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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 Services821 West Pershing Blvd.Cheyenne, WY 82002Phone: 307-777-7341Fax: 800-972-2372
For more information, visit the DWS website.
Wyoming has only one ODAR location. It is a satellite office of the Denver, Colorado ODAR.Casper ODAR location100 East B Street, Suite 4118Casper, Wyoming 82601Phone: 307-261-6473Fax: 307-261-5479
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 Office150 East B StreetRoom 1008Casper, WY 82602Local Phone: 866-964-3972Cheyenne OfficeSuite 1403001 E Pershing BoulevardCheyenne, WY 82001Local Phone: 866-336-7580Cody Office1285 Sheridan AvenueSuite 265Cody, WY 82414Local Phone: 307-587-8155Rock Springs Office79 Winston DriveSuite 131 Gateway BlvdRock Springs, WY 82901Local Phone: 307-362-4634Sheridan Office909 Long DriveSuite ASheridan, WY 82801Local Phone: 866-530-7798
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.
If you need assistance winning your disability claim, visit our Wyoming disability lawyers’ page to find a local attorney who can help you.
by: Melissa Linebaugh, Contributing Author