MLRI: SSI & SSDI Basics
Social Security disability programs continue to be a major source of cash and health benefits for individuals with disabilities. However, dealing with a large federal agency can be daunting and overwhelming, especially for an unrepresented claimant. The Basics program begins with an overview of the two disability-based cash benefits programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), with emphasis on eligibility requirements and procedures, including basic disability eligibility standards and non-disability issues such as income, resources, and non-citizen criteria. An explanation of the evidence submission rules revised in 2015 begins the afternoon session, followed by an overview of the appeals process for disability applications. Concluding the program is a review of post-entitlement issues, with special emphasis on the work incentive rules and benefit overpayments. The training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice who are thinking of representing clients before SSA, social and health workers, and community advocates.