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How to Apply and Tips for Working with the Social Security Administration when Applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • To apply for SSI, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/reach.htm  or call 800-772-1213.
  • Get to know your caseworker at your local Social Security office. The local office is the best source for answers to questions you might have.
  • If you call the 800 number for Social Security, check any information you are given with the local office. The 800 number has been known to relay inaccurate information.
  • Provide as much information as possible on your child’s condition.
  • Answer all correspondence from Social Security promptly. The deadline for responding is based on the postmark on the letter – not when you receive the letter. If you are going to be late with a response, contact Social Security and ask for an extension.
  • Keep records! In a notebook or some other place, list every contact you have with Social Security. Include at least the date of call, who you spoke with, and a summary of what was discussed.
  • If denied, appeal. Contact a PWSA Crisis Intervention Counselor (800-926-4797) immediately for assistance.

 

 edited: 02/09/2012

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