Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal direct relief program. Families with a child who qualifies for SSI receive a monthly benefit (average of $647 per month). If your child receives SSI, he or she will also get Medicaid health coverage.
Step 1: REVIEW the child disability starter kit
The kit includes:
Step 2: CONTACT
Step 3: FILL OUT the online child disability report
Visit the SSA website to get started with the child disability report and learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can get SSI?
Your child under the age of 18 can get SSI if:
What does “limited income and resources” mean?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider family income and resources when deciding if your child can receive SSI. This is called “deeming.” Deeming eligibility depends on many factors, including:
What should I do if I have been denied?
The state of Ohio approves about 36% of the applications received for disability benefits. If your application is denied, you can apply for reconsideration. If your child is still not approved for SSI benefits, you may request a disability hearing with Ohio OOD, Division of Disability Determination. While it can take 16-18 months for the hearing to take place, about 47% of applications are approved.
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