Filing for Disability in Virginia
For Social Security disability claimants in Virginia, it may be well over a year until a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
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For those who become disabled and are no longer able to work, the federal government offers two programs to provide assistance: Social Security Disability (SSD), for those who have worked and paid into the Social Security system, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), for those who have below a certain income. As federal programs, there are many parts of the programs that are uniform throughout the United States, but there are some distinctions between states. Below is an overview of Virginia’s disability benefits and disability approval statistics for Virginia and available resources in Virginia.
Virginia Disability Benefits Statistics
The percentage of disability approvals and denials, along with wait times for Social Security hearings, vary throughout the country. Below are statistics for Virginia.
- Initial application: For initial applications, there is an approval rate of 34.9% in Virginia, which is slightly better than the national average of 31.7%.
- Reconsideration review: At the reconsideration level (the first level of appeal), the approval rate is 13.6%, which is also slightly better than the national average of 11%.
- Hearing: At the disability hearing level (the second level of appeal), the approval rate jumps up to 63%. This is slightly better than the national average of 58.6% approval, and the rate is even higher if you are represented by a disability lawyer. However, in Virginia, there is a longer wait time than the national average, with wait times for a hearing of 423 days on average.
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Virginia SSI State Supplement
As SSI is a federal program, the federal government provides a monthly payment to individuals who have SSI. For 2012, the maximum the federal government pays to individuals is $698 monthly and to couples, it's $1,048 (for those who have no other income).
Virginia adds on a generous supplemental payment to those in assisted living facilities and adult foster care. Called an auxiliary grant, the supplement is administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services.
The amount of the auxiliary grant, which is used to pay for assisted living or adult foster care, varies by county. Virginia has divided the state into two areas for the purpose of supplemental SSI payments: "Planning District 8" and all other areas. Planning District 8 includes the counties of Arlington, Loudon, Prince William, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park and the city of Alexandria. Below are the monthly supplements offered by Virginia.
Planning District 8
All other areas
How to Contact Virginia DDS
The Virginia Disability Determination Services (DDS) is where the initial decision will be made on your Social Security disability benefits (Social Security send your application to DDS), and also where the reconsideration review is done (the first level of appeal). DDS has four locations throughout the state in addition to an administrative office. After you file your initial application, all questions and concerns should be directed to your local DDS office.
DDS Administrative Office
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Richmond, VA 23229
Southwest Regional Office
612 S. Jefferson Street, Suite 300
Roanoke, VA 24011
Telephone: 540-857-7748 / 800-627-1288
Northern Regional Office
11150 Fairfax Blvd, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030
Telephone: 703-934-7400 / 800-379-9548
Tidewater Regional Office
5850 Lake Herbert Drive, Suite 200
Norfolk, VA 23502
Telephone: 757-466-4300 / 800-379-4403
Central Regional Office
9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23233
Telephone: 804-367-4700 / 800-523-5007
How to Contact Virginia ODAR
The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is the office that handles all of the disability hearings (the second level of appeal) and Appeals Council procedures (the third level of appeal). The regional ODAR office that services Virginia is located in Pennsylvania. Once you have requested a hearing, direct all of your questions to your local ODAR office.
300 Spring Garden Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
In addition to the regional office, there are four ODAR hearing offices in Virginia, as well as one in D.C. and one in Delaware, which service Social Security field offices in Virginia.
1470 Pantops Mountain Place, 2nd Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Services the following field offices: Charlottesville, Covington, Culpeper, Danville, Farmville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, South Boston, and Stauton
5850 Lake Herbert Drive, 3rd Floor
Norfolk, VA 23502
Services the following field offices: Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach
801 East Main Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Services the following field offices: Chesterfield, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Richmond Downtown, Richmond West, Richmond East, and Winchester
612 South Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011
Services the following field offices: Bristol, Roanoke, Wise, and Wytheville
500 W. Loockerman Street, Suite 200
Dover, DE 19904
Services the Accomacfield office
1227 25th Street N.W., 3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20037
Services the following field offices in Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, and Manassas
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
After a disability, there is often a need for help to return to work. In Virginia, the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) is there to assist individuals to prepare to return to work, find a job, and keep that job. To apply for vocational services, call the toll-free number or e-mail DRS. The contact information is below.
You can also go to your local DRS office. There are 38 local DRS offices throughout Virginia. Local office locations can be found by using Virginia's state agency search.
Getting Help from a Lawyer
If you're interested in hiring legal representation for your disability hearing, you can use our attorney locator to find a disability lawyer in Virginia.
by: Lorraine Netter, Contributing Author