Filing for SSDI or SSI Disability in Missouri

Missouri pays a supplement to SSI recipients who live in residential care or assisted living facilities.

By , J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
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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 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.

Appeals Process in Missouri

If DDS denies you benefits, you'll need to appeal. There is a four-step appeals process, which includes:

(The reconsideration step was suspended in Missouri for a number of years, but it returned in early 2020.) Now, those appealing an initial decision in Missouri can immediately request a hearing with an ALJ at Social Security's Office of Hearings Operations (OHO). After you request a hearing, your case will be sent to your local OHO office (find contact information below).

Application and Appeal Outcomes in Missouri

In Missouri, you have a slightly better chance of being awarded benefits than the national average at the initial disability application stage and after a hearing. And the wait for a hearing is less in Missouri than 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 Approval



Hearing Approval



Hearing Wait Time

16 months (on average)

19 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 1 (RCF)





Licensed Residential Care Facility 2 (ALF)





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 office, 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
8800 E. 63rd Street, Suite 320
Raytown, MO 64133
Phone: 816-743-8800
Toll Free: (800) 584-4303
Fax: (816) 743-8839
Cape Girardeau DD
3014 Blattner
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
Phone: (573) 290-5710
Toll Free: (800) 392-0415
Fax: (573) 290-5709
Springfield DD
2530-I South Campbell
Springfield, MO 65807-3598 ᄄ
Phone: (417) 888-4070
Toll Free: (800) 584-4305
Fax: (417) 888-4069
Jefferson City DD
1500B Southridge Dr
Jefferson City, 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: 314-416-2868

Missouri OHO Contact Information

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

Regional Office
Suite 600
2300 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
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, Jefferson City, Moberly, 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, 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: Joplin, Lebanon, Nevada, Springfield, West Plains
St. Louis
Suite 900
200 North Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
Phone: (866) 404-1859
Fax: (314) 436-1708
Provides services to: Cape Girardeau, Hannibal, Kennett, Kirksville, Park Hills, Poplar Bluff, Sikeston, St. Louis (Downtown)

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.

Updated August 6, 2020

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