submitted with an SSA-3341 and SSA-827. All the forms are available from hotlinks on the SSA webpage https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-561.html.

    The “other” application is likely for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability and/or for Social Security Disability on your own earnings record. The latter is possible only if you have six quarters of work credits, which you may not given that you have been unable to hold a job. The former, SSI, does not require work credits and is paid to disabled individuals who have income and assets below a certain level. I suggest that you pursue SSI while you try for a late appeal acceptance.

    If your appeal is accepted, I recommend that you request a copy of your claim file to see the exact reasons for denial and that you hire an experienced Social Security attorney to assist with the appeal. When you hire a Social Security attorney, you do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount the attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your back pay.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear JJ,

    Your child’s claim will undergo a medical review which typically takes two to five months. No benefits will be issued until the medical review has been completed and it has been determined that your child meets the childhood disability criteria. The only exception would be if they determined presumptive disability for payment of provisional payments while the medical review is fully completed. If presumptive benefits are payable, you would have been told. If so, you should receive them within a month after the interview.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jessica,

    Usually monthly benefits are started before the first installment of back pay is released. I suggest calling Social Security to find out whether an issue date shows up for the back pay. You might also contact a food bank or churches in your are for food and the fire or police department to find out whether there are any toy drives you could access (assuming your son is young enough for toys). If you do not get food stamps already, there’s a remote chance you could get emergency assistance from the food stamp office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kathy,

    In most geographic areas, you would have had your financial update interview by now; the wait would not be two months for the interview. If you have been talking to the call center, you might try contacting the local office or visiting the office and asking to see your claims representative or a supervisor if the representative is not available. Take with you the approval letter, all your bank account statements back to when you applied, all the addresses you have lived at, and proof of all the income you have received since you applied.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sha,

    Your child’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit will be $733 for months in 2016 and $735 for months in 2017.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sha,

    The length of time between notification of medical approval and being asked to update financial information can be as little as a day and as much as two weeks or more. If you are not contacted within, I recommend following up with the local office and asking for an appointment date.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Nessa,

    If your son is age eighteen or older, you can use the money for anything he needs. If he is a minor, the law requires that when more than six months benefits are due, the back pay has to be deposited directly into to a Dedicated Account and the usage of the money is restricted to education, vocational training, or medical needs related to his disability.

    If you are paid any of the back pay directly and have not been instructed to set up a Dedicated Account with it, you should be able to purchase a bedroom set with it. If all the back pay goes into the Dedicated Account, you may be able to get permission to purchase a bed frame and mattress if you son does not have a bed or his bed is in bad condition. You would likely need a statement from his doctor on why his need for a bed is related to his disability.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Mrs.K

    I was recently approved for both SSI and SSDI will I be getting back pay from both or just one. How long do it take for you to receive your back pay. I was approved this month. I also want to know how long do it take to receive a debit card through them.

    • Dear Mrs. K.,

      The Supplemental Security Income (SSI), will be paid first. If it has been a few months or more since you applied, you will need to provide a financial update to the local office before payment is calculated. If you have not been contacted within two weeks, contact the office to request an appointment for the interview. SSI is usually started within a month of that interview with the first monthly payment and the back pay issued within a month of that..

      Your Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) will start about six to eight weeks or perhaps more after after SSI has been paid; most SSD back pay will be released about two months later. The SSDI back pay will be offset (reduced) by the amount of SSI back benefits paid for months of overlapping eligibility.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dear Sasha,

    If a dedicated account is applicable, the letter should specifically reference a dedicated account. Otherwise a “separate account” could just mean an account in your son’s name that shows you are representative payee so that his funds are not co-mingled with yours. Nonetheless, I suggest that you find out from Social Security what is required because the amount of his back pay, $7,339, is high enough to usually require a dedicated account.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mrs. Z.,

    You can request waiver of collection of the overpayment based on its not being your fault (you were a minor and didn’t receive the benefits directly) and that you cannot afford to repay. For example, you need back pay due to pay mortgage or rent or utilities that are in arrears or property taxes that are due or for medical co-pays for needed medical treatment. If the waiver is denied, you can request that the overpayment be collected a bit at a time rather than all at once.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Victoria,

    It takes a few overnight computer runs for the authorization to leave Social Security, get processed through the Treasury Department and through the banking system. If you do not have the funds by tomorrow, Monday, I suggest calling the call center at 1-800-772-1213 to see if the funds have been issued. If not, follow up to the local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lanisha,

    It can take a month or even two to get a decision after a consultative examination.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jasmine,

    You may be able to get the advance if the car is needed to take your son to medical appointments. You may be asked to itemize the purchases you made with the first installment when you ask for the second. (If not, you will have to report use of funds with your annual representative payee report. The back rent is reasonable and Christmas gifts for your son also, but if you bought gifts for other people out of your son’s money, that could be misuse of funds unless perhaps your son is giving a small gift to siblings. With regard to the refrigerator, if you are renting as you indicate, you may be questioned on why you bought a refrigerator; appliances usually come with a rented dwelling and have to be replaced by the landlord.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Marie,

    Yes, your claim will be or has been sent for a review to determine whether you are disabled according to Social Security law. As part of the review, you will be asked to complete medical and work history questionnaires, if you have not already done so.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Johanna,

    I would expect the direct deposit to be set up in time for the January benefit. You should have the back pay by the end of the month; if you don’t, I suggest following up with the local office.

    Hiring a reading specialist would be an educational expense and expenditures for education are allowed; therefore, you do not have to get advance approval. Just be sure to keep the specialist’s invoices and cancelled checks or other receipts so that you can prove the use when you are asked to account for use once a year. You can read about Dedicated Account usage at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear James,

    Back pay is not always paid before the first month’s benefit and sometimes first benefits paid are paid via paper check. I suggest that you call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and ask which of the two payments is showing as the next payment. They may be able to tell you how it was paid. You can also get a phone number from the call center to follow up on the status of the DirectExpress card. By the way, the January benefit should be in the post office box on December 30 because the 1st is on a weekend.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Natasha,

    If your daughter’s claim has been pending for several months, you will be asked to provide updated financial information before benefits are calculated and paid. After you supply the information, it typically takes from two weeks to a month for benefits to start and sometimes longer. If you have not been contacted within ten days, call the local office to see if they need any financial information from you to set up payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Marie,

    Most SSI claims are paid within a month of the update interview, some within a couple weeks.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Charadal

    Dear kay i got approved for ssi i went in for my income verification and i turned in the forms needed with my direct deposit slip on dec 2 when should my back money come i havent recieved anything

    • Dear Charadel,

      Processing times vary from office to office, but you should receive payment some time this month. If you do not, I suggest following up.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Arkena

    Dear Kay,

    My son was approved for ssdi on Nov. 23, 2016 and I was called and told to open an dedicated account on the same day (which I did on the 29th) for his back pay. I received his first disability check on Dec. 1. How long will it take me to get his back pay?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Arkena,

      You will likely receive the back pay this month. Note that money paid to a Dedicated Account is restricted in use. You can read about allowable uses online at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140. One exception to the prohibition agaisnt using the dedicated funds for shelter is if your child is homeless or in danger of being homeless, you might be able to get permission to use some of the money to get into housing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Sorry to interrupt but I didn’t know how to start a new trend . But my son was approved for ssi and it was determined that he will receive his 2199 December 2 in the mail but he hasn’t received it YET. how long will it takes for it to come to my house . When I called the ssi place they told me it been mailed off since the 30th

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Tenesly,

          The rule of thumb is five days, but we are currently in Christmas mail conditions, so it could take longer.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

        • Tensley what is the said phone number to check about my baby funds

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Louise,

            I think that your post has several typographical errors in it, but I think that you are asking for a phone number to check the status of your child’s benefits. If that is the case, a number you can call is 1-800-772-1213.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Mrsj

        Hello Katy,

        If my auxiliary beneficiaries are due retro pay and there is an overpayment on my record will they take it if I have a payment arrangement in place? If so is there anything I can do to prevent this?

        Thank you.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Mrsj,

          The repayment agreement set up with Social Security should prevent collection of the children’s benefits for the overpayment.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Hello Kay Im not sure if im doing this correctly but last month i recieved a call saying my son had been approved for ssi i just needde to turn in my income and information about my car payment ( which i really didnt understand) but anyway i had to turn this in by nov. 18 but i have yet to hear anything else from them , i did however recieve a letter from mediciad saying they approved him for medciad due to ssi approval.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Sussie,

          Your son has been medically approved for benefits. The amount he is paid depends on your and his income. The financial information you submitted has to be reviewed and entered into your son’s claim record and payment has to be authorized. If you haven’t received a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) award letter with benefit amounts and dates or payment by the 18th of this month, I suggest that you contact the local office to get a status.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Jessica

      I gotten approved for my child ssid back in Oct 2016 i turn everything in and also opened my child an account.My case worker said i should be recieving a letter in two week.It is now Dec tbe 6 and i still haven’t gotten a letter or my child’s back pay.They suppost to pay me 1 year and 8 months worth.I haven’t received anything and every time i call they said the letter was sent out.What should i do now?

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Jessica,

        If possible, visit the local office and request a replacement letter. If the letter was issued as much as ten days ago, you should also have gotten a payment. If payment was sent out and not received, report non-receipt and request reissuance of the payment.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • tavanna

    Hello Kay!! My son got a favorable decision on oct 6 for 3 yrs back pay … From Jan 2014 til april 2016 we lived in south carolina and from april til present we now stay in georgia.. case worker in sc says she no longer has jurisdiction to the case. So how will my backpay be paid and calculated now. she had already sent my notice of award and i already got dedicated account open. In the process of sending her account info for dd she told me she couldnt bc i stayed in georgia now..

    • tavanna

      and can i request more for his first installment since i have no car and we are stayin in a hotel and my phone is off

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Tavanna,

        Because you son is due more than six months benefits, his back pay will go into a Dedicated Account with use restricted to medical, educational and rehabilitative services and the like. You might be able to make a case under the Emergency Exception provision for homelessness.Research how much it will cost to get into an apartment that you will be able to afford ongoing (rent and utility deposits, first and last month’s rent and basic furniture if needed (beds, dining table, chairs). Then make a written request for permission to use a portion of the funds for those things. If you are told that you can, ask for the permission in writing and keep it as part of your permanent record. You can read about Dedicated Accounts in Social Security’s POMS regulations online at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Robert Meyers

          Hello Kay, my name is Bobby. I started receiving SSI due to a seizure disorder caused by a TBI(traumatic brain injury). I was awarded back pay as well and received my first back payment in August 2016. They said I would receive it in three installments, the first being $2199 and the last two would be around $5250. I just lost my home due to the owner’s selling the property and am currently staying in a hotel with no car, no phone and no means to keep paying the weekly rate!! I desperately need your advice and help!!! Can I or how can I ask for or request help to receive the rest of my back payments in full or partial of it so I can find another place to live and purchase a vehicle so I can get to my Dr.’s appointments???? How long does or would it take to get it???? I currently reside in Washington and do not understand how to do this due also to a learning disability!!! Please respond to this asap please, I need your help……Thank you.

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Robert,

            Research how much it will cost you to get into an apartment (deposit, first and last months rent, etc.) Take that information to Social Security and request early release of that amount of back pay.

            You can also try to get funds released to buy a car to get to medical appointments, but it may be harder than getting money for housing. If you decide to request funds for a car, be prepared to explain why you can’t use whatever form of transportation, such as public transportation, you have been using up to present. You also need to research how much the car and insurance will cost so you have a specific figure to request.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Edel

        Hello Kay, I’m sorry I did not know how to add a comment so I hit reply.
        My son was awarded and I had already received part of his back pay on Nov 7 and he got his first monthly check on Dec 1. How long does it take for all his back pay to be deposited . He has a lot of medical bills that even with the first back check didn’t cover .

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Edel,

          Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart. The first two cannot exceed $2,199 unless an exception applies. You might be able to get payment as an exception to pay back medical bills especially if the money owed is interfering with your son getting current care. You can try taking the unpaid bills to Social Security and requesting early release to pay them. Be sure to keep receipts to prove how all the back pay was spent.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

        • hi kay, i recieved my son retro pay june 23,2016 is next installment is in december when will i recieve the second installment

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Sharee,

            You should receive the second installment sometime this month but not necessary at exactly six months (i.e., the 23rd). If you have not received the payment by the end of the month, I suggest that follow up with your local office.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Tavanna,

      Your local office in Georgia will be responsible for calculating and releasing payment. Wait about a week or ten days and then visit the Georgia office in person to be sure that everything you submitted in South Carolina has been transferred and that your child’s claim is under review for payment. If you can’t get to the office, call the rep in South Carolina and ask for the local office’s number so you can be sure everything is on track.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Tavanna

        Thank you!! And if i were to ask for advance payment can it be more than the 2199 that im about to recieve

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Tavanna,

          Advance payments are limited to one month’s benefits.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Jeane Freeman

      Hi Kay…I live in Arizona and was bench approved 4 SSD on August 4th 2016 (I don’t qualify 4 SSI due 2 husbands income)…my initial file date was 12/2013. It’s been 4 months and I have not received any letters or money. Please advise.

      Thanks in advance.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Jeane,

        I suggest calling the hearing office to learn where your claim is in the post-hearing process. It won’t speed anything up, but it will provide a bit of information. You can also ask for an estimate of how long it might be before you get a decision.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Latrece Farr

    Hello Kay, my son was approved for back pay from his dad applying for disability on October 27th 206. It was received my the payment processing center on November 4th 2016. How long should I expect to receive my lump sum? I haven’t received a letter or anything regarding how much it will be. And when I try to contact my local office I never get a response. And when I call Social security 1-800 number they never give me any clear answers. I am located in Missouri

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Latrece,

      It will take at least a month and possibly as many as three for benefits to start. If benefits are not received by the end of January, ask the local office to send an inquiry to the payment center; you will probably have to go to the office to accomplish that.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Hi,

        I’m sorry do not know how to start my own. I have been approved and is at the payment center. They have confirmed that 2 of the 3 part process is complete to be put into pay status. What ate the steps at the payment center? And how much longer?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Tiffany,

          I do not know the specifics of the payment center process or how long it will take, but it sounds as if your claim is down to the final authorization process.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Michelle

        Hi Kay I had a question. I applied for ssi benefits for my son in July. He was medically approved oct 26. I never received a letter or anything. I found out over the phone. I had a payee interview with my local office nov 11. I still never got anything in the mail. But I did receive a direct express card today. Any idea what’s going on and when I should begin receiving his benefits? Thanks

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Michelle,

          As you describe the process on your son’s claim, I would expect you to get an award letter this month and for your son’s first monthly payment for January to be paid on December 30, the last business day before January 1. You might or might not get the back pay in December; if not, it should come in January.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • I am supposed to get full back pay from ssi. I called and they said 2199 will be paid first. I am confused. I am no longer eligible for ssi. I will be getting ssd. My interviewer said I would be paid full amount. So what going on and how do I fix it. I am vel.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Vel,

        Given that you are no longer SSI eligible, the full back pay should be released. However, it is possible that the installment payment was authorized and in the pipeline to be paid before the determination was made that you could receive the full amount. I suggest that you contact the representative who interviewed you to find out whether issuance of the remainder of the back pay is scheduled.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Kay,
    My boyfriend of 10 years has applied 4x. They never really did anything correctly until this last time with examiners. He is paranoid skitzophrenic, bipolar, depressed, and alot of anxiety. We were told that we should receive a letter in 7-10 days after having waited 7 months. He needs a payee, and i am unsure when I should call to apply to be his payee. Should I wait to find out that he is approved? He doesn’t even like calling them because he is afraid.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Veryanxious,

      Usually, Social Security will not take a payee application until the applicant is medically approved. As soon as he is notified of medical approval, you can apply assuming Social Security determines he needs a payee.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Hello Ms Kay,
        Sorry to jump in on this convo but I didn’t know where to start my own. Well my question is i received my sons first payment for supplemental security income on the 1st of November I was just wondering when will his back money be released? Oh and by the way im in Norfolk, Virginia if that matters at all.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Ruby,

          If you have not received back pay by the end of the month, I suggest following up with your local office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Hello Ms Kay I still haven’t received the back money for my son and I do consider this to be the end of the month and when I call my local office I always get a different response from the representatives. The guy that is handling my case don’t even answer calls or e-mails. The last Rep that I talked to said that my case was pending what does pending mean when it comes to SSI and what can allow your case to be pending? And like I told you in other post I did already receive his first payment on Nov 1st 2016. Thanks in advance for your advice.

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Ruby,

              Pending means that not all the initial actions have been taken on your son’s claim. Presumably, it is pending because the back pay has not been released. If you are able to, you could go to the office and ask the representative at the front desk to check with the representative who is handling your claim about what is still needed to release the funds and when he expected to do so.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

      • I was told by ssi interview that I was no longer eligible for ssi so my back pay would be paid in full. Now I called and they said 2199 was prossed to be released. What went wrong and how do o fix it.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Janelle,

          Given that you are no longer SSI eligible, the full back pay should be released. However, it is possible that the installment payment was authorized and in the pipeline to be paid before the determination was made that you could receive the full amount. I suggest that you contact the representative who interviewed you to find out whether issuance of the remainder of the back pay is scheduled.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Shawnna

      Dear Kay

      My son got approve for ssi he just got his first payment on the 1st I was just wondering when will he get his back pay they said once the temporary assistance I received for him during that time is paid back they will release the rest of the funds to me typically how long does this takes?

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Shawna,

        The amount of time it takes for public assistance reimbursement varies a lot from state to state. I suggest following up with the local office if you have not received the back pay within a month or six weeks.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Shawnna

          Okay I’m in new York city and it only been 1month since I got approved

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Shawna,

            I don’t know New York’s response times; I suggest that you ask the Social Security representative to give you an estimate based on their office’s experience.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Shawnna

        How long will it take to get my son back pay after welfare takes their portion

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Shawna,

          In theory, they should be able to release the first installment of back pay or all of it if the back pay is less than $2,199 right away after the state takes the action to be repaid.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • April

      Dear Kay:
      Please Help

      My child was approve medically for ssi on October 28. I had and interview on the 31 for my financial status and fave them everything they needed. She sent it to review. Now its Novermber 17,and it’s still in review. What does review mean,and when do you think my daughter will recieve her first payment?? Thanks in advance

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear April,

        Please see my response to your first post. The review consists of reviewing all the financial information, inputting it into the computer and authorizing payment.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Joel Lynn

    Kay,
    I was approved for SSI and just received my 4th payment. When should i receive my pack pay?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Joel,

      You should have already received your back pay. I suggest that you follow up with your local Social Security office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Ba

        Hi kay,
        I’m married with 3 kids and have applid for both ssi and ssdi. My wifev and i have not worked since my application. Assuming i get 733 for myself, do i get more for my wife even if she is not disabled and do I recieve extra ssi or ssdi to me for her and my 3 kids? I filed a year ago so my back pay should be big? And I’m behind on bills is it possible to get 8,000 or more in a lump sum to pay my debt, phone, car, rent, etc? And do i ask them or have to do paperwork and provide documents to prove and what documentation would be required? Plz help. Thank you for your time.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Ba,

          If your work record is strong enough, your children will be eligible for Social Security dependent benefits on your earnings record. Your wife will be eligible also if at least one of the children is under age sixteen.

          Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is paid first and back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart with the first two not exceeding $2,100. You can make a written petition to have more released. If you do so, you should add up how much you need released and provide copies of the bills to show how much each is in arrears. Social Security is paid after the SSI is paid and Social Security back pay is reduced by any SSI paid or due in installments for months that you are eligible for both benefits.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Aris

    Hi,
    I was approved for ssi and the interviewer told me when my back money is scheduled to be paid out (Nov 2). But she never told me when my monthly benefits would start. Do I get the back pay first or I will get my montly benefits on the first then the back money on the second? Is my monthly payment included in the back pay? Please help. Thank you

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Aris,

      Either situation is possible. You could receive a monthly benefit on November 1 for November and back pay through October on November 2 or your could receive only back pay through November on November 2. (If November benefits are not paid on November 1, they become part of the back pay.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Josh

    Hello Kay I’m wondering if I will get my back pay soon? Im already going to be getting my first check November 1st.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Josh,

      If you have not received your back pay by about November 20, follow up with your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Shalanda Patrick

    Hey Kay I was approved July 2016 I had interview on Oct 19 . there is a deposit made in my acount same day but no dollar amount wats going on she say ten days until money doo o that include weekends

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Shalanda,

      The “deposit” without a dollar amount is likely a reflection of the Treasury setting your account up for direct deposit. Unless the representative said “ten business days,” it should be calendar days. The time frame, however, was an estimate so it could be longer.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dear K you never answered my last post I went from my alj hearing on September 22nd the ve said can’t find me no work due to my disabilities on exiting the courtroom my lawyer which is well-respected told me that I won how long do I got to wait before I can get a letter or a check I am getting very nervous and have to pay all my bills and rent do you think I might see something by the end of October

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Stan,

      I do not find your original post. The guideline is for the judge to send you a decision letter withing sixty days after the hearing, but it can take less or more time. If you are approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you local office should contact you within ten days to two weeks for a financial update interview before they calculate and pay your claim. If you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), a central payment center will calculate and authorize payment, which may take a couple months. If you were approved for both SSI and SSDI, SSI will be paid first and the time frame to get paid SSDI will begin after the SSI paid.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Stan

        Dear K thank you for replying so fast since I didn’t get a phone call for financial review does that mean my decision is going to be denied was the ve and my lawyer wrong because it has been over a month now

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Stan,

          No payment action is taken until you have a formal approval letter from the judge. Accordingly, my explanation about payment actions taken by the local office and/or the payment center applies only after you have received an approval letter.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • B

    Hello I had a question I had my finical interview as well as signing up to be a payee last week Tuesday how long after will I receive a award letter my case was approved for ssi back in July signed up in February so I’m wondering when can I expect a letter and payments I believe everything is done but when

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear B.,

      Benefits should start less than a month after your interview and payee application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • B

        Hello again Kay I had another questions it’s been a little over three weeks still no letter or returned call I been calling the 1800 they tell me the same thing ask the same question but no help really do you think I wil get payment in November or I may have to wait longer

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Lostcity,

          Based on the information in your prior post, I would expect that you could receive your November benefit on November 1 and the back pay not too long after, but there are no guarantees.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • B

            Hello again Kay I called today and they told me the benifits was issued for November 1 my questions are will it come on the first or after since it is by mail another question is how long after that will back pay come do you think it will be that month

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear B.,

              Typically benefits that are sent mail for a regular monthly benefit are mailed earlier so that the post office can deliver them on the due date, in this case on the first. You should get the first installment of back pay up to $2,199 in November. If you don’t, follow up with the local office.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

      • Angela

        Hi I was wondering I went to my sons interview on the 13 but his claims rep had to pend something on the app but everything else went through he said he would call with a update on Monday but did not I called the 1800 today and they said it’s being worked on to call back on the 27th if I haven’t heard anything does that mean he’s not going to get his payment in November or his back pay

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Angela,

          It is getting late in the month for the November 1 benefit to be issued on time unless it is authorized in the next couple days; however, you could receive back pay in mid-month. At this point, you will have to wait and see. If you can help get the missing information that the claim was being pended for, I suggest that you follow up to see if it has been received.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • B

            Thank you I hope it is this month I been waiting for a while the worker has not returned my calls I am now starting to worry it’s been months since medical approval I still haven’t got a letter which is making me think this could take more then what I been told and also can benifits be used for housing and getting a car?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Lostcity,

              If the benefits are for your own disability, you can use them however you want.

              If the benefits are being paid for your child’s disability, which is the impression I got from your prior posts and the benefits are not paid to a Dedicated Account, you can use the money to secure housing or better housing for your child. A car may be more questionable unless it is not possible to get your child to medical appointments or school without one. It could be used for gas for trips related to meeting your child’s needs. If the money is paid to a Dedicated Account, the uses are restricted to medical needs, rehabilitation, and education. Any other uses have to be approved in advance by the Social Security Administration, and it would be best to get the approval in writing so that you can prove the expenditures were approved in advance should a question ever arise.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

              • Scared Single Mom Waiting

                Is it required by SSA to have the funds go into a Dedicated Account when it concerns children? I noticed above you said if it was or was not in one? Who determines that?

                • Kay Derochie

                  Dear Scared Single Mom,

                  This response is to both your posts. If all goes well, you monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments will start within a month to six weeks of medical approval.

                  Because more than six months of back benefits will be due, the funds will be paid in a single payment into a Dedicated Account. Prior to payment, the back pay will be reduced by the amount of county assistance paid for your disabled son. Dedicated Accounts are restricted in use to medical, educational, and rehabilitative expenses. Any other use needs to be approved by the Social Security Administration. It is possible that you might be able to get permission to use the money for child care for him so that you can work especially if the childcare could provide his transportation to school is needed. If you try to get funds released for this purpose, I suggest you make the request in writing and, if approved, request the approval in writing in case any question comes up in the future.

                  Sincerely,
                  Kay

                  P.S. 11/4/16: Benefits paid into a Dedicated Account may be paid in installments.

          • Thank you for your help with answering my questions

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Angela.

      • Hello i received a letter for my son from ssi stating that they have made a favorable decision and they will call me the end of this month and also they need proof of income and other stuff regarding my finances. What does this mean?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear N.,

          The letter is telling you that your son has been medically approved for benefits and that before benefits can be calculated and paid, you need to submit proof of your family’s income and assets back to the month that you filed the original application that has just been approved on appeal.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Emily

      Hi Kay. I have a question. I applied in march 2016 for SSI for my child. He got approved August 2016. I went last week October 14th 2016 for payee interview and took all income proof in my household this Monday October 17tth 2016. How back will benifits for my child be covered?? And how long after proof of income will it take for me to receive my child’s benifits?? Thank you

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Emily,

        Your child’s benefits will begin to accrue April 2016 unless you applied on the first of March in which case benefits will begin to accrue March 2016. Depending on how busy your local office is, it can take from a little more than a week to a month or more to get benefits started after you have submitted all the requested documents.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Mikaela

          Hi kay. Applied for ssi in march. Income interview oct. 20. First back payment made on oct. 21st. When will the payment (direct deposit I believe) be I’m my acct? & why have I not received a award letter but online says I’m receiving ssi and first payment Nov 1st?

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Mikaela,

            The online information is telling you that you will receive a payment on November 1. The letters sometimes come out after the payment; you should be receiving a letter within about a week.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  • Melissa Allen

    I finally just got an award letter after reconsideration. I’m a little confused and was unable to call SSI since it was a Federal Holiday. They have that they will be sending a fee to a representative which when I spoke to SSI they told me to write a letter stating I wanted to remove the company that was on file. Which I did after the appeal. They were of no help the first time and never contacted me throughout, long story short I wrote the letter along with a medical update and mailed it out to the local SSI office in July. Now on the award letter it still has them listed and getting a fee? Also it tells me how much and when the first payment will be but don’t you get back payment from the time of initially filling? They have in the letter it stating I became disabled on Oct 2015 but the onset date is April 2016. However no mention of money for back payment? Would it be in the letter? This is all new to me and the few people I know on disability say they will give back pay from the onset date. If someone can shed some light on this and what I’m supposed to do with the representative thing I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
    Oh, and I just remarried would this effect my social security disability under my record when I report it? thanks

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Melissa,

      Marriage will not affect your Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI) benefits. Your spouse’s income and assets will be considered in determining your eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Payments amount will be listed in the award letters, not in the notice of medical approval.

      With regard to the representative, hopefully you kept a copy of the letter in which you dismissed the representative. You can resubmit it with a current letter asking that no funds be paid and listing the reasons why.

      Your statement about your date of disability is not clear. If you claimed October 2015, but April 2016 was established, benefits will be based on April 2016 because that was the date Social Security accepted. (You have the right to appeal the established onset date.) With a disability date of mid-April 2016, your Social Security will begin to accrue October 2016 with the payment due in November. (It might not be paid on time.) SSI will begin to accrue the later of May 2016 or the month after you applied.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Melissa Allen

        I finally just got an award letter after reconsideration. I’m a little confused and was unable to call SSI since it was a Federal Holiday. They have that they will be sending a fee to a representative which when I spoke to SSI they told me to write a letter stating I wanted to remove the company that was on file. Which I did after the appeal. They were of no help the first time and never contacted me throughout, long story short I wrote the letter along with a medical update and mailed it out to the local SSI office in July. Now on the award letter it still has them listed and getting a fee? Also it tells me how much and when the first payment will be but don’t you get back payment from the time of initially filling? They have in the letter it stating I became disabled on Oct 2015 but the onset date is April 2016. However no mention of money for back payment? Would it be in the letter? This is all new to me and the few people I know on disability say they will give back pay from the onset date. If someone can shed some light on this and what I’m supposed to do with the representative thing I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
        Oh, and I just remarried would this effect my social security disability under my record when I report it? thanks

        Thank You Kay so much for the explanation. I will check to see if I kept a copy of the dismissal letter, I know I have the other letter of the medical update saved that was mailed out in the same envelope but I fear I only saved that. I guess I will contact them tomorrow. Thanks again

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Melissa.

          • Hello Ms Kay, my name is Ruby and im also confused about a couple things. My son has just gotten approved for SSI and im the payee but I had my last interview with SSI on the Oct 5,2016 and on that day they told me due to the amount of back money i was getting i had to open up a bank account so that’s what I did I also e-mailed the guy that did my paperwork the papers he needed from the bank so they would know where to deposit the cash. I did everything on my end so now that im approved and got the amount im getting in back money and also how much I will be getting in monthly payments when should I receive this back money? Everyone I talked to had a different story. I just want a window of time so I will know. The guy that was handling my case never answers the phone so im just looking for an answer. Thank you in advance.

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Ruby,

              I would expect monthly benefits to start on November 1 and back pay to be paid either this month or next. If more than six months benefits are due, the back benefits will probably be paid into a Dedicated Account with limited restricted use. You can read about Dedicated Accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

              • Thank you Kay I appreciate it.

                • Kay Derochie

                  You are welcome, Ruby.

  • Aris

    Hi,
    I got a call from my local office and missed the call. The recording told me it was a interview to see if my living arrangement was still the same. While waiting on my hearing I became homeless. I was approved for ssi but was wondering being that I’m homeless will I not get the max pay? I still take care of myself and I don’t receive any help. What will I do.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Aris,

      If you have received shelter while homeless, the source paying for the shelter will determine whether or not there is a reduction in the months you received free shelter.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • dear kay
    i got a letter a few weeks ago stating that im disabled and tht it started in june of 2012 and i been looking itup and read that if it happened more then 17 month ago i get 12 months lump sum right away but i have no clue how much i would be reciving in disabilityn it didnt say anything about my ssi so maybe i was only abroved for disability do u know what the monthly income is for disability cuz i have no clue

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rose,

      You will have to wait until you get your award letter(s) to know the amount of your benefits. Each person’s Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefit is different because the amount is based on your work history before becoming disabled. If you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the maximum benefit is $733. The amount you actually receive is based on your income and living arrangements.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • ROSE VIEIRA

    dearb kay i called the office and they said a decision was made and that i will find out in 2 weeks she said she could tell me if it was denied or aprrroved so im kinda scared that they took my approval away can they do that and if its approved how long before i recive the money plz let me knw asap cuz i need to knw so i can tell my grandmother when i can give her rent money

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rose,

      If the quality review identifies an error in the processing of your claim that would change an approval to a denial or a denial to an approval, the original decision will be changed. If you are approved, it will likely take close to a month to get benefits after you get the letter.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Ms.Stephanie E.

    Hello, a quick question, my son is now 20 he was approve by phone for SSI, and was told I would have to be the Appointed Payee. The rep called September 7, 2016, ask a few question and said he should recieve his first check within 15 days along with a Direct Express Card but nothing has arrive but a letter stating If you’re approve this is the person who is responsible for monitoring your benefits. I ask her about Medicaid and she said yes but nothing in mail just yet , I’m confuse about the approval. I called SSI Thursday, and they said the case is pending and she couldn’t tell me why. They went back as far as March of last year. But she say it looks like approval, she couldn’t tell me anything. I ask her should I come in and she said just give it a few months. it been 2 years now. WhT does this mean did he get approve and when will he recieve an award letter.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ms. Stephanie,

      “Pending” in the situation you describe probably means that your son’s claim is waiting for the representative to have to time to do the necessary computer input. If you do not receive payment by the last week in October, I suggest following up with the local office preferably in person.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Crystal

    I was told on the phone today that a decision was made on my sons case but they can not tell me on the phone and I needed to call my local office. So I called and my local office said the decision was made and they can not tell me over the phone. What does this mean? This was my first appeal and the deadline for the decision was October 28th I have been having trouble with my mail and not receiving it so I did not get the decision yet. Is there somewhere online or somewhere I can call to find out the decision?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Crystal,

      You will have to wait for the letter. If you have not received it within a week, I suggest that you go to the office and request a duplicate copy of the letter. Also, you might consider getting a post office box if your mail problems continue.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Barbra

    Hello Kay I recently went in for a interview for my son ssi and received a payee packet on one of the pages I notice there was a box with 430 written in the inside is that amount my son will receive if so how do I go about getting the full benifits I haven’t received an award yet yet so I’m a little confused

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Barbra,

      Without seeing the form, I can’t answer your question. Once you have an award letter with a benefit amount, if his benefit is less than $733, write to me again and I will try to respond.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Barbra

        It’s actually a request to be a payee packet . DO THEY EVER LIST BENIFITS in the payee packets for the person reciveing benifits we stayed in our place up until August we now rent a room inside a house for 200 a month I get my own stamps and currently self employed and based of what I told you how much do you think he will get thank you sorry this is a bit confusing

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Barbra,

          The payee packet will not include information about the amount of the beneficiary’s benefits. I cannot estimate the amount of the benefits because I don’t know how much you are earning and I don’t know whether $200 a month is fair market value for a room rental in your area.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Barbra

            Here Rooms start at 200 and up. I’m self employed make around 400 a month I don’t get anything else but stamps for me and my minor son

            • Barbra

              Also I had my interview a few days ago within these three days my living arrangements has changed I’m at a different address do I report that if so to who the person I did the interview with or just call the main number thank you

              • Kay Derochie

                Dear Barbra,

                This is response to your three posts of October 6 and 7. I would expect your child to receive the maximum SSI of $733. Report the change of address to the person who did the interview. Also, put in a change of address with the post office to be sure you get your mail in the event of the address not being changed correctly.

                Sincerely,
                Kay

                • Barbra

                  Thank you and sorry after I post I wouldn’t see it so I post again thinking I never posted but what month should I expect payments I did his application in February he was approved somewhere in July I had the phone interview last week no letter yet but I did apply to be his payee which I thought you could only do once for sure approved I never got a letter but thank you you been a big help Kay so glad I came across this site ????

                  • Kay Derochie

                    Dear Barbra,

                    It can take from a week to a month or more after the interview to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)benefits started. You will get a payee appointment letter, which you can use together with the check to set up an account.

                    Sincerely,
                    Kay

      • Bethany

        Dear Kay . I just approved for SSI had phone interview for the financial .. Onset and application date is March 4 2014 I was getting $197 a month til I had to go to work for a place to live I’m currently on hud .. I work from October 2015 to Aug 29 2016 I meet the wage requirements except 2 maths where I actually made over $1200 .. I was told today since I did not have a secure place to pay rent till now that will effect bsckpay I do know I will have to Pay social service and Attonery so I’m would like to know what my back pay would ?be she did tell me I would get $ a month 733.. Shld start Nov .. Also will they take those Two maths that o made to much money ? Also when figuring amount would they take out for not paying rent till march of this year ???

        • Bethany

          Also Kay to make sure you know where I got the $ 197 a month that was from Social Service

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Bethany,

            Please see my prior response. The assistance from social services will not reduce your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay; but as you mentioned, part of your back pay will go to repay them.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Bethany,

          In the months you received free shelter, your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit will be $488 in 2015 (slightly less in 2014 and 2015) reduced by any countable earned income received in the month. The first $65 gross wages and half of the excess will not count. This means that you will not be eligible in months that you made approximately $1,040 or more in 2016 and a bit less in prior years.

          If you were also approved for Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI), any month you earned $810 in 2016 ($780 in $2015 and $770 in 2014), will count as a Trial Work Period (TWP) month and full benefits will be paid. If you performed Substantial Gainful Activity after the end of the TWP (usually $ 1,130 gross in 2016; $1,090 in 2015 and $1,070 in 2014), you will not be paid for those months. It would be a good idea to clarify when your TWP ended, if it did, and, if so, when your thirty-six month Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE) ends because if you perform SGA after the end of the EPE, your claim will be closed. More information about the TWP and EPE can be found in the Red Book online at http://www.ssa.gov.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Kay

        I am gonna post again not sure where to put it. Going in for a review interview was found medically since but none medically they weren’t sure. I have to bring my kids life insurance cash value? What happens after this interview will I get approved how long after will payout happen or what am I really looking at after this step.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Kay,

          The interview is to determine your financial eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you are not married living with a spouse, your countable resource limit is $2,000. (The married couple limit is $3,000.) Depending on the type of insurance policies you own for children, you may or may not be within the resource limit. If you are approved, you could get payment within ten days after the interview; or if your office is very busy, significantly longer–a month or more.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Kay I got a phone call saying it was social security. Trying to contact me 816_936_3000.num goes to a weird recording. Is this a scam. Says he is from Kansas city no office. I’m scared. To give any info. I am newly approved. What could they want?

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Kitty,

        I called the number and listened to the recording, which essentially says whoever called you was from Social Security and will try to call you again, presumably because the person was not available. I suggest that you go to your local office with the phone number and ask them to call the number. Hopefully they can eitehr confirm that it is a Social Security office and a legitimate call or they may think it is a scam and will investigate.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • tiffany travers

    Once approved for ssi how long does it usually takes to get back pay?I got a call end of September saying my son was approved and I did the payee stuff and faxed everything now just waiting on back pay the social security guy I talked to said I will receive it in October but wanted to know if there’s usually a time frame people get it back in?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Tiffany,

      I would expect back pay to be paid within a month of the telephone interview or of the date your submitted anything that was requested, whichever is later.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Barbra

      Do you think my child will get the full amount our living situation has changed I’m currently renting a room for 200 no access to the house just a room I pay for our food with stamps I do not get any child support or other help besides stamps also I did the interview Tuesday how long will it take to get the award letter….

  • Jonathan Holden

    Hello. I have a question: I filed for SSDI and am awaiting approval, however, I did not apply for SSI, they sent me a letter that I was not approved for SSI because I never applied for it. Can I still apply for SSI?
    My second question is related to the first due to my lack of understanding in this; I have been on SDI for a year and has now ran out.
    Because getting a straight answer is so difficult in these matters, I am trying to figure out my options because I have bills building up, and I take care of my 3 kids.
    I am looking to just get pointed in the right direction.
    Thank you for your time.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jonathan,

      You can apply for SSI now that you no longer have SDI; however, SSI approval requires the same medical review as your SSDI claim and will not result in immediate payment. If you are approved for both, SSI might be paid a bit more quickly but can slow down payment of the SSDI. Depending on your assets, your family might qualify for Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) and SNAP (food stamps). You can apply for these in your local state or county social services office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jae lewis

    Good morning, I was recently approved for ssi and recieved my first payment for September. My living situation changed to homeless and I wanted to know how can I expidite my black pay in order to gain shelter for me and my child. And what is the maximum I can receive. The back pay amount is large and I’ve already been told it will be broken into 3 installments. But I haven’t received any word on when or how the process works.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jae,

      You can request expedited processing base on dire need (homelessness). Also, research the amount you will need to spend to get into appropriate housing for you and your child including utility deposits and basic furniture (table, chairs, beds) and household items if you don’t have them. If it comes to more than $2,199–the routine amount for a first installment–you can request that a larger amount be released to get you shelter.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Marie m

    hi kay i paallies for my too uear old daughter they found her disabled in April i got the back pay in middle off september being it was the middle i did the direct depoist and they said as november her beinifts are on there so im assuming for Oct the checks come out tomorrow for ssi i will be getting one in the mail and when i spoke to sirect express they told me she is on my card and her benifts start nov cause i got accepted in the middle of september bit got her back oay very fast and award letter and said as october she will recive 733$ a month im assumong thats the one that will b in the mail and like they said november will be automatically on the card with me i recive ssi my 15 year old rexives ssa feom his dad and now my 2 year old daughter recives ssi she is speexh impaired and has alot off delays so they let me keep my one card and put my kids on there being there minors and im the payee but i can hamdle one chexk xoming in the mail on the 30th bit direct depoist is the way too go she was approved medicaly august 21 and her case was closed they coukdnt find her papers so once they did they made a rush on it it was there error sitting in the office case close aprrved and i diidnt have my interveiw til sep 16 nwxr i recived her first backpay within a week then the 23$ a month from the state all 5 checks sometimes thwrw error makes things go quicker so now this is my frst check for my daughter coming out tomorrow in the mail and when i spoke to direct express being it was in the middle of the month they need 30 days she is on my card already i chexked but her first payment threw them will b november my? Is how come she coulsnt just get direct depoist this month if ahe is on my cars already so guess its not bad just getting one check in the mail then next month and the month after dont have too worry everything will be on a card thanks kay hope you can answer my ? Would appecaite it thank you

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Marie,

      The information you were given sounds correct. If the back pay was issued late in September, it would include October and the first monthly benefit would be November.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • ROSE VIEIRA

    dear kay i went to my ssi office to set up my direct deposit after being told i was approved so when i called to day to see when i will recive my firest check this lady named becky said my stuff was still pending and that i was randomly selsected to have a review witch i did at the office they lady there said i should get it in october then i called my case worker and found out shes not my caseworker any more so if my medical stuff still need to be reviewed she would still be my case worker but she said she was taken off when the disicion was made that i was approved so what should i do lient to the man that said i wont know anything til the 19th of nobember or the lady from the ssi office who said i will recive my frist check this october

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rose,

      I don’t know that answer to the conflicting information you are getting.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jennie

    My son gets ssi but not the full amount because they figured it in he don’t pay rent or for his food. how do I exactly figure out what he pays? I get food stamps and I try to use all that but we can easily run out. Do I include that in his groceries expense? Theres me and two kids in our food. But their grandmother lives with us but don’t eat with us.

    Also he usually can easily go through $200 in diapers, wipes, and pull ups where is that classified as? He goes to work with me so no real daycare just main stuff

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jennie,

      Please clarify a couple things so that I can respond. How old is your son? Is your other child a minor? Is the rent or mortgage in your name or his grandmother’s name?

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jennie

        My sons are 8 and 4. They are both minors. Our rent is $850 there is 4 people living here that are all on the lease including the 7 and 4 year old. And we have $100 in storage and garages. So far I have had each child pay $215.50 dividing the $850 by 4. When I went i person I didn’t feel like they really cared just told me to submit my expenses.

        Should I fill out a specific paper when I return it with their expenses? My kids really don’t have extra expenses besides gas to therapy. I’ just unable to work because of their ability to be in daycare. I do easily spend $200 a month on the 4 year olds diapers, wipes, and pull ups. If most of their food expense is covered by ebt do I count that or the actual cash amount I spend as their groceries?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Jennie,

          When you account for the children’s money, put down how it is being spent. Note that you can have each pay their share of the shelter utilities and food not covered by SNAP. Shelter utilities are power, heat, water/sewer, and garbage.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • ROSE VIEIRA

    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

      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

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

      • 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

          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

        • Caridad

          Hi sorry i replyed to your post did not know how to start my own as well. Hi kay i applied for ssi in may of 2016 and my child was awarded on oct 2016 will she get any back pay and also when should i expect it if so and also when will she start to recieve her first monthly payment after they verify my housebands income thank you

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Caridad,

            You should receive your child’s first benefit in less than a month after you provide the requested verifications. Any back pay usually follows that. If you have not been contacted by your local office for a financial update, contact them to find out what you need to submit to get payment started. Unles you have already submitted everything, there probably is not time for her to receive her monthly benefit on the first of December. Even if you have submitted everything, there’s no guarantee.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Kay

        How long after approvals does it take for benefits to hit the card ? Had my interview my daughter get her check on the 1St but nothing is there .. and how long does it usual take for back pay? Sorry first time filer I’m new to this whole ssi thing

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Kay,

          How long it will take to receive benefits depends a great deal on how busy your local office is. It could be about a week or as much as a month. When back pay is released varies due to the same reasons and can be a week or a month after the monthly benefits start.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Tiffany

      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

        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

        • April

          Hi Kay,didn’t know how to start a new comment so I hit reply.

          My daughter was medically approve for ssi October 28. I had my interview and gave her all of my income. She sent it if to be review. It has been in review fir two weeks now. What does this mean?

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear April,

            Probably the office is busy and your daughter’s claim is awaiting review. If you don’t receive payment by the end of November, I suggest following up.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Cherry

      Dear Kay how long does it take to get your direct express card after all info is giving

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Cherry,

        If you have been approved for benefits, you should have the card within about ten days.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • MICHELLE

    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.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Michelle,

      You will get an award letter and a letter indicating you have been appointed payee for your daughter. Sometimes the money is deposited a week or ten days before the letter arrives.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Kay Derochie

        You are welcome, Michelle.

  • Tee

    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

      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

  • peter guy

    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

      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

          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

  • Jerry

    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

      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

        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

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

          • Kay Derochie

            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

      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

    • Lori

      Hi Jerry, I’m in the same situation as you with student loans. Where was the answer to your question? I couldn’t find it.
      Thanks

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Lori,

        Here is my response to 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

  • Effie

    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

      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

  • Lesley

    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

      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

      • Lesley

        Thank you

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Lesley.

      • Do second installments back pay goes in mail or direct express account because i didnt receive it in my direct express account only my monthly payment please help me

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Nicole,

          The installment payments should reach you in the same way as your regular monthly payments. Installments can be paid any time during the month. If you haven’t received the second installment by the end of September, I suggest following up with your local office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Marie2010

    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

      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

  • Missy

    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

      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

  • Thanks

    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

      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

  • ROSE VIEIRA

    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

      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

      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

        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

  • ROSE VIEIRA

    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

      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

  • Anthony Badurina

    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

      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

        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.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Anthony,

          SNAP benefits do not cause a reduction in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits so the reduction is for free or subsidized housing.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Anthony Badurina

            Thanks Kay, Your the best.

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Anthony.

  • Joyce

    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

      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

  • rose vieira

    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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rose,

      Your questions were just answered.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Tasha

    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

      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

  • Shayla

    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

      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

  • rose vieira

    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

      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

      • ROSE VIEIRA

        thank you

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Rose.

  • dixie a worthington

    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

      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

  • Cherise

    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

      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

  • Nes

    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

      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

        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

          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

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

      • Kay Derochie

        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

      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

        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

          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

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Darla,

            Allow five to seven days for mail delivery.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  • Dave

    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

      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

      • Dave

        Thank you Kay. That’s exactly what I needed to know 🙂 You’re the greatest!

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Dave.

  • Kimberly

    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

      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

  • Leisa Eining

    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

      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

  • Jen

    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

      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

        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

          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

          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

            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

  • Jen

    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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jen,

      Please see my reply to your first post.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Betty jo

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Betty Jo,

      I do not see another post by you. Please post again.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Brandy Hottenstine

    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

      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

  • J

    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

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

  • Kesha

    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

      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

  • Jennie

    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

      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

        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

          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

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

        • Kay Derochie

          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

            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

              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

  • John

    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

      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

  • Danielle

    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

      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

      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

        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

  • Brian

    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

      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

  • Kelly

    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

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

      • Andrea

        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

          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

      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

        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

          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

  • Jason

    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

      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

  • JAY

    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

      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

  • Jennie

    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

      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

  • Christy

    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

      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

  • Jodie Jones

    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

      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

        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

      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

          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

  • Erica

    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

      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

  • Jennie

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

              You are welcome, Jennie.

      • Jennie

        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

          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

  • Bernice Douse

    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

      Dear Bernice,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jennie

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

            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

          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

            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

            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

              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

            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

              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

      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

        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

          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

  • Mark M

    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

      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

        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

          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

  • Indira solano

    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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Indira,

      I suggest that you call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and request an appointment to provide a financial update so that your child’s SSI payment can be calculated and released.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Indira solano

        Thank you…..I will do so tomorrow…

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Indira.

  • Mark M

    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

      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

  • Jennie

    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

      My state tax refund is $650.00

    • Kay Derochie

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

            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

              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

  • Desirae

    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

      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

  • Mark M

    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

      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

  • Mark M

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

              Dear Trika,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Kp

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

    • Kay Derochie

      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

        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

          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

  • Edgar Sandoval

    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

      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

  • Rickey

    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

      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

  • Lisa CLAY

    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!

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Lisa,

      Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and request a PERC interview. If you do not get a call within a week setting up an appointment, if possible go into your local office and re-request the interview.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Lisa CLAY

        Thank You Kay, I will do that.

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Lisa.

  • Crystal J. Pirner

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

        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

          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

        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

          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

  • Mark M

    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

      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

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

        • Kay Derochie

          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

            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

              Dear KP,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • Veronica aikens

            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

              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

        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

          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

  • Mark M

    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

      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

      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

        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

  • liz

    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

      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

  • Kimberlee Cordero

    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

      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

  • Amanda

    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

      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

      • Amanda

        Thank u.

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Amanda.

    • Latarsha Jenkins

      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

        Dear Latarsha,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • 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

      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

        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

          Also I first applied March 2015

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Kristina,

            Please see my response to your first post.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Kay Derochie

          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

            Okay thank you Kay !

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Kristina.

          • Kristina Blassingame

            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

              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

            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

              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

        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

          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

            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

            Thank u kay

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Jessica.

      • 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

          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

      • 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

          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

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Shon,

          Yes, you should report the decrease in hours and that you anticipate the job will end in July. Also submit copies of pay stubs for your actual earnings once a month.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Thankyou I will keep everyone posted on the outcome.

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Shon.

  • tap

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

    • Kay Derochie

      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

  • mercedes

    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

      i meant march 8 2016

    • Kay Derochie

      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

        so no check on the 1st of may?

        • Kay Derochie

          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

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

          • mercedes

            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

              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

  • lisa alcott

    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

      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

        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

          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

          • Lavonna

            Thanks alot kay

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Lavonna.

  • MRS MORGAN

    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

      Dear Mrs.Morgan,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Chris

    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

      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

        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

          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

        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

          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

  • Jay A.

    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

      Dear Jay,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Lavina

    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

      Dear Lavina,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • sabrina

        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

          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

  • Michelle

    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

      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

  • Samantha

    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

      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

  • Ivette

    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

      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

      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

        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

  • Lisa M Wolf

    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

      Correction it was may 2015 through December 2015for backpay

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Lisa,

        Please see my reply to your first post.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Kay Derochie

      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

        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

          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

  • Kelly Venier

    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

      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

  • Kelly Venier

    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

      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

  • 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

      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

        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

          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

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

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Tiffany, and thank you.

          • Kesha

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

            • Kay Derochie

              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

            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

  • Kinya

    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

      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

  • john

    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

      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

        You are welcome, John.

        • Lavonna

          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

            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

            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

              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

            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

              Dear Cristina,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

        • Tiffany

          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

            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

            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

              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

      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

  • Leamon D Hughes

    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

      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

  • Ana

    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

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

      • Kay Derochie

        I figured it out, Ana. Please see my reply.

    • Kay Derochie

      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

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Ana,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Ana

            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

              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

  • Suzanne

    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

      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

        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

          Dear Alyssa,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Steve

    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

      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

  • Johnnie

    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

      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

        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

          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

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Der July,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • July Copeland

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

            • Kay Derochie

              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

            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

              You are welcome, July.

    • Tamika

      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

        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

      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

        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

  • jennifer

    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

      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

  • Jasmine Correa

    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

      Dear Jasmine,

      Allow five days. Payment comes from the Treasury Department.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • christine cook

        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

          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

        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

          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

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Kathy,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • vincente hull

            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

              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

            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

              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

  • Chris Pierson

    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

      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

        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

          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

  • Teejai

    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

      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

  • Angelia

    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

      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

        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

          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

  • Jason croley

    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

      Dear Jason,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • P.Hudson

    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

      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

        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

          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

  • Christie

    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

      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

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      • Dadene

        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

          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

  • Kathy

    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

      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

  • shantika anderson

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

              Dear P.,

              The benefit should have come on the 24th.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • mrzdraia

            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

              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

          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

            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

        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

          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

            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

              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

        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

          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

  • Crystal Logan

    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

      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

        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

          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

  • Lori

    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

      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

  • NidrahP

    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.

  • Amanda Glover

    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

      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

  • Heather Hines

    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

      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

        Thank you.

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Heather.

          • Heather Hines

            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

              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

        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

          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

        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

          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

      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

        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

  • Is924@yahoo.com

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

            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

              Dear Sheara,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • maria robles

    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

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

    • Kay Derochie

      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

        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

          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

        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

          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

        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.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Sarah,

          Yes, with an August application, your son should be eligible for September.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Stephanie

      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

        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

  • Arlene martin

    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

      Dear Arlene,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Tim Joyner

    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

      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

      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

        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

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

          • Kay Derochie

            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

  • denita

    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

      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

  • Diana

    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

      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

  • Adrienne

    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

      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

  • Jessica burns

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

    • Kay Derochie

      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

        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

          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

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

            • Kay Derochie

              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

          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

        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

          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

            Dear Michelle,

            Please see my prior response.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Kay Derochie

          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

            Thank you!
            Take care,
            Michelle

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Michelle.

          • Roxy

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

            • Kay Derochie

              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

            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

              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

        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

          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

            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

              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

      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

        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

      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

        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

  • Nikki

    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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Nikki,

      Give it up to three business days before you follow up with the office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Keamadie Carter

    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

      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

  • SHEILA

    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

      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

  • Quin

    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

      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

        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

          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

  • edith

    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

      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

  • Betty

    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.

    • Betty

      not official *

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Betty,

      The guideline for the judge to make a decision is sixty days; however, some do take longer. You might call to see if the decision has been made and the appeal has moved to the letter writing department.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Betty

        thank you

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Betty.

          • Eunice

            Hello, my nephew was approved for ssi August 28,2105 and I got a call today from the ssi worker telling me that it was put in pay status, my question is when I will receive the back pay??

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Eunice,

              SSI back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart. The first two are limited to $2,199 and the first is usually paid within a month of the first monthly check being issued.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Malique

    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

      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

  • aurora

    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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Aurora,

      Please see my response to your first post.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • lupe

    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

      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

        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

          Dear Michelle,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Celena

            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

              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

  • Comina Massey

    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

      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

  • Robert B Crockett

    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

      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

        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

          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

        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

          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

  • 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

      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

    • 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.

      • 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

          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

        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

          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

  • Anastasia Wishon

    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

      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

  • Andrea

    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

      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

        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?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Austin,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Shelly

        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

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

          • Kay Derochie

            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

          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

          • Shelly

            How long it take get backpay after I give them banking info for dedicated acct

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Shelly,

              I would think that the money would be deposited within a month. Note that money paid to a dedicated account can be used only for certain things. You can learn more about dedicated accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • edith

    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

      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

        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

          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

        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

          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

  • Liv

    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

      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

  • Mike

    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

      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

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

        • Kay Derochie

          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

            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

              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

        Will backpay come on Direct express card

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Shelly,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Shelly

            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

              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

  • Ana

    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

      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

        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

          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

      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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Shelly,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Lynetta Jackson

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

            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

              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

  • yulmary

    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

      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

        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

          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

  • Kiki

    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.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Kiki,

      There is no reason to doubt the time frame the representative gave you; however, check your mailbox every day.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • yulmary

        I called again and was told I need to wait for them to contact me.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Yulmary,

          Well, it was worth a try. It would appear that your local office has a large backlog to process.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Andrea Browne

    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

      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

        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

          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

        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

          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

        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

          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

          • bbonita

            Thank u hopefully tomorrow I will keep u guys posted on my wait game

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome.

  • Tiffany

    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

      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

  • Roy Malachi

    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

      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

        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

          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.

            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

              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 can go to Social Security and apply to be your own payee and to present the letter from the doctor.

              Your benefits will begin the later of June 2013 or the month after you filed your application. I cannot predict how much you will receive. SSI pays from $1 to $733 depending on the amount of other income and non-cash assistance you are getting in the form of housing and/or food. It can take from a couple weeks to a month or more to get monthly payments started. Back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart. The first is usually paid within a month after the monthly benefits start.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Jhenny

    Hi, my son was approved for a back pay on May 7 2015 and still still today haven’t received it. I’ve went to the local office and spoke to the representative and he keeps giving excuses of how much work he’s had and he apoligize. He first said he will get on it, 2nd time 2 weeks and the 3rd time which was on the 10th of July 2015 he said to give him to the end of the following week. We’ll it’s now July 22, 2015 and yet nothing. I just don’t know what else to do.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jhenny,

      There really isn’t anything you can do except wait. Apparently, the representative was being forthright when he said he had a heavy workload, and it may be that most of his time is taken up in interviews and phone calls without sufficient time to work the cases.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jared sawyer

    hello kay today on july 21st of 2015 i was told that i have given all the proper documents and i am being put in pay. do you know when i will recieve my first ssi check? also i think i have caculated what i will owe the lawyers and general relief but i am not sure if i have done it correctly. i believe the lawyers take 25%. i was on gr since april of 2013. 27 months recieving $221 a month. so will i owe gr $5967? i was told i would be recieving $889 a month from ssi . how is the back pay amount determined? the date they gave me is april of 2014 and i was approved july of 2015. thank you for your time kay it is much appreciated

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jared,

      The attorney is usually paid 25% with a maximum limit of $6,000. If you were told that benefits were being “put in pay,” you should receive a monthly payment on August 1. The back pay will be released later. To calculate your benefit before withholding to pay the attorney and general relief, multiply $889 times the sixteen months from April 2014 through July 2015.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • ShaQuita Smith

    I applied for SSI in January/2015 , I was told on July 11, 2015 that I was approved for my SSI benefits on June 19, 2015…but when I called Social Security they told me that my case was in Quality Review..an today I called they told me that a letter was sent out yesterday July 21, 2015. Should I be worried?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear ShaQuita,

      It is possible that your claim has been denied on review; however, you won’t know until you get the letter.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Marie

    Hi Kay,

    My husband applied for SSI in May 2014 he was approved on June 1st 2015, he was told that his payments would start on July 1st as well as he would receive his first installment of back pay. He still has not received any deposit in his bank account. Why is this?

    Thank you,

    Marie

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Marie,

      I suggest that your husband call the local office and say that he was told he would receive payment on July 1 and hasn’t. If payment was actually authorized, he might checkd to see that they have his correct bank account number. If they do, he should check with his bank.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • markus gofe

      Hey i went in for a interveiw and i got a pay e and they said my case go back to 2012 how does that back pay work and they said i will be receiveing a letter to tell me bout how much my benifits will be for my ssi how long to it take letyers to come and the debit card

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Markus,

        Typically the monthly payment starts and then the back pay. If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the local office authorizes payment and orders the debit card. It can take from a little over a week to a month or more depending on workloads in your office. The SSI back pay is paid in installments six months apart, the highest amount per installment is $2,199. If you were approved for Social Security Disability, payment is released by the payment center and it can take two to three months to get payment started and the back pay released. Social Security back benefits are released all at once in one payment.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • brittany

    Hi Kay,

    I applied for SSI for my daughter, she’s been approved, received her check for July, and on 7/10 I received her award letter in the mail. My question is, when will her back pay start? I have already set up dedicated account and given the information to my local field office, but trying to get answers from them is like bobbing for apples. If it makes a difference, she was approved at the first appeal.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Brittany,

      Your daughter’s SSI back pay will be paid in installments six months apart if she is eligible for more than $2,199 in back pay. The first installment should be received within a month of the first check. If it is not, try following up with the claims representative handling her claim.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jeffrey

        My 15year old was approved to receive benifits under her mothers disability soc sec benifits. Yesterday the soc sec office told me they released the 6000.00 in back pay yesterday. What does that mean exactly, and how long do I have to wait for the funds to hit my bank now?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Jeffrey,

          Usually it takes three or four business days for the payment to be released from the Treasury and to go through the electronic transfer of funds from bank to bank and into your account.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Rebecca Miles

        My son was approved for SSI June 19, 2015. I didn’t know until July 8th 2015 when I went to the Social Security Office for a replacement social security card. His case was an appealed case from Sep. 2012. I received his direct express card, however I haven’t received his check. Was his deposit (back pay) supposed to be on the card or do I wait on the paper check? Also how long? Wasn’t his July benefits supposed to be on his direct express card. It says $0.00 balance.

        • Kay Der