People with disabilities may be able to qualify for one of two federal disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These programs are governed by the federal Social Security Administration (SSA).
You can learn more about these benefits on the Social Security Web site.
Applying for federal benefits
If you have questions about eligibility and how to
apply for SSI or SSDI, please call the local SSA office.
When you file a claim for disability benefits with SSA, the state office of
Disability Determination Services (DDS) will make the medical eligibility determination, but you must first apply for benefits with SSA.
If you have filed your claim with SSA and your claim is currently being evaluated for medical eligibility at the DDS, please contact the DDS at 800-452-2147. A Customer Service Representative will assist you.
Laws and regulations
All decisions about SSI or SSDI benefits are governed by the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Handbook contains the information about both SSI and SSDI.
Are you concerned that someone you know or live by is getting Social Security benefits to which they are not entitled? SSA provides information about fraud reporting, including what to report and to whom it should be reported.
Tools for providers
SSA's Disability Evaluation Under Social Security (Blue Book) is a guide to help physicians and other health professionals understand the kind of information they need to provide in order to enable a sound and prompt decision.