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The Disability Determination Service, The State Agency's Role in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) & Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit claims.

Jan. 15, 2024

The Disability Determination Service (DDS) is a state agency typically where the Disabled Individual resides when claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are file through SSA. Once a claim has been filed, the case is sent to the DDS for work-up and review to produce a determination at the initial application and reconsideration levels.

During the initial application for SSDI and/or SSI benefits, it is critical to complete the various forms that are mailed to Disabled Individuals and return them promptly. Furthermore, it is very important that contact information and dates of medical treatment are documented in order to develop the record for determination. If the claim is denied at the DDS levels, the Disabled Individuals have 60-day deadline in which to file an appeal or possibly request for a hearing depending on where the claim is situated.