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The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

Social Security offers an online disability application you can complete at your convenience.


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes): it is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. For information on applying for SSI, CLICK HERE

RECORDING! Accessing SSI/SSDI: Busting Myths Through the Maryland SOAR Program (2021)


Participants will learn how implimenting key principles can lead to incrased numbers of SSI/SSDI applications. This session, originally recorded at the 39th NAMI Maryland Annual Conference, aims to debunk the many myths surrounding the benefit process and provide practical toolks taht can be used when applying for benefits. Watch the Recording.