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How should I prepare to apply for SSI benefits for a child?

Tennessee children may qualify for Supplemental Security Income benefits. In order to receive benefits, a child must have a disability, whether mental or physical, that seriously limits his or her abilities, and such condition must either be expected to last or have already lasted for one year, or be expected to result in death.

In order to obtain SSI benefits for a disabled child, it is necessary for the adult who is applying on the child's behalf to have an interview with someone at the Social Security Administration, as the Agency makes a determination regarding disability. Prior to the interview, an individual needs to gather information and prepare to present facts regarding the child's background.

It is essential to supply detailed medical information regarding the child's condition. Such medical information shall include the child's medical records, including specific dates the child was treated or seen by medical providers, as well as contact information for every clinic, hospital, doctor, or therapist who has treated or seen the child over the course of the previous year or more. Additionally, the SSA will want to have a list of any medications the child is taking, and the child's medical assistance number, if applicable.

The SSA requires additional information as well. For example, before making a determination regarding whether a child qualifies for SSI benefits, the Agency will consider a family's available income and resources based on proof of current income and resources for those living in the child's household. Additionally, the Agency requires that an applicant provide the names and Social Security numbers of all individuals who live in the child's household.

This is just some of the information that will be necessary to supply to the SSA when applying for SSI benefits for a child. The application and interview process can be complex and lengthy. An individual who is seeking SSI benefits for a child may wish to consult with an attorney for assistance in gathering the required information and preparing for an interview with the SSA.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Checklist - Childhood Disability Interview," accessed Sep. 30, 2016

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