How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Who gets SSI?

In a broader sense, SSI is for individuals who are not insured to receive Social Security Disability benefits, or who are insured but would receive a fairly small Social Security Disability monthly check. The people who fall into the SSI category are usually children, individuals who stopped working more than five years ago, individuals who are self-employed and did not pay enough into the system to be insured, and individuals who had sporadic work or earnings. Given all those categories, SSI disability can really cover a lot of different types of individual and family situations.

Here are some pages that address basic questions:

1. How do I qualify for SSI?
2. What are the disability requirements for SSI?
3. How long does it take to get SSI disability?
4. What are the rules for SSI?

To answer the question in a different way, however, let's talk about who should generally qualify for SSI or Social Security Disability, or any other state since both programs are federal in scope and are administered by the Social Security Administration.

For example, when a person files for disability at a Social Security office in North Carolina (whether its an office in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Cary, Concord, Durham, Greensboro, Gastonia, High Point, Rocky Mount, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Lumberton, etc), whether or not the claim is for SSD or SSI will be determined at that point.

How the determination will be made will be based on whether or not the person has earned enough work credits through their work activity over the years. If they have enough, they will be eligible to have a claim for SSD taken. If not, they may have a claim for SSI disability taken, assuming that they satisfy the non-medical requirements of the SSI program.

That's really when the issue of SSD vs SSI is decided, at your local Social Security office. To again use North Carolina as an example, once your disability is taken, then the case is transferred to a North Carolina state government office known as DDS, which stands for disability determination services. It is at DDS that the case actually gets worked on.

At DDS, which is in Raleigh, all disability cases are assigned to disability examiners. Examiners use the information that has been provided at the time of application to send off requests for medical records. Once those records are received, they read them, evaluate them, and consider if a person meets the SSA definition of disability.

You can read the page linked in the preceding paragraph; however, the process works like this. To get disability disability, a person must either: 1) meet or equal a disability listing, or 2) get awarded on the basis of not being able to return to their past work, or do any other type of work that would earn them a substantial and gainful income.

So, as to the question, who gets SSI disability, or Social Security Disability, the answer is: anyone who files and is found to lack the ability to return to their former work or, considering their age, education, limitations, and job skills, is found to also lack the ability to switch to some type of other work that they have never done before may qualify for disability benefits.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

How long does it take to file for disability?
How much does Social Security permanent disability pay?
How much back pay will I get for SSI?
When You File an SSI or Social Security Disability Application
Will you get disability if your condition is not on the Social Security Impairment List?
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
Can you apply for disability on the basis of multiple health problems?
Does Social Security approve a disability application the first time?
Why does it take so long to wait for a disability hearing
How long is the wait for a disability judge hearing?

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

How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical conditions
Social Security Disability lawyer fee
Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Going to a medical exam for Social Security Disability or SSI
Filing for disability - How to file the disability application
Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security Disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.