Services in the US Part III of VI - SSI/Disability
What is it? Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program run by the US Social Security Administration. Monthly cash assistance is given to families that qualify.
Who qualifies? Must meet all of the following requirements: child under 18 with a documented disability (mental, physical, health related impairment that severely restricts activities of daily living), family has limited income/resources (you can add your child to a waitlist to wave the income portion to qualify, see Waitlists and Waivers below), and the child’s disability is expected to last 12 months or longer.
What can they help me with? Monthly checks to help cover the child’s health care costs not covered by insurance. Children who qualify for SSI also qualify for Medicaid (see Medicaid section below).
How do I get in contact with them? Online applications can be found on the Social Security Administration’s website.
*Tip: Many people are denied SSI benefits on their initial application process. Do not give up or start over! The appeals process is an effective way to prove your case. It may take two or three appeals, but it is effective