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Social Security Disability - Using Community Resources

Social Security Disability - Using Community Resources By Becca Rode



The process of applying for Social Security disability is sometimes confusing and complicated.

 The process of applying for Social Security disability is sometimes confusing and complicated. There is not much that can be done about the paperwork and phone calls, but there are several community and state programs that are ready and willing to help disabled Americans. If you are waiting for your disability claim to be approved and need physical, mental, social, or even emotional help, it may be worth looking into. Here we will discuss some of the most helpful resources.

Most states have a division specifically for those with health problems. In Idaho, it is called the their medical benefits, etc. To find out more, contact your local Social Security Administration Department of Health and Welfare. In Utah, it is the Division of Workforce Services. Regardless of the name, this department may help you with medications, finding a job, get Medicaid or/and ask for a referral, or check with your government listings.

United Way is another good resource for the disabled. Their mission is to assist Americans nationwide with education, income, and health. The goal with education is specifically to ensure quality Child Care, increase school readiness for children, and push for academic completion. In terms of income, their goal is to increase financial independence and help prepare for retirement. They certainly have much to offer a disabled American with limited financial means. Health is also an important issue, and United Way has programs for adults as well as children. It is worth a look.

It may also be worth looking into your state Department of Health. There are sometimes free clinics offering health care or other services. There may also be programs offered at a reduced rate for those with limited means. At the very least, someone at the Dept of Health should be able to refer you to a good doctor or specialist for your condition.

If you are religious, check with your religious leaders to see if a welfare program exists. Many religions are connected with such a program and may be able to help. Or, if you have a disability attorney (or even if you don't), call and ask for a list of community or state programs or resources that they recommend.

Many disability applicants do not realize that their elected state officials may also be able to help. If your medical or financial condition is becoming urgent, gather documentation to that effect and send it to Social Security. If your case is not expedited, contact your State Representative. Send copies of your documentation and request that your representative intervene on your behalf. If successful, your file may be moved to the top of the list.

If you have been seeing a doctor, ask about resources for medical and financial assistance. Many clinics have brochures upon request and can answer any questions you may have.

If none of these resources are helpful, check with Social Security about your individual situation. There may still be help out there for you-it just may take a little more research. Wherever you are in the disability process, best of luck.


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