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Michigan Disability Benefits

Michigan residents with disabilities have a number of resources to receive financial assistance, including federal and state programs.

Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Michigan residents with disabilities have a number of resources to receive financial assistance, including federal and state programs. At the federal level, the Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

These disability services are run through Michigan Disability Determination Services (DDS) which processes all SSA disability claims and determines what benefits are awarded.

Michigan disability services also extend to state programs like their State Disability Assistance (SDA), unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, and Medicaid (a joint federal and state program). Michigan currently does not provide state short-term disability benefits, but you may qualify for coverage through private insurance companies or your employer.

Facts About Michigan

Nearly one in three Michigan residents has some kind of disability. 14% of Michiganders have cognitive or developmental disabilities, and 13% have a physical disability. Disabled individuals in Michigan also have a higher likelihood of obesity, smoking, or suffering from diabetes or heart disease.

Only 4.8% of residents currently receive Social Security disability benefits, leaving a large portion of the disabled population without financial assistance.

How To Qualify for SSDI in Michigan

The criteria for receiving Social Security Disability are the same in all states since it is a federally funded program. The two main criteria to meet are connected to the severity of your documented disability and whether you’ve worked long enough to pay into the Social Security system.

The SSA has compiled a comprehensive list of disabilities that it considers “severe” enough to earn disability insurance. Please consult this list before submitting your disability claim to ensure your condition is on it. Your condition must limit your ability to work for at least 12 months to qualify.

You will also have to show an adequate work history, meaning you have paid enough in taxes to qualify to receive assistance. The minimum amount of time that an individual must work is typically 10 years. Note that this can vary depending on your age and disability.

If you are currently working in some capacity, you are protected under federal law from disability discrimination. Your employer must provide any reasonable accommodation for your medical condition to help you complete your job duties.

Even if you meet SSA requirements, your claim still may be denied. Since determination is made at the state level, it’s up to the Michigan Department of DDS to review your application. In the state of Michigan, roughly 65% of all first-time applications are denied. However, if you receive a denial, you can start the appeals process to pursue your benefits.

How To Apply for SSDI in Michigan

There are three ways to apply for SSD benefits— in person, online, or over the phone. Applications for SSDI in Michigan are made to your local Social Security field office. Michigan has 45 offices throughout the state.

Applying online at the federal Social Security website is the fastest way for an applicant to submit their claim, or you can also call (800) 772-1213 to speak with a representative who can walk you through the process. If you wish to apply in person, you’ll need to schedule an appointment first.

Before you apply, take the time to compile the appropriate documentation and medical evidence to support your claim. In general, you should have the following:

  • Personal information: Full names and DOBs for you, your spouse, and any minor children. They may also ask for your Social Security number, birth certificate, medical record, or marriage or divorce documentation.
  • Medical records associated with your disability. This includes contact information for doctors, clinics, or existing services and should cover any physical, intellectual, or mental illness.
  • Past and current employment information

How To Appeal a Denial in Michigan

Approximately 65% of applicants are denied on their initial application. Don’t lose hope if this happens to you. Most people submit at least one appeal before their case is approved.

There are 4 stages of the appeals process. Each level of the appeals process must be submitted within 60 days of the previous denial, and you must go through each stage before moving on to the next.

Step 1: Reconsideration – The first step is to request to have a different SSA representative review your disability case to see if an error was made. This is the fastest and easiest level of the appeals process and you don’t need to provide any additional documentation. In Michigan, 30% of applications are approved at this level.

Step 2: Disability Adjudication – If your reconsideration was denied, you may request a formal hearing with an administrative law judge. You’ll likely be asked to bring additional documentation or witnesses who can support your case, and many people choose to hire a disability attorney. Unfortunately, it can take over a year to get a hearing date at one of seven Hearing and Appeal Offices in the state.

Step 3: Appeal Council – In the third level of appeals, you’ll request to have an Appeals Council review the previous decisions. At this stage, most people will hire an attorney versed in disability law.

Step 4: District Court – At this highest level of appeals you will request that a federal district court review the Appeals Court decision. There are two federal district courts in Michigan, one in Detroit and one in Grand Rapids.

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is another Social Security benefit like SSDI. SSI benefits are intended for those with very low income who are disabled, blind, or over 65 years old. When you apply for SSDI, the DDS will evaluate your application to see if you also qualify for SSI benefits.

Michigan SDA

Michigan provides State Disability Assistance (SDA) run by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). This program provides cash assistance to disabled residents (or in some cases those 65+ without a disability) or to a caretaker of a disabled person.

Those seeking SDA benefits can apply online using MI Bridges, or you can get personalized help by contacting your local county office. Beneficiaries will receive aid via a Bridge card which can be used like a debit card to withdraw cash or pay for items like groceries.

If you qualify for SSDI benefits, you automatically qualify for SDA. You can also qualify if you are living in a “qualified Special Living Arrangement facility,” like housing for aged, infirmed, or disabled adults. You can also receive SDA benefits if you’re in an independent living situation receiving help from a caretaker.

Michigan Medicaid

Michigan Medicaid offers health insurance and other health-related services to individuals earning less than $17,131 a year. Most people who qualify for SSI will also qualify for Medicaid. Recipients of Medicaid typically have to pay a very low co-pay for services that average $2 to $3 per service.

Michigan Unemployment

Those who need temporary financial assistance due to a loss of employment through no fault of their own can apply for Michigan unemployment benefits, managed by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. This is a weekly cash benefit of up to $362. The fastest and easiest way to submit an unemployment claim is online through the state’s Michigan Web Account Manager (MIWAM).

Michigan Social Security Offices

SSA Field Office Locations in Michigan

Ludington SSA Office

150 N Jebavy Dr

Ludington, MI 49431

(866) 495-0075

West Branch SSA Office

2938 Hansen Rd

West Branch, MI 48661

(877) 897-0602

Detroit-D/T SSA Office

477 Michigan Ave

McNamara Bldg Rm 450

Detroit, MI 48226

(888) 748-7691

Marquette SSA Office

300 S Front St 1St Floor, Ste 1

Marquette, MI 49855

(855) 782-9154

Grand Rapids SSA Office

3045 Knapp St Ne

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

(877) 319-5710

Saginaw SSA Office

611 E. Genesee Ave.

Saginaw, MI 48607

(877) 405-5868


1149 Robert T Longway

Flint, MI 48503

(888) 318-7282

Pontiac SSA Office

1280 Pontiac Rd

Pontiac, MI 48340

(866) 299-3777

Jackson SSA Office

234 W Louis Glick Hwy Ste 200

Jackson, MI 49201

(877) 405-0473

Traverse City SSA Office

1329 S Division St

Traverse City, MI 49684

(866) 739-4802

Kalamazoo SSA Office

317 South Drake Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49009

(866) 331-9088

Lansing SSA Office

5210 Perry Robinson

Lansing, MI 48911

(877) 512-5944

Escanaba SSA Office

1013 1St Ave North

Escanaba, MI 49829

(877) 545-5503

Bay City SSA Office

1115 Washington Ave

Bay City, MI 48708

(866) 366-4924

Detroit-East SSA Office

19251 Mack Ave Suite 200

Detroit, MI 48236

(877) 845-0540

Detroit-High Pk

60 East Grand Avenue

Highland Park, MI 48203

(877) 512-5945

Battle Creek SSA Office

5700 Beckley Rd Ste D1

Battle Creek, MI 49015

(877) 445-0829

Muskegon SSA Office

340 Morris Avenue

Muskegon, MI 49440

(866) 763-2632

Dearborn SSA Office

19853 Outer Drive Suite 200

Dearborn, MI 48124

(877) 714-0392

Fort Gratiot SSA Office

2620 Krafft Rd

Fort Gratiot, MI 48059

(877) 895-0042

Detroit-NW SSA Office

26840 W Seven Mile Rd

Redford, MI 48240

(888) 329-5729

Roseville SSA Office

15250 E 12 Mile Rd

Roseville, MI 48066

(877) 833-2541

Bent Har-St Joe

455 Bond St

Benton Harbor, MI 49022

(877) 405-5457

Ann Arbor SSA Office

3971 Research Park Dr Suite A

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

(877) 402-0825

Mount Pleasant SSA Office

1940 Sweeney St

Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

(877) 405-7667

Petoskey SSA Office

308 State St Suite 8

Petoskey, MI 49770

(866) 574-2588

Monroe SSA Office

1300 S Telegraph Rd

Monroe, MI 48161

(877) 274-5416

Alpena SSA Office

111 N 4th Ave

Alpena, MI 49707

(877) 452-4195

Grand River SSA Office

9222 Grand River Ave

Detroit, MI 48204

(866) 405-0043

Detroit 7 Mile SSA Office

10201 W Seven Mile Rd

Detroit, MI 48221

(866) 365-6741

Detroit Conner SSA Office

3400 Conner St

Detroit, MI 48215

(877) 405-7824

Clawson SSA Office

140 North Crooks

Clawson, MI 48017

(888) 456-9559

Sault St Marie SSA Office

2861 Ashmun St Ste 1

Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783

(855) 285-6007

Wyandotte SSA Office

3450 Biddle Ave

Wyandotte, MI 48192

(866) 964-7407

Holland SSA Office

657 Hastings Ave

Holland, MI 49423

(877) 223-6062

Adrian SSA Office

1040 S Winter St

Suite 2401

Adrian, MI 49221

(877) 512-5943

Owosso SSA Office

306 North Gould Street

Owosso, MI 48867

(855) 628-1592

Farmington SSA Office

27650 Farmington Rd

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

(866) 331-2210

Inkster SSA Office

28657 Cherry Hill Rd

Inkster, MI 48141

(866) 704-4860

Chesterfield SSA Office

26200 21 Mile Road

Chesterfield, MI 48051

(866) 635-0788

Detroit-SW SSA Office

5715 Michigan Ave

Detroit, MI 48210

(877) 319-0730

Big Rapids SSA Office

502 N State St Ste A

Big Rapids, MI 49307

(855) 245-0641

Livonia SSA Office

34010 Plymouth Road

Livonia, MI 48150

(866) 964-7371

Sterling Heights

7385 Triangle Drive

Sterling Heights, MI 48314

(888) 619-4768

North Flint SSA Office

2021 W. Carpenter Rd

Flint, MI 48505

(877) 748-9766

Michigan Hearing and Appeal Offices

Michigan is in Region 5 (Chicago), which services Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 5 – SSA Office of Hearing Operations in Michigan

SSA Hearing Office – Detroit

477 Michigan Avenue, Rm 900

Patrick V. McNamara Fed Bldg

Detroit, MI 48226

(888) 748-7696

SSA Hearing Office – Flint

300 West Second Street

Flint, MI 48502-2047

(877) 607-9526

SSA Hearing Office – Grand Rapids

1925 Breton Road SE Suite 200

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(866) 613-2860

SSA Hearing Office – Lansing

4202 Collins Road Suite 200

Lansing, MI 48910

(877) 691-6144

SSA Hearing Office – Livonia

19575 Victor Parkway 3rd Floor

Livonia, MI 48152

(866) 530-7806

SSA Hearing Office – Mount Pleasant

4035 Sweeney Road

Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

(866) 873-6604

SSA Hearing Office – Oak Park

25900 Gree
field Road

Crown Pointe Bldg Suite 500

Oak Park, MI 48237-1267

(877) 223-6060


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