If you are injured or ill and live in West Virginia, you can apply for Social Security disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you can no longer work. While SSDI and SSI are federal programs, states are responsible for running their own Disability Determination Services agencies (DDS) to help the Social Security Administration (SSA). Also, most states offer supplemental benefits while others do not for those in financial need.
You can file for Social Security disability online, in person at your local field office, and by telephone. You can file for SSI only in person at your local field office or by telephone. Call 800-772-1213 to set up an appointment or to apply by phone, To apply online for SSDI, visit www.ssa.gov/pgm/disability.htm.
West Virginia’s Disability Determination Section (DDS) gathers and reviews medical evidence to determine whether West Virginians are disabled -- DDS makes the initial decisions about whether a claimant meets the SSA’s definition of disabled, not the SSA. DDS also schedules consultative medical examinations if necessary. Only at the disability hearing stage of appeal is a disability case handed back to the SSA.
West Virginia’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), a division of the Department of Education and the Arts, administers DDS. The contact information for DDS is:
West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
107 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301-2609
800-642-8207 (statewide toll-free)
304-356-2060 (administrative offices in Charleston)
For more information, visit the DRS website.
Depending on where you live in West Virginia, your disability appeal hearing may be held at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Morgantown or out of state at a hearing office in Richmond or Roanoke, Virginia. You can locate your hearing office on the SSA's website.
Some states offer an SSI supplemental payment in addition to any amount received from the federal government. Although West Virginia does not offer an SSI supplement per say, it does provide additional financial state assistance for certain disabled residents with special needs. The amounts range from $879 for those living in an adult family care home to $1,122 for those living in a residential board and care home. The amounts depend on the circumstances of the special needs. This financial assistance is managed by West Virginia’s State Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families and Bureau of Senior Services.
The state also pays burial costs up to $1,250 for those in financial need.
If you need help appealing a disability denial, visit our West Virginia disability lawyers’ page to find a local attorney who can help you.