Questions about child ssi process in IL?

Siarra - posted on 08/22/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone

My son has been diagnosed with multiple disabilities, including bipolar disorder and ADHD. I applied for ssi in May 2011 for his asthma and speech issues. He was denied twice but I kept appealing. The speech and asthma improved but He was diagnosed for Bipolar and ADHD in May 2013. After that, He had a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge in June 2013, who approved him at the hearing. I still had to wait for a written decision. The written decision was sent on August 21,2013. I had a copy of it and It is fully favorable. But now i have an appt. and have to bring proof of income of everyone in the household. I am currently living with my mom because I lose my apartment in July 2013. I barely am making any money and if it wasn't for my mom, I don't know where we would be. I wanted to know if they are asking for my mom income and mines or just mines? If so, How would this affect his ssi payments?....Im just so frustrated and confused.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/22/2013

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I'd definitely make sure with your rep, Siarra. The main thing is you don't want to be considered to be "hiding" income or support.

The thing is, if he qualifies, he qualifies, and his support amount should not change. But, if you could also qualify as a caregiver, and they feel that you've hidden income or support in order to qualify, they'd disqualify you. That was the thing they explained to me. My kids qualified, nothing changed that, nor the amount that they qualified for. But, my income was on the borderline. So, if they'd qualified me, that would have reduced the amount going to my sons, but NOT reduced the amount coming into the home.

It's a slightly confusing process, but our rep was superb, and didn't mind all of the (what I thought were) stupid questions!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/22/2013

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Any time, Siarra. Go ahead and pm me if you have any other questions.

Siarra - posted on 08/22/2013

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Ok...I did speak to someone finally and she explained this better. She said that they will go by my income only, any checking or saving accounts i have, if i own a vehicle, and need information for other kids in the household. She said I can bring my mom info but its not necessary....The local office rep didn't explain this and didn't want to help anymore. That's why I felt so lost....but thank you again

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/22/2013

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One thing I did do, was to call the main contact number for the SSA, and asked to be directed to someone who could answer questions regarding SSI.

Definitely do not give up on this though, because those payments can make a lot of difference in what you're able to get for your son.

Siarra - posted on 08/22/2013

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@ shawnn lively

Thank you...you've been helpful...hopefully my rep is as helpful as yours...I live in IL and its like most of the government agencies reps don't care, don't want to help, or have a nasty attitude because you ask questions. so yea i'm being hopeful because i feel lost and confused....

Siarra - posted on 08/22/2013

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@shawnn lively
Thank you....My mom has a higher income than me but she pay for her things and I pay for me and my son things....I just don't want them to look at it and say he don't quality because they think its all together and that's not the case...

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/22/2013

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It's a question that you need to ask your SSI representative, Siarra.

When my kids went on SSI, they wanted the income of everyone in the household, which at this point, would be your mother as well, since you are living with her.

It's actually to determine if anyone else would qualify for benefits, as well, My kids got theirs because their dad is medically disabled, and in order to determine if I qualified as well, I had to provide all income. But, with any case in the SSA realm, it's always best to ask questions. Trust me, they expect them, and will be more than happy to assist you.

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