Social Security


Supplemental Security Income (SSI)                                                                                

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income.  It is one of the most important federal programs for people with developmental and similar disabilities.  It can provide monthly financial support and eligibility for Medicaid. It is also possible to use Social Security Work Incentives to help offset costs related to employment. Eligibility is determined by using two criteria:  1) financial need (limited income and other resources) and 2) disability issues that interfere with a person’s ability to be “gainfully” employed.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): What Happens to My SSI When I Turn 18?

Information regarding the status of an individual’s SSI is outlined in this fact sheet. This tip sheet covers how SSI is impacted once an individual turns 18 and the necessary steps to take in order to maintain SSI. The sheet covers what will happen to SSI if an individual accepts employment and provides step by step instructions if an individual has a dispute regarding their SSI. At the bottom of the page, there is with a link to support agencies in each state.



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Last Updated (Friday, 23 August 2013)