Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes) that:
- Is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and
- Provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
You can apply for SSI benefits by:
- Visiting https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability/ to start the disability application process online. You may be eligible to apply for SSI through the online disability application.
- Calling SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (or TTY 1-800-325-0778 if you are deaf or hard of hearing) and speak with a representative over the phone.
- Call your local Social Security office to schedule a telephone appointment to file for SSI benefits.
Can I get Social Security disability if I’m sick, but have never been to a doctor?
No. Social Security is a medical determination and thus, there must be medical evidence to support your claim of disability.
How long does it take from when I file a claim to actually get a hearing?
Unfortunately, it’s a long process. It can take anywhere from 12-16 months from the time that you file the initial claim until you get a hearing. It can take another 3-5 months until you receive a decision from the judge
Can children receive SSI disability benefits?
Yes. An adult can apply for SSI disability benefits on behalf of a child. Whether or not a child will be found disabled depends on the medical evidence.
After I have been granted disability benefits, will the Social Security Administration review my case to determine if I continue to be eligible for benefits?
Yes. The Social Security Administration does conduct continuing disability reviews.
If my doctor says that I can’t work, is the Social Security Administration and/or the judge who hears my case required to accept that opinion and grant me benefits?
No. The Social Security Administration and/or the judge will review all the medical evidence and make its own determination regarding your ability to work.
Video containing general information about applying for Social Security Disability.
Video with an in depth walkthrough of how to fill out a Function Report when applying for Social Security Disability.