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If you live in Minnesota and are unable to work due to illness or injury, you may be considering applying for Social Security disability benefits. These are federal benefits, but there is some information specific to applying for Social Security in Minnesota that you should know.
There are multiple ways you can apply for Social Security disability in Minnesota. You can:
Approximately three or four months after you apply for disability in Minnesota, you’ll be notified via mail whether you have been approved for benefits or if your claim has been denied. Only 34% of Minnesota’s disability applicants are approved after their initial application is reviewed. If you are among those denied benefits, you can appeal this decision.
The first appeal in Minnesota is called a “Request for Reconsideration.” You have 60 days from the date you receive your disability denial letter to submit the “Request for Reconsideration” form to the SSA. It will take an average of one to two months for your reconsideration decision to be made. In Minnesota, around 9% of disability claims are approved upon reconsideration.
If your reconsideration results in a second disability denial, you can then request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). In Minnesota, the average wait between the date a disability hearing is requested and when it takes place is 13 months. You’ll be notified of the judge’s decision within 30 days of your hearing. Around 56% of Minnesota Social Security disability hearings result in the claimant being awarded benefits.
If you receive SSI and live in Minnesota, you could be eligible for an additional monthly payment from the State of Minnesota. The amount of this SSI supplement varies depending on your living arrangements. A SSI recipient in Minnesota who lives independently would receive an SSI state supplement of $81. If the person receiving SSI lives in the home of another, the state supplement would be $112. If a person resides in a non-Medicaid residential care facility, this amount would be $261, or $59 for a facility being paid by Medicaid.
Minnesota's Welfare and Human Services Agencies administers these payments under the Minnesota Supplemental Aid Program and the Group Residential Housing Program.
Minnesota Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the state agency responsible for making decisions on Minnesota Social Security disability claims. DDS is operated by the Minnesota Department of Economic Security. At the Minnesota DDS, claims adjudicators work with medical professionals to determine whether disability applicants are eligible for benefits. Here is the agency's contact information.
Minnesota Disability Determination Services
85 7th Place East, Ste. 160
Saint Paul, MN, 55101
Tel: (651) 259-7700
Fax: (651) 259-7884
Social Security disability hearings for Minnesota residents are held at the Office of Disability Adjudication & Review (ODAR) office in Minneapolis. Contact information for the Minneapolis ODAR is below.
Office of Disability Adjudication & Review
250 Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Tel: (877) 512-3856
Fax: (612) 348-1255
Disabled workers in Minnesota can consult the Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services Unit to access a variety of programs designed to help those with disabilities return to and sustain employment. The Minnesota VRS can be reached at 800-328-9095 or VRS.email@example.com. More information regarding VRS programs is available also on the VRS website.
Many disability applicants are overwhelmed with the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits and navigating the SSD appeals process. An experienced Minnesota disability lawyer can greatly increase your chances of getting disability, and can be especially helpful if your disability claim has already been denied. Our Minnesota disability lawyers page can assist you in finding a skilled disability attorney near you.
by: Alison Barjaktarovich, Contributing Author