We often think of adults receiving benefits like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, children often can get SSI benefits under certain circumstances. The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees both the SSI and SSDI programs. When assessing children for SSI benefits, SSA personnel look at several important categories.
One criteria relates to the child’s age. To get SSI benefits as a child, an individual must be:
- Unmarried, and
- Under age 18, or
- Under age 22 and a student who regularly attends school.
If the child meets these criteria, the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at the child’s income and resources.
SSI applicants must have income and resources that are under the SSA’s limits. However, the SSA may also consider the income and resources of family members living in the child’s household.
Generally, monthly income rules are as follows:
- A child with a disability other than blindness can earn up to $1,220 every month.
- A child who is blind can earn up to $2,040 per month.
If the child is living in a medical facility, the child’s family may be entitled to receive $30 per month.
Finally, a child that receives his or her own SSI benefits must be disabled. For a child to receive SSI benefits, he or she must meet the following requirements:
- Severe Functional Limitations. The child must have either a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination that severely limits his or her abilities. The SSA will assess children to see what activities they can and cannot do.
- Length of Condition. The child’s condition must have lasted at least 12 months, must be expected to last for 12 months, or must be expected to cause the child’s death.
Whether You’re Applying for Yourself or a Child, You Need Help.
The Social Security Disability Insurance application process can be long and frustrating. You need someone on your side who understands the system.
Also, keep in mind that children with disabilities, or adults disabled before age 18, may be eligible for more than one benefit.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have helped many clients receive the disability benefits they deserve. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.