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SSI Benefits - what do they include and how long does it take

Social Security administers a need based program known as Supplemental Security Income, or, more commonly, as SSI. SSI disability requires that an individual meet certain resource and income limits, before being eligible to receive monetary disability benefits.

What is considered a resource under Supplemental Security Income rules? Vehicles (cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, etc.), land (other than the land you live on and including any land you own that is connected to the land your home is located upon), cash, jewelry, antiques, stocks, bonds, trusts, etc. Basically a resource is any item that can be converted to cash. What are the asset, or resource, limits for SSI? The resource limits are $2000.00 for an individual and $3000.00 for a couple.

Additionally, the SSI disability program considers the following as income: pensions, veteran’s benefits, rental income, unemployment, long-term disability, short-term disability, and earnings from work. Generally, income limits change yearly.

Now that we have discussed some non-medical qualifying information about SSI disability, what are the benefits of the program? SSI offers monetary benefits to both children and adults, if they are found disabled under Social Security disability rules and guidelines. The medical determination process for Social Security disability and SSI disability are the same.

As with social security disability, SSI claims are sent the state agency responsible for processing Social Security disability medical determinations (usually known as DDS, or disability determination services).

If a claimant’s initial SSI disability claim is denied, they will have to begin the appeal process. Of course, you may be wondering what the SSI appeal process involves? The SSI (and Social Security disability) appeal process begins with the reconsideration appeal level and potentially can be taken through the Federal Court system.

However, the appeal process usually ends with a disability hearing conducted by an administrative law judge. Of course, a few individuals who are denied at at a disability hearing take the step of appealing the administrative law judge’s decision. They do this by appealing through the Appeals Council and even Federal Court. However an appeal to Federal Court level is rare.

As you can see, it may take months or even years to receive a SSI disability benefits approval, since not all disability claims are allowed once the appeal process is completed. Some individuals may have to complete the disability appeals process more than once to receive an approval, and some may never receive an approval.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

SSI Disability - Filing for SSI Benefits
How much time does it take to get an SSI Decision?
What Benefits come with SSI Disability?
Is There A Maximum Dollar Amount For SSI Disability?
What is the difference between Social Security disability and SSI?
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
What are the Assets that count for SSI Disability?
SSI Benefits - who is Eligible and How do I apply for them?
SSI Benefits - what do they include and how long does it take
What are the Application Requirements For SSI Disability?
The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
Social Security Disability Temporary Benefits and Closed Periods

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria