Filing for Social Security Disability in New Mexico
New Mexico disability statistics, state supplement amounts, disability laws, and disability-related resources.
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Applying for disability in New Mexico is the same as in the rest of the U.S., since Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs. However, state agencies actually make the initial disability determinations for the Social Security Administration. For this reason, approval and denial rates vary between states, as do SSI payment amounts and medical records costs. This article provides the statistics and state-specific laws for New Mexico, as well as contact information for the various disability-related offices in New Mexico.
Disability Approval Rates in New Mexico
For the 2011 fiscal year, New Mexico's Disability Determination Services agency in Albuquerque approved 35.9% of disability claims at the initial application level and 15.3% of claims at the reconsideration level (the first level of appeal in New Mexico).
At the appeal hearing level, New Mexico ALJs awarded benefits in 73.5% of the cases they heard. However, the hearing process in New Mexico takes longer than in other states; it took an average of 411 days from the time the request for hearing was filed to the date the case was decided by an ALJ.
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How Much SSI Will I Receive in New Mexico?
While the federal government pays the bulk of the SSI monthly payments, New Mexico pays an extra amount (called a state supplement) to disabled adults who can't live on their own. Those who live in an adult residential facility or assisted living center who receive SSI are eligible for the state supplement. Single disabled adults living in a home receive $100 per month in addition to their federal benefit; a couple receives $200 additional per month. A $200 burial supplement is also be available from New Mexico for indigent SSI recipients.
The supplement is administered by the New Mexico Human Services Department. Visit the New Mexico Human Services Department's website for information on how to apply.
How Much Will It Cost to Get My Medical Records?
New Mexico law allows medical providers to charge up to $30 for the first 15 pages of your medical records and $0.25 a page thereafter. There is no overall limit on the amount you can be charged, even if you're using the records to apply for disability.
Disability Determination Services
The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation administers New Mexico's Disability Determination Services (DDS) program. After you apply for disability, Social Security checks your non-medical eligibility for disability and forwards your application to New Mexico DDS. If you have questions after you apply but before you get a decision, contact DDS directly. Here is the contact information for New Mexico’s DDS location.
New Mexico Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 4588
Albuquerque, NM 87196
Disability Hearing Offices in New Mexico
New Mexico has one Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) location, which is the branch of Social Security that manages disability hearings, in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque ODAR manages the case file once it gets to the hearing level and schedules and hosts the hearings. If you apply for disability in New Mexico, you are likely to have your hearing at this location. Here is contact information for the office.
555 Broadway, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Social Security Field Offices in New Mexico
Social Security has 11 field offices in New Mexico, spread throughout the state.
4300 Cutler Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Local Phone: 866-613-9961
2302 West Pierce
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Local Phone: 575-885-4569
1208 Arcineiga Drive
Clovis, NM 88101
Local Phone: 866-931-9945
4650 North Butler
Farmington, NM 87401
Local Phone: 866-931-7656
2070 East Aztec Avenue
Gallup, NM 87301
Local Phone: 888-810-3744
501 East Bender Boulevard
Hobbs, NM 88240
Local Phone: 866-254-2611
Las Cruces Office
2141 Summit Court
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Local Phone: 866-563-9294
Las Vegas Office
2520 Ridge Runner Road
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Local Phone: 866-635-0856
Rio Rancho Office
4433 Jager Drive Northeast
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
500 North Richardson
Roswell, NM 88201
Local Phone: 866-563-9470
Santa Fe Office
1922 5th Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Local Phone: 866-571-8130
New Mexico Rehabilitation Services
Mexico offers rehabilitation services through the New Mexico Division
of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). The Division provides assistance
with retraining, independent living skills, medical and psychological
treatment, and many other services. For more information, visit the DVR website.
Disability Lawyers in New Mexico
While there are legal aid offices in Mexico that can help you appeal a disability denial, legal aid clinics usually charge you the same amount as private Social Security disability lawyers (up to 25% of your back payments). To find an experienced disability lawyer to take your claim, visit our page for New Mexico disability lawyers.
by: Melissa Linebaugh, Contributing Author