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Some people living with a mental health condition may need to receive disability income from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Social Security Income (SSI) when they are unable to work. The Social Security Administration provides information and an online Disability Planner and Application or you can call 800-772-1213 for information on the application process.
Some organizations offer help with applications and appeals including:
- National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR), (800) 747-6131, provides referrals for paid lawyers/non-lawyers representatives to assist in accessing SSI/SSDI.
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), 800-431-2804, provides referrals for paid representation of persons seeking SSI.
- Allsup, 800-279-4357 or email@example.com, is an organization specializing in disability services and offer free, expert representation in helping individuals navigate the process of applying for and appealing SSDI decisions.
- www.211.org (also by calling 211 from any phone) can provide referrals to access a range of public benefits, including SSDI.
If you have questions or concerns about Medicaid and Medicare eligibility or benefits, contact the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) or call 800-MEDICARE (633-4227).
Many people have also gotten Medicare and Social Security assistance through the Medicare Rights Center, which provides their MRC Consumer Hotline at 800-333-4114.