Mississippi Disability Benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI

Find out about Mississippi's state supplemental payments, plus how to appeal a denial of Social Security disability or SSI and whether you qualify for Medicaid.

Related Ads

Need Professional Help? Talk to a Lawyer

Enter Your Zip Code to Connect with a Lawyer Serving Your Area

searchbox small

Residents of Mississippi who suffer an injury or mental condition that makes them unable to earn a living may be eligible for federal disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). In some states, persons with disabilities are also eligible to collect state short-term benefits, but Mississippi does not offer state benefits, making federal programs the primary source of disability assistance for Mississippi residents. Nor does Mississippi offer a state payment to supplement the federal SSI payment, unlike most other states. 

Social Security Benefits for Disability 

The two federal disability programs are SSDI (Social Security disability insurance) and SSI (supplemental security income). To apply, 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. But if you are applying for SSI, you must have a phone or in-person appointment to complete your application.

Disability Evaluation in Mississippi

Once Social Security determines that a Mississippian meets the basic eligibility requirements for SSI or SSDI, the agency sends the disability applicant's file to Mississippi’s Disability Determination Services (DDS). A claims examiner at DDS reviews the applicant's medical records and decides whether the applicant is disabled. When an applicant is approved for SSI, he or she is also automatically approved for Mississippi's Medicaid program.

DDS has one office in Mississippi, run by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services:

Disability Determination Services
1281 Highway 51 North
Madison, MS 39110
800-962-2230

Disability Resources in Mississippi

Disability Rights Mississippi assists people with many disability-related issues, though it doesn't assist with Social Security disability applications. Here is its contact information:

Disability Rights Mississippi
210 E. Capitol Street Suite 600
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
601-968-0600

For help applying for disability or appealing a denial, you may want to arrange a consultation with a Mississippi disability attorney.

Talk to a Disability Lawyer

Start here to find disability attorneys near you.
HOW IT WORKS
how it works 1
Briefly tell us about your case
how it works 2
Provide your contact information
how it works 1
Connect with local attorneys
LA-NOLO2:DRU.1.6.3.20141021.28794