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Disability benefits in Mississippi are provided through a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The application and appeals process is generally the same throughout the country, but there are differences in each state, including approval and denial rates, monthly payments for those receiving benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), limits on charges for medical records, contact information for the local offices that administer disability benefits in your state, and vocational rehabilitation services. Below is an overview of the information specific to Mississippi.

Disability Benefit Statistics in Mississippi

In Mississippi, you have a lower chance of being approved for benefits compared to the national average. Below is a chart comparing Mississippi to the national averages.

Application Step

Percent of Individuals Approved for Benefits

Initial Application

Mississippi: 24.8%

Nationally: 32.1%

Reconsideration Review

Mississippi: 6.5%

Nationally: 11.3%

Appeal Hearing

Mississippi: 50.8%

Nationally: 58.3%

Hearing Wait Time

Mississippi: 352 days

Nationally: 349 days

Mississippi Limits on Medical Record Charges

In Mississippi, health care providers may charge you to make you a copy of your medical records to submit with your disability application or appeal, but the state limits how much a provider is allowed to charge you.

Number of Pages

Cost Per Page

1-20

No more than $20 for the set

21-80

$1

81 and above

$0.50

In addition to the charge per page, health care providers may charge you 10% of the total cost of copied pages for postage and handling. They may also charge you $15 if they have to get your records from an off-site location.

SSI State Supplement

Mississippi does not offer any state supplementary payment for SSI recipients. The monthly payments from the federal government are $698 for an individual or $1,048 for a couple. These amounts may be reduced if you have additional income.

Disability Determination Services (DDS) Contact Information

Mississippi Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the office that makes decisions on whether or not a Mississippian is disabled based on his or her medical record. All applications from the 24 local SSA offices in Mississippi are sent to the DDS office in Madison after they are reviewed to make sure the applicants are technically eligible to receive benefits (by meeting income or work history requirements). If you have questions about your application after it is filed, you should contact DDS. Below is the contact information.

MS DDS
1281 Highway 51 North
Madison, MS 39110
Telephone: 800-962-2230

Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) Locations

Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is the office that handles all disability appeals. When you have a hearing, you will go to one of the four hearing offices that handles the disability appeals for Mississippi. Below is the contact information for the ODAR Regional Office (which is located in Georgia) and the four hearing offices in Mississippi.

Regional Office

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
Atlanta Federal Center, Suite 20T10
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Telephone: 404-562-1182

Hattiesburg Hearing Office

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
1901 Broadway Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39402

Telephone: 866-348-5831

Services the following local SSA offices: Biloxi, Brookhaven, Forest, Hattiesburg, Laurel, McComb, Meridian, Moss Point, Natchez, and Philadelphia

Jackson Hearing Office

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
McCoy Federal Building, Suite 401
100 West Capitol Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39269

Telephone: 888-385-8499

Services the following local SSA offices: Cleveland, Greenville, Greenwood, Jackson, Kosciusko, and Vicksburg

Tupelo Hearing Office

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
1150 South Green Street
Suite 3A
Tupelo, MS 38804

Telephone: 866-275-9405

Services the following local SSA offices: Clarksdale, Columbus, Corinth, Grenada, Olive Branch, Starkville, and Tupelo

Vocational Rehabilitation in Mississippi

Individuals who are disabled can often face difficulties with regards to go back to work. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) is available to help those with disabilities find and keep a job. Specifically, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is the office that provides services including job counseling, job training, assistance finding a job, and help at your job, as needed. To apply for services, you should contact your local office or call 800-443-1000. To find the office closest to you, visit the OVR website.

Mississippi Disability Lawyers

Approval rates for disability applicants in Mississippi are significantly higher for those who are represented by lawyers than those who are not. To contact a lawyer for a free consultation, see our Mississippi disability lawyers page.

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