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slz727
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   Posted 7/22/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I need some answers on ssi. Like if I was to go back to college would that hurt my chances of getting it? Also do you know what age you have to be to apply. I am only 31 and so I was wondering if I was ineligible because I my t suggested that I go on it and she stated that if I was to get better then I could work part time and it would not effect my ssi i just would not get my full ck. Also how long is the process 1year or longer? Do I need a lawyer to get started and is it better to have one from the get go. Please anyone out there that may have answers please let me know.
 
Thanky You,
 
SLZ

sukay
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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Slz,

I'm on SSI, but that is due to my Crohns Disease, Fibromyalgia & Arthritis.  I am not sure how it works for Mental Illness.

I heard that many get denied the first time so I got a lawyer from the get go.  I heard it was a long and tedious project and I wanted to cross all my T's the first time so I found a SSI lawyer that specialized in my area of concern for my own health issues.

I had all my doctors backing me up (since they were the ones that encouraged me to stop working to stay healthier). All of them needed to sign lots of paperwork and attached all the necessary medical files to back up their claims.

You will have lots of paperwork to fill out as well, so be prepared and keep copies of everything.

The whole process from start to finish took me approx. 6 months and I did not get denied.  If approved they will make your check retroactive from the day that you applied.

Best of Luck.


slz727
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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sukay

jk1119
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   Posted 7/22/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
If approved, your check with be retroactive from the time they decided your disability started. That is why ppl get backpay, sometimes for months, even years, if they deem that to be the time your disability began or affected you to the point where you couldn't work, whatever they base the criteria on. They have their own medical team that decides whether or not you are disabled, but your doctors sure can help by keeping good records and giving them to social security. Sometimes your own doctors don't get to really say if you can work, or they say it, but they don't get the final say. Although I'm sure it definitely helps if they say you can't. I am awaiting a decision on social security disability right now, my worker said that the wait time is averaging 3-4 months, but that it could be up to 6 months, depending on how much documentation your case has, how soon they can gather it, etc. Good Luck! Yes, you can make a certain amt. of money, just be sure you don't go above your amt. or at least not very often, or they will cut you off and assume that you can work enough to not need assistance. At least this is what I know in the state of Mn. and I was a social worker for 10 years and helped ppl with this all the time. I usually suggested that ppl fight their own case and not get an attorney, but that is up to you. In Mn. ppl are often denied up to three times, but are almost always given it after that. Mn. has the highest rate of giving it to ppl, so that is good news for me. Again, best of luck

slz727
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   Posted 7/22/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
jk119 Thank you for sharing that info with me I really apprciate that you gave me what you know.

SLZ

hez
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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   

I too just had a ssi hearing on the 20th of July.  I was actually filing disability b/c of lupus and my broken neck from a recent car accident that took place on July 10.  The phone interview took about an hour to an hour and a half.  They just now sent me my medical release papers.  I am going to call my case worker b/c as of yesterday the 22 of July I was diagnosised with Bipolar Disorder as well.  My case worker said four months but did say the first check will go back to the date I was disabled which was April 10, 2009.  As stated make sure you keep copies of everything or if you move or something else comes up to call your case worker immediately.  I don't think age matters, I am 34 and my case worker believes I will not have any problems getting SSI or Disablity, it just may take a few attempts to actually receive it.  I just hope it is enough to live off of b/c it is only me.  Good luck to you and I hope this helped a little. 

 

Take Care,

Heather

 


slz727
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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Heather,
how do you get a case worker do I call ssi office? My pdr has not said that I can apply just my t will that do me any good do you know? If You have any more info let me know.

Thanks for your response,

SLZ

hez
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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
SLZ,

What I did was call my local SSI office and said I would like to file for disability. I spoke with the woman on the phone and then she set up a phone hearing for me. It is a lot like the unemployment phone hearings. Where do you live maybe I can help you find the number, look in the white pages or google it too, might help.

Heather

jk1119
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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in Mn. as I stated earlier, and we don't have phone interviews, they just send you stuff to fill out, or you get the stuff from the website. ssa.gov is helpful, it's the official website. My doctors encouraged me to apply, I have bipolar too and am unable to work, we could really use extra income, as we are living on one and used to two, when I was working. My disability started in March, actually years ago, but they'll likely use March, since that is when I stopped working due to it. When I applied online the local office contacted me, or like Heather said, you can contact the local office yourself and I was just assigned a worker. I suppose whoever has an opening, but I happen to know this worker, from my past employment with the county as a social worker, and she tends to work on the cases that involve mental health as the disability. Any more questions feel free to ask, I'll tell you as much as I know, according to Mn. state rules.

slz727
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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for writing me back I live in michigan and I have a friend that it took over a year to get it and he states I will be denied because with the economy so bad everyone is filling a claim. One mare question is does my husbands income punish me from getting ssi and will my 8 year old get it to seeing that he is a minor. I know that if you have rears in child support the child gets some as well. I know I am asking alot but I have g anxiety disorder and have a hard time on the phone and in person.
Thank you for understanding,

SLZ

hez
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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
SLZ,

I am not sure how it works with your husbands income. I do know that they asked me if I had children or a spouse b/c they could be entitled to some as well, but I am not married or have any kids... I was suppose to get married on Oct 31, 2009 and my fiance called it off and is leaving me.... nice guy NOT... Those are good questions to ask once you contact your local office in Michigan... were you able to find a number... my caseworker said I should know in about 4 months for disability, but once you file for SSI which is different you will know the following month after you apply is what he told me anyway... Good luck to you.. I hope I helped a little

jk1119
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   Posted 7/23/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
SSI is based on income, it is a needs based program, where as SSDI is based on your work history, basically how much you paid in. I forget if your husband's income counts or not, likely it would. Your child may be eligible for benefits too, but they have to be under 18 or going to school if older, and they may need to have their own disability, I am unsure about all of that. The economy should not have any bearing on your decision, it should be solely based on your disability and how it affects your ability to work - but who knows?

olivia of course
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   Posted 7/24/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
SLZ,

I think it depends what state you live in, I live in MD and it can be as short as 6 months to a little bit over a year or so. I finally got approved for SSI after being denied 2x. But the whole process from start to finish has been about 2 1/2 years, which I heard is unusual but possible. Please make sure you have everything documented and have doctors back you up, it make the whole process go smoother. I also had lawyers from start to finish. It is not completely necessary, but they can help you out during the process. By the way I am 29 years old, and it has been a long and stressful journey; but it is now done.

Olivia
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slz727
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   Posted 7/25/2009 3:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Olivia,

Thank you so much for letting me know the process. I am thinking of getting a lawer and my sister-in-law is realy good friends with and he has always given her and my husband great advice. I am going to have to apply soon and now my short term dis is giving my dr office a hard time about me being off of work longer than 12 weaks FMLA. I need the money bad and thank you for letting me know that you are younger than me and you got it.
Olivia I realy am happy that you have supported me since the begining of me joining this chat.

SLZ

sukay
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   Posted 7/25/2009 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Slz,

Just some more info for you.  I too was young when I was approved.  I don't think age matters, only your disability.

You will also get a separate check for every minor child until the age of 18 years.

Again as stated by someone else, you can start the paperwork by going to the ssi.gov website and read all about it there and probably download all the necessary paperwork from there.

I do remember meeting with someone at the SSI office to start everything rolling plus a phone interview at some time as well.

They asked about my husband's income, to see if I qualified for financial aid to help out as well but I told them that I wasn't in need of that, and was only hoping to collect near what I was receiving from not working.  We were living on two incomes and I was just hoping to contribute back to my household what I was losing by not working so I didn't even go into my husband's financial income.  So I think if your husband does not make enough or not working there is also more help out there for you.

Oh another thing.  If you are able, you are allowed to work some hours and receive a certain amont of money but there are stipulations as to how much.

 

Best wishes for wellness. blush


~sukay~
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slz727
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   Posted 7/25/2009 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Sukay

You are a book of knowlage LOL I was hoping that my husbands income whould not hurt my ssi or what ever it is that I need to sighn up for. The friend that told me this stuff is very self centered so his problem is always worse or bette than yours and he dosent believe in mental illness. He is realy my husbands friend. I also found out that my long term dis has someone fill out papers for you and they want you off there payroll so they will prob do it right. One last thing I think i have diabetes so that might be in my favor as well but I do not want that illness to unless it wants to stick around untill after Iget ssI LOL

SLZ
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