If you live in Delaware, you can apply for federal disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If the SSA determines that you meet its definition of disability, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although these are federal programs, the disability process is different in every state. Also, Delaware, like most other states, supplements the federal SSI payment for their disabled residents with an extra monthly payment.
Delaware does not have a state-run short-term disability program.
You can file for SSDI or SSI by going to your local SSA field office. There are offices in Dover, Lewes, and New Castle. It's a good idea to make an appointment first, by calling 800-772-1213. Here are the field office addresses:
500 W. Loockerman St., Suite 100
Dover, DE 19904
12001 Old Vine Blvd., Suite 101
Lewes, DE 19958
920 W. Basin Rd., Suite 200
New Castle, DE 19720
You can also file over the phone (if you can't travel or if your field office is too far away) by calling 800-772-1213 or, for SSDI only, by going online to www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability/. Most SSI applicants cannot apply online.
Delaware's Disability Determination Services is the state agency that works with the SSA to determine whether you meet the SSA's definition of disability. It is a part of Delaware's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Here is the contact information for Delaware's DDS:
Delaware Disability Determination Services
920 W. Basin Road, Suite 300
New Castle, DE 19720
P.O. Box 15711
Wilmington, DE 19885-5711
You can learn more at the DVR website.
If you live in Delaware and receive SSI, you could receive a state supplemental payment, but to receive this supplement, you must live in a certified adult residential facility, assisted living facility, or adult foster care home. Individuals can receive up to $140 extra, and couples can receive up to $448 a month. These amounts are in addition to the $771/$1,157 you can receive from the federal government (in 2019). The SSA determines eligibility and administers the supplemental payments for Delaware.
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Updated July 31, 2019
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