Filing for SSDI or SSI Disability in Missouri

Missouri has an expedited appeals process for Social Security and SSI disability cases.


If you live in Missouri and are unable to work, you can apply through the Social Security Administration (SSA) to receive Social Security disability benefits, including  Social Security Disability Insurance  (SSDI) and  Supplemental Security Income  (SSI). You apply through the SSA because the benefits are provided by the federal government, but once you apply, there are differences in the appeals process, outcomes, and other services associated with disability benefits in Missouri. Below is an overview of the disability process in Missouri.

Disability Determination Process in Missouri

After the initial step of the application process (handing in your application to your local SSA office), your application will be checked for technical qualifications, such as income limits or work requirements, and then passed on to Missouri  Disability Determination Services  (DDS), a state agency. A claims examiner at DDS will make a medical decision as to whether or not you are disabled based on your medical records.

Shortened Appeals Process in Missouri

If DDS denies you benefits, you'll need to appeal. In most states, there is a four step appeals process, which includes:

However, due to the backlog of Social Security Disability cases states across the country (which led to long waits for people who needed benefits), in Missouri the SSA is testing a different way of handling appeals. The DDS reconsideration has been eliminated as a step in the appeals process in Missouri, at least for the time being. Therefore, those appealing an initial decision in Missouri can immediately  request a hearing with an ALJ  at Social Security's  Office of Disability Adjudication and Review(ODAR). After you request a hearing, your case will be sent to your local ODAR office (find contact information below).

Application and Appeal Outcomes in Missouri

In Missouri,  after your initial disability application,  you have a slightly better chance of being awarded benefits than the national average. After a hearing, you also have a better chance than nationally of receiving benefits, while the wait for for a hearing is roughly the same in Missouri as on the national level.

Below is a chart that shows the success rates in Missouri compared to the success rate nationally. (Note: The success rate on appeal includes  partially favorable decisions.)




Initial Application



Appeal Hearing



Hearing Wait Time

12.3 months (on average)

12.5 months (on average)

Missouri Supplement to SSI Program for Nursing Care Residents

The monthly payment for SSI is paid mainly by the federal government at a set monthly rate that is adjusted if you have  additional income. The State of Missouri also offers additional monthly income (a "state supplement") to individuals who live in some types of residential care or nursing facilities. Below is a breakdown of the maximum monthly amounts that you can receive from Missouri and the federal government.  (Note that the state supplement is rarely increased for inflation, unlike the federal payment.)





Licensed Residential Care Facility, Level I









Licensed Residential Care Facility, Level II









Licensed Intermediate Care or

Skilled Nursing Home









In Missouri, the State Department of Social Services, Family Support Division (FSD) administers the state supplement. It's called supplemental nursing care; read more about it at the  FSD website  or contact your local Family Support Division office. To find your local office, you can call the main Family Support Division office at (573) 751-3221 or (800) 735-2466.

Vocational Rehabilitation

When individuals with disabilities who want to try to return to work need assistance with job-related issues, the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) under the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can help. The agency can help prepare you for a job, find a job, and provide training for a job. To apply for services, you should contact or visit your local VR office. The office will assess you and make a decision regarding whether or not you are eligible for services and what services you will receive. To help with the assessment, you should bring a copy of your SSI or SSDI award letter to prove you are currently receiving disability benefits.

To contact a local VR offices, call the central office in Jefferson City at (877) 222-8963.

DDS Contact Information

Below is the contact information for all of the DDS offices in Missouri.

Disability Determination Central Office
3024 Dupont Circle
Jefferson City MO 65109-0525
Phone: (573) 751-2890;  
Toll Free: (877) 222-8963
Fax: (573) 526-2950
Kansas City DD
777 NW Blue Parkway Ste 3020
Lees Summit MO 64086
Phone: (816) 251-0500
Toll Free: (800) 584-4303
Fax: (816) 622-0033
Cape Girardeau DD
3014 Blattner Cape  
Girardeau MO 63701
Phone: (573) 290-5710  
Toll Free: (800) 392-0415
Fax: (573) 290-5709
Springfield DD
2530-I South Campbell
Springfield MO 65807-3598 οΎ¨
Phone: (417) 888-4070
Toll Free: (800) 584-4305
Fax: (417) 888-4069
Jefferson City DD
1500B Southridge Dr
Jefferson Ctiy MO 65109
Phone: (573) 751-2929
Toll Free: (800) 347-7180
Fax: 573-526-3788
St. Louis DD
7545 S. Lindbergh Blvd, Suite 220
St. Louis MO 63125
Phone: (314) 416-2803
Toll Free: (877) 878-4644
Fax: 314-416-2846

Missouri ODAR Contact Information

Below is the contact information for the local ODAR offices in Missouri.

Regional Office
Suite 1700
1100 Main Street  
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Phone: (888) 238-7975
Fax: (816) 842-4250
Creve Coeur
1285 Fern Ridge Parkway, Suite 100
Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141
Phone: (877) 833-2445
Fax: (314) 434-4800
Provides services to: Creve Coeur (West County), Fenton (Southwest), St. Louis (Central West End), St. Louis (North County), St. Louis (South Side), St. Peters, Union
3402 Buttonwood Dr  
Columbia, Missouri 65201
Phone: (877) 331-8351
Fax: (573) 442-7072
Provides services to: Columbia, Hannibal, Jefferson City, Kirksville, Moberly, Rolla, Sedalia
Kansas City
2301 McGee, Suite 350  
Kansas City, MO 64108-2605
Phone: (888) 488-7742
Fax: (816) 283-7220
Provides services to: Chillicothe, Gladstone, Independence, Kansas City (Euclid Street), Kansas City (Gateway), Maryville, St. Joseph
Suite C
2143 E Primrose Street
Springfield, Missouri 65804
Phone: (888) 472-2404
Fax: (417) 890-9746
Provides services to: Lebanon, Springfield
St. Louis
Suite 900
200 North Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
Phone: (866) 404-1859
Fax: (314) 436-1708
Provides services to: Cape Girardeau, Kennett, Park Hills, Poplar Bluff, Sikeston, St. Louis (Downtown)
Topeka, Kansas
3712 SW Burlingame, Suite A
Topeka, Kansas 66609
Phone: (888) 436-2615
Fax: 785-266-8415
Provides services to: West Plains
Wichita, Kansas
3207 N. Cypress Street
Wichita, Kansas 67226
Phone: (866) 964-3421
Fax: (316) 684-4747
Provides services to: Joplin

Disability Lawyers in Missouri

If you are denied disability benefits, you should contact a lawyer for a free initial consultation about your case, to see if your case is strong enough to base an appeal on and find out what you need to do to strengthen your case. Your chances of winning an appeal are much higher if you're represented by a lawyer with experience in Social Security disability. To find a lawyer in your area, go to our  Missouri disability lawyers  page.

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