If you are a resident of North Dakota and you can no longer work due to a disability, you may be eligible for SSDI (Social Security disability) or 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 North Dakota
Once Social Security determines that a North Dakotan meets the basic eligibility criteria for either SSI or SSDI, the agency sends the disability claimant’s file to North Dakota’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) agency. Claims examiners who work at DDS review medical information in the claimant’s file and decide whether the claimant has a condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability.
DDS has one office in North Dakota, administered by the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Its address is 1237 West Divide, Suite 4, Bismarck, ND 58501. Its telephone number is (701) 328-8700.
If your initial claim is denied, the next step in North Dakota is to seek reconsideration from the DDS. 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). In North Dakota, the ODAR office is in Fargo. It is located at 655 First Avenue North, Suite 150, Fargo, North Dakota 58102-4971, and its telephone number is (877) 319-3073.
Additional Assistance for SSI Recipients in North Dakota
North Dakota does not provide any supplemental monthly payments to SSI recipients, unlike most other states. North Dakota does have a program called "Service Payments for the Elderly and Disabled" (SPED) that offers financial assistance with the costs of adult foster care and in-home services like housekeeping and chore services, emergency telephone service, payments to relative caregivers, respite care, and case management. To apply, contact the social services office in your county.
North Dakota makes its own Medicaid eligibility determinations. So, while SSI recipients are not automatically eligible for Medicaid in North Dakota, most SSI recipients will find that they are eligible. In fact, North Dakota’s Medicaid resource limit of $3,000 for an individual is higher than the SSI countable resource limit of $2,000, so some individuals who are have too many assets to qualify for SSI will still qualify for Medicaid.
To apply for Medicaid, visit your local social services office. If you like, you can complete the application before you go to the office.
Disability Resources in North Dakota
North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project assists people with disability-related issues like vocational rehabilitation and asserting their rights regarding disability, though it doesn't assist with disability applications. Here is its contact information:
North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project
400 East Broadway, Suite 409
Bismarck, ND 58501
800-472-2670 (In-State Toll Free)
For help applying for disability or appealing a denial, you may want to arrange a consultation with a North Dakota disability attorney.