Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a government cash benefit that is available to those who are at least 18 years of age, have a disability, and own less than $2,000 in assets. In Illinois, the SSI amount can be up to $771 per month (2019). This is a critical benefit for our clients with special needs. We encourage parents and guardians not to delay application for this benefit. We recommend applying on the 1st of the month after your loved one turns 18.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is an entitlement program that is typically available to any person who has paid into the Social Security system, regardless of that person’s current income and assets. Persons with disabilities can earn credits to qualify for this benefit even with certain part time work, or if he or she has a parent who is retired or deceased. After receiving SSDI benefits for two years, the person becomes eligible for Medicare benefits.
We assist our current clients with SSI and SSDI applications as a part of their overall special needs plan. Our on-staff nurse will help review and assemble the documents and reports you will need to support your application. If you have questions about SSI or SSDI, or would like our assistance in applying, please contact us.
To prepare for your SSI/SSDI Facilitation meeting at our office, please review and complete this worksheet.
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