Filing for Disability in Oregon

Information on Social Security disability and SSI, as well as the OSIPM payment for special needs.

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The application for disability in Oregon starts at the Social Security Administration (for both SSDI and SSI), but then is handled by a state agency. Here is information on the disability process in Oregon, as well as state-specific statistics and resources.

Disability Statistics in Oregon

According to the SSA, for all initial disability claims filed in Oregon in 2011 (SSDI ad SSI), the percentage of claims that were approved was 36%. Over 63% of claims were denied. For the first four months of 2012, the average allowance rate for all initial disability claims filed in Oregon was 38%.

Stage of Application

Oregon

Nationally

Initial Application

36%

32.1%

Reconsideration Review

12.7%

11.3%

Appeal Hearing

47%

58.3%

Hearing Wait Time

480 days

349 days

The initial disability determination for SSDI and SSI claims in Oregon is made by Oregon Disability Determination Services. If you want to talk about your claim with a claims examiner (for instance, to check the status of the claim), here is the agency's contact information.

Disability Determination Services

3150 Lancaster Drive, NE
Salem, Oregon 97305-1350
800-452-2147

Reconsideration Required to Appeal in Oregon

When the SSA mails you a denial letter, you have to ask the SSA for a reconsideration of the decision before you are allowed to get a hearing in front of a administrative law judge. For all reconsideration requests filed in Oregon in 2011, the average percentage of claims that were allowed upon reconsideration was 11%. For the first four months of 2012, the average allowance rate for all reconsideration requests filed in Oregon was 12.7%.

Disability Hearings in Oregon

If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is in charge of disability appeals at the ALJ hearing level as well as at the Disability Appeals Council level, which is the appeals level after the ALJ hearing. For more information about hearings, see our articles on ALJ hearings.

Oregon is in ODAR Region 10, which is based in Seattle. Region 10 does have two offices in Oregon, so if you filed your disability claim in Oregon and are at the ALJ hearing level of appeals, your hearing will most likely be held in one of the two Oregon locations listed below.

In the two ODAR offices located in Oregon, the average length of time a person filing a hearing request will have to wait for a hearing is 16 months. There are many different ALJs who work in the Oregon ODAR offices, and each one has different approval and denial records. On average, however, ALJs in Oregon approve around 47% of disability cases and deny around 37% of disability cases.

ODAR Locations

If the local Social Security office you have been working with is in: Chiloquin; Christmas Valley; the I-5 corridor from Salem, OR to Weed, CA; Klamath Falls; La Pine; Lakeview; Madras; Medford; the Oregon Coast from Depoe Bay to Gold Beach; Prineville; Redmond; or Sisters, your ODAR office is:

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Suite 201
211 E. 7th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Telephone: (866) 964-7044
Fax: (541) 465-6415

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If the local Social Security office you have been working with is in: Astoria; Beaverton; La Grande; the Portland metro area; The Dalles; or Salem, your ODAR office is:

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Robert Duncan Plaza, 4th Floor
333 SW 1ST Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
Telephone: (866) 964-6291
Fax: (503) 326-3062

Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you have been working with the Social Security office in Pendleton, OR, your ODAR office is:

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

714 N Iron Bridge Way, Ste 200
Spokane, Washington 99202-4929
Telephone: (888) 253-3903
Fax: (509) 353-2986

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Oregon Supplemental Income Program

If you are receiving SSI and fit into one of several “special needs” categories, you may be eligible for additional state payments. These payments fall under a Medicaid program called OSIPM (Oregon Supplemental Income Program – Medical) that is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). These payments can assist you with things like limited home repairs to remove a physical hazard and costs of transportation to medical appointments.

However, Oregon no longer adds a state “supplementary payment” onto the federal monthly SSI. Therefore the amount SSI recipients receive in Oregon is $698. If you have questions about applying for SSI in Oregon or about supplemental payments, you can contact the Seniors and People with Disabilities Division of DHS at:

500 Summer St. NE, E02
Salem 97301-1073
Telephone: (503) 945-5811
TTY: (503) 282-8096
Fax: (503) 373-7823
General email: spd.web@state.or.us

Oregon Rehabilitation Services

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS) is part of the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). OVRS assists people with disabilities with counseling, job training, placement, and assistive technology services. OVRS has offices throughout the state; for the one closest to you, visit the OVRS website.

Oregon Disability Lawyers

If you've been denied disability benefits and want to hire a disability attorney to represent you in your disability hearing, visit our Oregon disability lawyer page to find an attorney.

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