Autism Integrated Care Program

Supplemental Security Income for Children With Disabilities

What is Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides monthly cash payments to people who are in need and meet income eligibility. SSI is for people who are 65 or older as well as for blind or disabled people of any age, including children with physical disabilities or mental disabilities.

How do I apply for SSI?

Step 1: Make an appointment to apply in person

Step 2: Take these papers with you to the Social Security Office

Note: KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENT even if you don’t have all the papers. The Social Security Office can help you get the papers. For birth certificates, call the county where your child was born to order a copy.

To find a Social Security Office near you, go to the Social Security Office Locator website or call 1-800-772-1213.

Step 3:  While you are waiting for the SSI letter, apply for other services

Your child may still qualify for Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid, or other services even if he/she doesn’t get SSI. 

Step 4:  Make copies of the letter that tells you if your child qualified for SSI or not

Take the SSI letter with you to qualify for other services, even if you didn’t get SSI.

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