Filing for Disability in Maryland

Information on applying for Social Security disability and SSI in Maryland, as well as the state supplement for assisted living.

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Even though Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs, the approval and denial rates, as well as how long a claim takes to be decided, differs in Maryland. This article discusses these differences, along with the amount of SSI a person can receive in Maryland, contact information for Social Security and rehabiltation offices in Maryland, and how much Maryland doctors can charge for medical records.

Disability Approval Statistics in Maryland

Disability Determination Services (DDS), the state agency that decides initial Social Security disbility applications in Maryland, approved 28.7% of disability claims at the initial application level, and 15.3% of these denied claims were approved at the reconsideration review (the first level of appeal).

After the second level of appeal, the disability hearing, Social Security administrative law judges (ALJs) in Maryland awarded benefits in 57.4% of the cases they heard in the 2011 fiscal year. Of those approvals, 89.6% were fully favorable, and 10.4% were partially favorable. However, it took, on average, 392 days from the time the request for hearing was filed to the date the case was decided by an ALJ.

Stage of Application

Maryland

Nationally

Initial Application

28.7%

32.1%

Reconsideration Review

15.3%

11.3%

Appeal Hearing

57.4%

58.6%

Hearing Wait Time

392 days

348 days

How Much SSI Will I Receive in Maryland?

The federal government funds most of the SSI payment ($698 for individuals and $1048 for couples where both spouses are eligible for SSI). However, Maryland provides a generous supplement to the federal SSI benefit amount for recipients who live in care homes or assisted living facilities. The chart below shows the combined federal and state SSI allowance (the Maryland amounts are current as of 2011). For more information, visit Maryland’s Department of Disabilities website or call 800-637-4113.

Living arrangement

Combined federal and state
SSI payment

Maryland SSI supplement

Individual

Couple

Individual

Couple

Care home with minimal supervision

$764.00

$1,180.00

$66.00

$132.00

Care home with moderate supervision

$873.00

$1,398.00

$175.00

$350.00

Care home with extensive supervision

$1,161.00

$1,974.00

$463.00

$926.00

Care home with specialized and extensive supervision

$1,364.00

$2,380.00

$666.00

$1,332.00

Assisted living facility

$882.00

$1,416.00

$184.00

$368.00

Rehabilitative residence

$82.00

$164.00

$52.00

$104.00

SSI recipients in Maryland may also be eligible for Temporary Cash Assistance (TC), Temporary Disability Assistance (TDAP), or other state services. For more information, visit Maryland’s Department of Human Resources website or call 800-332-6347.

How Much Will It Cost to Get My Medical Records?

Maryland law places a limit on how much a doctor’s office or hospital can charge you for your medical records. As of July 2011, medical providers can charge a fee of $0.76 per page, plus the actual cost of postage. If the records are sent to another provider, an additional fee of $22.88 for preparation may be charged. However, if the records are given directly to you, the provider may not charge a preparation fee.

Contact Information

Contact information for Disability Determination Services (DDS), the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), and Social Security field offices in Maryland is listed below.

Maryland DDS

The Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS) administers Maryland’s Disability Determination Services (DDS). The contact information for DDS is:

2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218-1696
Phone: 410-554-9442
Toll-free: 888-554-0334
TTY: 410-554-9411
FAX 410-554-9412 dors@dors.state.md.us
For more information, visit the DORS website.

Maryland ODAR Locations

Maryland’s main ODAR office is located in Baltimore, although offices in Delaware and Washington D.C. are used by the state as well.

Baltimore ODAR

The Symphony Center
Room 300
1010 Park Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-5600
Phone: 866-613-3960
Fax: 410-962-6999

Dover ODAR

Suite 200
500 W. Loockerman Street
Dover, DE 19904

DC ODAR

1227 25th Street N.W.3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: 866-414-6259
Fax: 202-254-0634

Maryland Field Offices

Social Security field offices are served by either the Baltimore, Dover, or Washington D.C. ODAR office. Each ODAR office schedules and conducts the hearings for claims coming from its field offices and manages the case file once it gets to the hearing level.

Many field offices do not list direct telephone numbers. To contact your local field office by phone, call the SSA at 800-325-0778 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Field Offices Served by the Baltimore Hearing Office

Abingdon Office

34353A Box Hill
Corporate Center Dr.
Abingdon, MD 21009

Annapolis Office

180 Admiral Cochran Dr.
Suite 10
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Baltimore Office

1010 Park Ave.
Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21201

Glen Burnie Office

Suite 1 A337 Hospital Dr.
Glen Burnie, MD 21601

Baltimore (North) Office

Suite 415 Rotunda Mall
711 West 40Th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211

Baltimore (Northeast) Office

Suite 106
2401 Bel Air Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21213

Columbia Office

Lakeside Building, Suite 110
8865 Stanford, Blvd.
Columbia, Maryland 21054

Westminster Office

Suite 108
115 Airport Dr
Westminster, MD 21157

Towson Office

Suite 500 Corp. Center
110 West Rd.
Towson, MD 21204

Owings Mills Office

5 Park Center Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Hagerstown Office

Suite 100
1700 Underpass Way
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Frederick Office

Suite N
Spectrum Blvd.
Frederick, MD 21703

Cumberland Office

Suite 100
217 Glenn St.
Cumberland, MD 21502

Field Offices Served by the Dover, DE Hearing Office

Cambridge Office

828 Airpax Road
Suite 500
Cambridge, MD 21613

Salisbury Office

2414 Northgate Rd.
Suite 1
Salisbury, MD 21801

Elkton Office

101 Chesapeake Blvd.
Suite A
Elkton, MD 21921

Field Offices Served by the Washington, D.C. Hearing Office

Camp Springs Office

6110 Allentown Rd.
Suiteland, MD 20746

Silver Spring Office

Suite 304
10230 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20903

Rockville Office

315 N Washington St.
Rockville, MD 20850

Greenbelt Office

7401C Forbes Blvd.
Seabrook, MD 20706

Maryland Rehabilitation Services

Maryland offers rehabilitation services through DORS. DORS assists disabled individuals with job training and placement, life skills, and works with the SSA to determine eligibility for SSI and SSDI. The contact information for DORS is above under DDS.

Maryland Disability Lawyers

If you need assistance winning your disability claim, visit our Maryland disability lawyers page to find a local attorney who can help you.

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