SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. This is a very specific assistance program that is overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSI is available for some persons who have not worked enough to qualify for traditional Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. It also applies to people who have never worked before.

Generally speaking, SSI benefits include a monthly check to provide financial support for persons who are:

  • Elderly
  • Blind
  • Have a disability (these are defined by guidelines)

How Is SSI Disability Support Determined?

Eligibility for SSI requires proof of the person’s disability. The program can often be somewhat difficult to qualify for. This is because it is associated with somewhat low income limits, as well as limits in terms of assets owned. One of the main considerations in determining SSI disability support is the amount of time that the person worked. If they worked a sufficient amount of quarters, it is likely that they will be covered under Social Security programs rather than Supplement Security Income.

Is SSI the Same as Social Security Disability?

No. SSI is a more needs-based program intended to persons who are truly in financial need. For this reason, social security claims are common than supplemental security claims. Also, Supplemental Security is funded through a separate account in the general treasury, whereas Social Security is funded through the Social Security Trust Fund.

In some cases, a person can actually file for both SSI and Social Security Disability. This is called “concurrent” filing and occurs in some instances. Again, there are limited amounts of funds that a person can receive each month.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with SSI Benefits?

Due to the similarity of SSI and SSD, the application process can be confusing. Also, mistakes, errors, or fraud in an SSI/SSD application can cause legal problems. You may wish to hire an government lawyer if you need assistance filing for security-based benefits. Your attorney can help answer questions and can assist you with the forms needed for filing. Also, your lawyer can represent you in court if you need to file a claim or a lawsuit based on employment law matters.