Filing for Social Security Disability in Nevada

If you become disabled in Nevada, you can apply for Social Security disability benefits through two federal programs: SSDI and SSI.

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If you become disabled in Nevada, you can apply for Social Security disability benefits through two federal programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Nevada does not have a state short-term disability program. While many of the processes for SSDI and SSI are standardized throughout the county, there are some differences among the states, including the amount of the SSI payment, the costs of getting medical records to support your disability claim, disability approval statistics, vocational rehabilitation services, and of course, contact information for disability-related offices.

Who Makes the Disability Decisions in Nevada?

In every state, medical determinations are made by a disability examiner (DE). In Nevada, these disability examiners work for the Bureau of Disability Adjudication (BDA), which is a state agency under the Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR).

Note that most states call their disability determination agency "Disability Determination Services (DDS)," so that's the term we use on this website to refer to this agency.

What Are My Chances of Being Approved for Disability Benefits in Nevada?

In Nevada, the approval rates for disability benefits are similar to national rates, both at the initial application stage and after administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings. The average hearing wait time is slightly longer in Nevada compared to the national average.

Below is a chart that compares Nevada's approval rates to the national average for disability benefit approvals.

Stage

Nevada

Nationally

Initial Application

38% approval

36% approval

Reconsideration

15% approval

13% approval

ALJ Hearing

50% approval

51% approval

Hearing Wait Time

12 months

10 months

Does Nevada Pay an SSI Supplement?

While the federal government pays the monthly benefits for recipients of SSI (which may be reduced based on additional income), some states choose to additional monthly benefits. The State of Nevada pays a small supplement to blind people; the amount depends on the recipient's living situation. The Social Security Administration administers this payment for Nevada.

Below is the chart that outlines the maximum that individuals and couples in Nevada are eligible to receive monthly.

Living Situation Nevada Federal Total

Living Independently
Disabled Individual
Blind Individual
Couple (one spouse is blind, one is disabled)
Couple (both spouses blind)
Couple (one spouse is disabled, the other is 65 or older)


$0
$109.30
$374.60
$374.60
$74.60


$841.00
$841.00
$1,261.00
$1,261.00
$1,261.00


$841.00
$950.30
$1,635.60
$1,635.60
$1,335.60

Living in the Household of Another
Disabled Individual
Blind Individual
Couple (one spouse is blind, one is disabled)
Couple (both spouses blind)
Couple (one spouse is disabled, the other is 65 or older)


$0
$211.16
$527.74
$527.74
$45.44


$563.47
$563.47
$844.87
$844.87
$844.87


$563.47
$774.63
$1,372.61
$1,372.61
$890.31

How Can I Receive a Free Copy of My Medical Records in Nevada?

In Nevada, health care professionals are normally allowed to charge up to $0.60 per page for a photocopy of your medical records. Fortunately, those who are obtaining medical records to support a Social Security disability claim are entitled to one free copy of their medical records. To receive the free set of medical records, you should supply your Social Security application or appeals paperwork along with your request for your medical records.

How Do I Contact My Disability Claims Examiner in Nevada?

Here is the contact information for the Bureau of Disability Adjudication (BDA), the office in Nevada where claims examiners make the initial decision regarding your disability benefits.

Carson City BDA
500 East Third Street
Carson City, NV 89713
Telephone: (775) 687-4430

Las Vegas BDA
2800 E. St. Louis Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Telephone: (702) 636-4300

How Do I Contact My Hearing Office in Nevada?

Here is the contact information for the Offices of Hearings Operations (OHO), the offices that handle the appeal hearings in Nevada. There's one in Reno and one in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas OHO
333 Las Vegas Blvd South
Suite 4452
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Telephone: 888-397-5623
Serves the following areas: Henderson, Las Vegas, Las Vegas (North)

Reno OHO
300 Booth Street
Suite 4000
Reno, Nevada 89509
Telephone: (877) 897-0607
Serves the following areas: Reno, Elko

How Do I Find Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Nevada?

In Nevada, the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, under the Nevada DETR, can help disabled individuals who want to return to work. Vocational Rehabilitation provides vocational services and individual counselors, who assess individuals' needs and create job plans for them. Below are the local offices for Vocational Rehabilitation.

Carson City
Nevada JobConnect
1933 N. Carson Street
Telephone: (775) 684-0400

Reno
Nevada JobConnect
1325 Corporate Boulevard
Telephone: (775) 823-8100

Nevada JobConnect
4001 S. Virginia Street
Telephone: (775) 834-1970

Sparks
Nevada JobConnect
1675 E. Prater Way, Suite 103
Telephone: (775) 336-5400

Henderson
Nevada JobConnect
119 Water Street
Telephone: (702) 486-0300

Las Vegas
Rehabilitation office
3016 W. Charleston Suite 200
Telephone: (702) 486-5230

Nevada
JobConnect
3405 S. Maryland Parkway
Telephone: (702) 486-0100

Southern Nevada
Adult Mental Health
6161 W. Charleston Boulevard, Bldg. #2
Telephone: (702) 486-6043

North Las Vegas
Nevada JobConnect
2827 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Telephone: (702) 486-0200

Elko
Nevada JobConnect
172 6th Street
Telephone: (775) 753-1931

ELY
Nevada JobConnect
1500 Avenue F, Suite 1
Telephone: (775) 289-1675

Fallon
Nevada JobConnect
121 Industrial Way
Telephone: (775) 423-6568

Winnemucca
Nevada JobConnect
475 W. Haskell Street, Suite 2
Telephone: (775) 623-6544

How Do I Find a Disability Lawyer in Nevada?

You may want to consider hiring a disability attorney to represent you at your hearing. (Here's how a disability lawyer helps.) To locate an attorney, visit our Nevada disability lawyers page.

Updated July 18, 2022

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