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My child has been diagnosed with ADHD and I believe she may be eligible for SSI.
What do I need to do to apply?

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When applying for SSI for children, you will be asked to provide your child's birth certificate and Social Security Number and financial information. The Social Security Administration will want detailed information about your child's condition and functioning from family members, teachers, doctors, counselors, and others who know, work with, or care for him or her. Social Security may require additional mental health and medical evaluations (at no cost to families). If your child is approved for SSI, his or her information will be reviewed every three years to determine if they still meet the disability and income eligibility requirements.

For more information on SSI, visit the Social Security Administration's Supplemental Security Income benefits webpage and/or review Social Security: Benefits for children with disabilities; call 800-772-1213; or contact your local Social Security Office. Please also see our FAQ, My child was just diagnosed with ADHD. Is she eligible for SSI?

Sources:

Social Security Administration. (January 2014). Benefits for Social Security: children with disabilities. (SSA Publication No. 05-10026 ICN 455360).

Social Security Administration website.



Published: June, 2014
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