If you are a resident of Idaho seeking to apply for Social Security disability (SSDI) or SSI (disability for low-income people), you can contact the Social Security field office nearest you or you can call Social Security at 800-772-1213. You can also start your application online. If you are applying for SSI, you must have a phone or in-person appointment to complete your application.
After Social Security takes your disability application, your file is sent to Idaho’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) agency. Idaho’s DDS is a part of the state's Department of Labor. Claims examiners who work at DDS review your file, request medical records from your doctor, and decide whether you meet Social Security’s definition of disabled.
DDS has one office in Idaho. Its address is 1505 N. McKinney, Boise, ID 83704-8533. Its telephone number is 800-626-2681.
If your initial claim is denied, the next step in Idaho is to seek reconsideration. If your request for reconsideration is denied, then the next step is to ask for a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). ALJ hearings are administered through Social Security’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
There are three ODAR offices that hold hearing for Idahoans. Individuals living near Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston use the ODAR office in Spokane, Washington. Its address is 714 N Iron Bridge Way, Ste 200, Spokane, Washington 99202-4929. Its telephone number is 888-253-3903.
Individuals living near Boise, Caldwell, and Twin Falls use the Boise ODAR office at 720 Park Blvd., Ste. 275, Boise, ID 83712. Its telephone number is 866-826-3892.
Individuals living near Idaho Falls and Pocatello use the ODAR office in Salt Lake City at 125 South State Street, Ste. 3102, Salt Lake City, UT 84138. Its telephone number is 877-628-6579.
You can locate an attorney to handle your disability case in Idaho by using our disability attorney locator tool.
All adults receiving SSI in Idaho are eligible for Aid for Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD), a supplemental benefit program that is run by the state. AABD pays $53 per month for adults living independently who receive the full federal benefit rate in SSI ($710 in 2013). In other words, a typical SSI recipient who lives independently in Idaho can receive a total monthly disability payment of $763.
AABD payment amounts vary depending on the SSI recipient’s living situation, however. For example, adults living in certain assisted living facilities can receive up to $473 per month in AABD. Children who receive SSI are also eligible for supplemental payments, and the amount of the payment depends on the child's living situation.
To apply for AABD, visit your local office of the state Department of Health and Welfare or call the agency at 877-456-1233.