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Florida laws to help children with qualifying mental conditions


A concern that often arises for Florida parents who have a child with a mental disorder is how to pay for the child's care. Although Social Security disability is a useful program to provide assistance to these parents, there are frequent worries regarding the rules and regulations as to how much can be received, what the work and income requirements are and what can happen to deny or end benefits for those who believed they had sufficient cause to get them.

What is an organic mental disorder?


People in Florida and across the country who are suffering from some form of mental illness need to understand that they might be eligible for Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions. Before moving forward with a filing, however, it's important to have a grasp on certain terms involved with filing, such as what an organic mental disorder is and whether or not they meet the criteria to be approved after filing for disability benefits. This is especially true with children.

Seeking Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions


When a person in Kissimmee and throughout the state is suffering from depression or some other form of mental illness, they might be under the impression that they have to suffer in silence and can't seek help or benefits to get well. However, this is a mistake. Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions are available to those who meet the criteria. These are legitimate health issues and those who are suffering from them need not be embarrassed when filing for disability benefits for mental illness.

Understanding mental conditions that may qualify for disability


Social Security Disability benefits may be available for both physical and mental medical conditions. In general, qualifying for SSD benefits requires that the applicant suffers from a medical condition that is expected to continue 12 months or longer or result in death. In addition, the medical condition must be severe enough that the applicant is prevented from working and earning and income because of it. The work history of the applicant is also be taken into account when applying for SSD benefits, however, if the applicant is low income but does not have sufficient work history, that may not be the end of the story. Additional options, such as through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, may be available to applicants in the latter situation.