Not all disabilities are obvious and physical. Many individuals in Florida suffer from mental conditions, causing as almost invisible disability in some cases. Whether or not it is obvious that a person is suffering from a disability, this does not determine if that person is in fact disabled. Thus, many individuals with mental conditions are able to receive Social Security disability benefits, helping them meet their basic living needs that are hindered by their disability.
In the United States, both Socials Security disability benefits (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are available to citizens living with disabilities. Both of these programs are available to those living with a mental condition. However, applicants need to meet the eligibility requirements set for each program as well as the condition they seek to qualify for.
There are roughly nine million people who receive SSD benefits, and according to data collected from 2013, roughly 35.2 percent of these qualifying individuals are receiving these benefits for a mental health conditions. While SSDI benefits are based on an applicant obtaining enough work credits, SSI eligibility is based on an applicant’s income. Specifically, the SSI program was designed to assist low-income individuals living with a disability. And based on current statistics, more than eight million Americans receive SSI benefits.
Whether you are seeking SSD benefits or SSI benefits, obtaining these benefits is based on meeting the qualifications for a mental condition. This can be challenging, and requires evidence from medical professionals proving diagnosis and the restraints the condition puts on an applicant’s life.
Initiating a claim for SSD benefit isn’t an easy process. One may not fully understand if they qualify or what program he or she could qualify for. Therefore, it can prove to be very beneficial to become aware of your rights and options, seeking legal guidance when necessary.
Source: Nami.org, “Supplemental Security Income (SSI) And Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI),” Accessed Sept. 17, 2017