Filing for Disability in Arizona: State-Specific Statistics & Resources

Arizona no longer offers a state supplement to the federal SSI disability payment administered by Social Security.

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Filing for Social Security disability in Arizona is the same as in other states, since Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs, but Arizona differs in how long a claim takes to be decided, how many disability claims are approved, and how appeals are processed. We discuss these differences in this article along with contact information for the various disability-related offices in Arizona.

Where Do I Apply for Disability Benefits in Arizona?

There are three ways to apply for disability regardless of where you live: online, in person at an Arizona field office, and by telephone.

Online applications. Online applications are available for SSDI claimants only. To apply online for SSDI visit www.ssa.gov/pgm/disability.htm.

Applications by telephone. You can apply for disability benefits by phone at 800-772-1213 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). If you are deaf or hearing impaired, call 800-325-0778.

Local field offices. You can contact information for the Arizona Social Security field offices below. Before you go, you should call Social Security to schedule an appointment at the field office.

After you submit your application, it is sent to Disability Determination Services (DDS), a state agency run by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). DDS decides whether you are medically disabled or not.

How Do I Appeal if My Initial Application has Been Denied?

Arizona’s appeal process has four steps: reconsideration, request for a hearing, Appeals Council, and federal court.

Step 1: Reconsideration. If the Arizona DDS denies your initial application for disability, you have 60 days from when you receive the denial to ask for a reconsideration of your claim. A different claims examiner at DDS will review your claim.

Step 2: Hearing. If your reconsideration is denied, you can request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Hearings are held at the hearing office located nearest to your field office (see below for contact information).

Step 4: Appeals Council. If your claim is denied at the hearing level, you have 60 days from the date you receive the denial to appeal to the Appeals Council (AC). The AC will review your appeal and either reverse the ALJ’s decision, return it to the ALJ with instructions to reconsider certain evidence, or deny your request for review.

Step 5: Federal court. If the AC decides not to review your claim or denies your claim, you can appeal to the federal district court in Arizona. The district court hears cases in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson, and Yuma.

Disability Approval Statistics in Arizona

The Arizona DDS approved 30% of disability claims at the initial application level. Only 11.4% of denied claims were approved at the reconsideration level.

For the 2011 fiscal year, Arizona ALJs awarded benefits in 62.9% of the cases heard. Of those approvals, 59.4% were fully favorable, and 3.5% were partially favorable. It took an average of 331 days from the time the request for hearing was filed to the date the case was decided by an ALJ.

How Much Will it Cost to Get My Medical Records?

Arizona law allows healthcare providers to charge a “reasonable fee” to provide you with copies of your medical records. It can speed up your claim to order your own medical records and submit them with your application.

How Much SSI Will I Receive in Arizona?

Although some states provide a supplement to SSI recipients, Arizona does no longer does (as of 2009). Therefore, if you are approved for SSI you will receive only the federal amount of $698 a month, or less if you have any countable income.

Contact Information for Arizona DDS

Here is the contact information for Arizona’s two DDS locations:

Disability Determination Services - Phoenix Office
4000 North Central Avenue, Suite 1800
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Telephone: (800) 352-0409

Disability Determination Services - Tucson Office
5441 East 22nd Street, Suite 135
Tucson, AZ 85711
Telephone: (800) 362-6368

Contact Information for Arizona's Hearing Offices

Hearings are held at Social Security's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) offices. Arizona has three ODAR offices located throughout the state. The ODAR office schedules and conducts the hearings and manages the case file once it gets to the hearing level.Below is the contact information for each office and a list of the areas they serve.

Phoenix

Siete Square, Suite 200
3737 North 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: (888) 748-1991

This ODAR serves Apache JunctionChinle, Colorado RiverGlendale, Phoenix North, and Prescott.

Phoenix North

18444 North 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85023
Phone: (877) 784-3690

This ODAR serves Basin, Flagstaff, Mesa, Phoenix Downtown, Show Low, and Tuba City

Tucson

Rio Nuevo Professional Plaza, Suite 265
201 N. Bonita Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (888) 383-8694

This ODAR serves Casa Grande, Douglas, Globe, Nogales, Safford, Sells, Tucson, Tucson (South), and Yuma

Social Security Field Offices in Arizona

If a field office does not list its direct telephone number, call the SSA at 1-800-325-0778 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday for contact information.

Apache Junction Office

253 W Superstition Blvd
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
Local Phone: 866-964-7417
Hearing Office: Phoenix

Casa Grande Office

501 N Marshall St
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Local Phone: 520-836-4887
Hearing Office: Tucson

Chinle Office

Tseyi Shopping Center
Hwy 191 Bay E and F
Chinle, AZ 86503
Local Phone: 877-405-0476
Hearing Office: Tucson

Douglas Office

600 E 15th St
Douglas, AZ 85607
Local Phone: 520-364-1241
Hearing Office: Phoenix

Flagstaff Office

Suite 130
2715 S Woodlands Village B
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Hearing Office: Phoenix North

Glendale Office

5907 W Kings Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306
Local Phone: 623-298-4129
Hearing Office: Phoenix

Globe Office 

1405 E Ash St
Globe, AZ 85501
Hearing Office: Tucson

Mesa Office

702 W Jerome Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210
Local Phone: 480-649-0002
Hearing Office: Phoenix

Nogales Office 

1760 N Mastick Way
Nogales, AZ 85621
Hearing Office: Tucson

Phoenix Downtown Office 

Suite 100
250 N Seventh Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Hearing Office: Phoenix

Phoenix North Office

16241 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite B
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Hearing Office: Phoenix North

Prescott Office 

205 N Marina
Prescott, AZ 86301
Hearing Office: Phoenix North

Safford Office

650 South 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546
Hearing Office: Tucson

Sells Office 

Suite 100
88 W 38th St
Tucson, AZ 85713
Hearing Office: Tucson

Show Low Office

2500 East Cooley, Suite 407
Show Low, AZ 85901
Hearing Office: Phoenix

Tuba City Office

1010 Main Street
Tuba City, AZ 86045
Local Phone: 888-810-7609
Hearing Office: Phoenix

Tucson Office 

3500 North Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
Hearing Office: Tucson

Tucson (South) Office 

Suite 100
88 W 38th St
Tucson, AZ 85713
Hearing Office: Tucson

Yuma Office 

1235 South Redondo Center Drive
Yuma, AZ 85365
Hearing Office: Tucson

Arizona Rehabilitation Services

Arizona offers rehabilitation services through the DES. The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program assists disabled and blind individuals with employment services, access to assistive technology, and services to help disabled individuals live as independently as possible. For more information, visit the VR website.

Contact a Lawyer

If you need help with your disability claim, visit our Arizona disability lawyer page to find a local attorney who can assist you.

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