Filing for Social Security Disability in Wyoming

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Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs; however, states differ in which agency makes the disability decision, approval rates, the amount of SSI a person can receive, and how long a claim takes to be decided.

Where to Apply for Disability in Wyoming

You apply for disability benefits through a local Social Security office (there are five in Wyoming), and your application is reviewed to make sure that you have meet all of the technical requirements for benefits (such as income or work history requirements). Then your application is sent to Wyoming Disability Determination Services (DDS), a state agency in Cheyenne, for a medical decision to be made on your records.

If Wyoming DDS denies your claim, and your reconsideration request, your claim will be sent to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), a hearing office of Social Security in Caspar, where a judge will decide your case at a disability hearing.

How Much SSI Will I Receive in Wyoming?

Wyoming provides a small state supplement to SSI payments for all aged, blind, or disabled people living alone or with someone else. Children may also be eligible for the supplement. The amount of optional supplement depends on the living situation of the recipient:

  • A disabled individual living independently can receive an additional $25 per month.
  • A disabled couple living independently can receive an additional $55 per month.
  • A disabled individual living in the home of someone else can receive an additional $27 per month.
  • A disabled couple living in the home of someone else can receive an additional $61 per month.

Wyoming’s State Department of Family Services, Economic Assistance (DFS) administers the supplemental payment program. You do not need to apply for the supplement because Wyoming uses information provided by the SSA to determine who is eligible. For more information, visit the DFS website.

Disability Approval Statistics in Wyoming

Wyoming DDS approved 54.7% of disability claims at the initial application level and another 9.6% of claims at the reconsideration level. As to approvals after the appeal hearing, Social Security doesn't release this statistic for Wyoming, because some Wyoming disability claims are heard by ALJs from the Denver, Colorado ODAR location, so it's not possible to determine exactly the approval rate for Wyoming claimants.

The Denver ODAR took 356 days from the date the hearing was requested for an opinion to be issued.

Stage of Application

Wyoming

Nationally

Initial Application

54.7%

32%

Reconsideration Review

9.6%

11%

Appeal Hearing

not released

58%

Hearing Wait Time

365 days

349 days

DDS Contact Information in Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is the parent agency of its DDS. The contact information for Wyoming’s DDS office is:

Wyoming Disability Determination Services
821 West Pershing Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: 307-777-7341
Fax: 800-972-2372

For more information, visit the DWS website.

ODAR Locations in Wyoming

Wyoming has only one ODAR location. It is a satellite office of the Denver, Colorado ODAR.

Casper ODAR location
100 East B Street, Suite 4118
Casper, Wyoming 82601
Phone: 307-261-6473
Fax: 307-261-5479

Social Security Field Offices in Wyoming

There are five Social Security field offices in Wyoming. Each field office is served by the Casper ODAR location. You can find out which office serves your area by visiting the SSA website.

Casper Office
150 East B Street
Room 1008
Casper, WY 82602
Local Phone: 866-964-3972
Cheyenne Office
Suite 140
3001 E Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Local Phone: 866-336-7580
Cody Office
1285 Sheridan Avenue
Suite 265
Cody, WY 82414
Local Phone: 307-587-8155
Rock Springs Office
79 Winston Drive
Suite 131 Gateway Blvd
Rock Springs, WY 82901
Local Phone: 307-362-4634
Sheridan Office
909 Long Drive
Suite A
Sheridan, WY 82801
Local Phone: 866-530-7798

Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Wyoming

Wyoming offers vocational rehabilitation services through DWS for physical or mentally impaired residents who enroll in the program. Services include transportation to and from educational facilities, job training, interpretation for hearing or speech impaired, and assistance to increase independent living. For more information, visit the DWS website.

Contact a Wyoming Disability Lawyer

If you need assistance winning your disability claim, visit our Wyoming disability lawyers’ page to find a local attorney who can help you.

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