Filing for Disability in Georgia
Applying for Social Security disability and SSI in Georgia, along with contact information for helpful Georgia agencies.
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Even though Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs, a state agency actually decides if a disability applicant is disabled for the purpose of SSDI or SSI benefits. In Georgia, that state agency is called Disability Adjudication Services (DAS). After you file your initial disability application with Social Security, your file is sent to the Georgia DAS. (Contact information for the DAS offices is below.
Each state disability determination agency has different disability approval and denial rates. The Georgia DAS approves just 29% of disability claims at the initial application level, which means over 70% of initial applications are denied.
Another state agency, Georgia Department of Human Resources, handles the state's supplement to the federal SSI payment (see below).
Disability Appeals in Georgia
If your disability claim is denied by DAS and you request an appeal hearing, your disability case then goes to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), which is part of the federal Social Security Administration. In Georgia, it takes, on average, 356 days from the time you request a hearing was filed to the date and administrative law judge (ALJ) makes a decision on a case following a hearing. For the 2011 fiscal year, Georgia ALJs awarded benefits in 62.5% of the cases they heard. Of those approvals, 56.5% were fully favorable, and 6% were partially favorable.Contact information for the ODAR offices in Georgia is below.
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How Much SSI Will I Receive in Georgia?
While the federal government funds most of the SSI payment (up to $698 a month), Georgia provides a small state supplement for eligible residents living in Medicaid facilities (nursing homes for which Medicaid pays at least half). For an eligible individual, the supplement is $20; for couples, the amount is $40.
The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) manages the SSI supplement. You do not need to apply separately for the state SSI supplement because eligible SSI recipients are tracked by the DHR's computer database once they are approved for disability.
How Much Will it Cost to Get My Medical Records?
Georgia law places a limit on how much a doctor’s office or hospital can charge you for your medical records. In Georgia, medical providers can charge a $0.75 for the first 20 pages, $0.65 for pages 21-100, and $0.50 for each page copied over 100. A provider can also charge a $20.00 preparation fee, a $7.50 fee to certify the records, and can seek reimbursement for postage.
A medical provider can not charge for mental health records.
DAS Contact Information
The Georgia Department of Labor (DOL), Rehabilitative Section administers Georgia's Disability Adjudication Services program. Here is the contact information for Georgia’s DAS locations:
1317 East Jackson St.
Thomasville, GA 31792-4750
450 Mall Blvd., Suite C
Savannah, GA 31406-4864
394 South Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30605-5626
1551 Juliette Rd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083-1509
For more information, visit the Georgia's Department of Labor’s website.
ODAR Locations in Georgia
Georgia has Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) offices located throughout the state. Below is the contact information for each office.
Suite 500, Marquis 1
245 Peachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: (866) 964-7350
Fax: (404) 584-0587
3105 Clairmont Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
Phone: (404) 325-3256
Fax: (404) 325-7856
1232 Premier Dr.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Telephone: (877) 833-2721
Fax: (423) 855-6407
10205 Eagle Dr.
Covington, Georgia 30014
Phone: (866) 708-3231
Fax: (678) 342-7655
484 Mulberry St.
Macon, Georgia 31201-7929
Phone: (866) 331-2191
Fax: (478) 752-3448
8 Southern Oaks Court, 2nd Floor
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (866) 964-7590
Fax: (912) 652-4411
1961 Quail Grove Lane
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
Telephone: (888) 472-5996
Fax: (850) 942-1034
Social Security Field Offices
There are 33 Social Security field offices in Georgia, which are served by either the Atlanta, Atlanta North, Chattanooga, Covington, Macon, Savannah, or Tallahassee ODAR locations. Call the SSA at 800-325-0778 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to get contact information for your closest field office or use Social Security's field office locator.
Georgia Rehabilitation Services
The State of Georgia offers rehabilitation services through its Department of Labor (DOL). DOL provides assistance to disabled individuals to help them reach their maximum level of independence. For more information, see the DOL Rehabilitative Services website.
Georgia Disability Attorneys
If you need assistance winning your disability claim, visit our Georgia disability lawyers’ page to find a local attorney who can help you.
by: Melissa Linebaugh, Contributing Author