Colorado Disability Benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI
If you are a resident of Colorado seeking to apply for SSI or SSDI, you can contact the Social Security office nearest you or you can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. You can also begin an application for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) online.
Disability Evaluation in Colorado
Once Social Security determines that a Colorado disability claimant meets the basic eligibility criteria for either SSDI or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), the agency sends the claimant’s file to Colorado’s Disability Determination Service (DDS). DDS is a state agency run by Colorado’s Department of Human Services. DDS has one office, located at 3190 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014-9833. Its telephone number is (303) 368-4100.
After a disability application is denied in Colorado, you don't need to make a request for reconsideration with DDS. Instead, claimants have 60 days to appeal the denial, and their appeals are scheduled for hearings with an administrative law judge.
Social Security's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) handles disability hearings for SSI and SSDI claimants. Colorado has two ODAR offices. Individuals who live near Alamosa, Canon City, Durango, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, La Junta, Montrose, Pueblo, and Trinidad use the ODAR office located in Colorado Springs:
Plaza of the Rockies
111 S. Tejon Street
Suite 401, North Tower
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Claimants who live near Aurora, Boulder, Denver, Englewood, Lakewood, Fort Collins, and Greeley use the ODAR office located at:
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 752
Denver, Colorado 80204-3584
Additional Assistance for SSI Recipients in Colorado
Most SSI recipients who live independently in Colorado are eligible for a supplemental payment of $25 per month. Colorado administers this supplement through the Colorado Department of Human Services. The supplemental payment means that a typical SSI recipient in Colorado can receive a total of $735/month (the $25 state supplement plus the $710 basic federal benefit).
Colorado pays an increased state supplement to SSI recipients who live in adult foster homes or who receive special services to allow them to remain in their own homes. For example, those living in adult foster homes are eligible for an extra $551 per month, and those who receive home care services can receive a state supplement of $475 per month. Low-income disabled children are also eligible for the home care supplement if they would be institutionalized without the services.
In addition to state supplemental payments, SSI recipients in Colorado are automatically eligible for Medicaid. The Social Security Administration makes Medicaid eligibility determinations when it issues disability award letters, and then Colorado contacts the newly approved recipients directly.
Disability Resources in Colorado
Colorado provides assistance for those applying for Social Security benefits through the state's Social Security field offices. You may also want to seek the services of a lawyer, especially if you've been denied benefits. To arrange a consultation with a disability lawyer in Iowa, use our disability attorney directory.
Colorado also has disability rights advocates at nonprofit agencies such as:
The Legal Center
455 Sherman Street, Suite 130
Denver, CO 80203