It can be a stressful and confusing process to access Social Security Disability benefits for minors living in Michigan and across the nation. The complexities of the regulations can seem arcane and frustrating, considering how frequently they change. When it comes to minors with disabilities, there are often different criteria that must be met than for a disabled adult applying for these insurance benefits. Spend the time to analyze the website of the Social Security Administration in order to learn the most recent requirements and legal rights of the minor in question.

Nationally, each minor applying for Social Security Supplemental Income (often abbreviated to SSSI) must meet particular qualifications for eligibility. The Social Security Administration states that these include, but are not limited to:

  • Having at least one medical condition resulting in “marked and severe functional limitations”
  • The medical condition must either last, have lasted, or be expected to last for 12 months
  • The minor cannot earn more than $1,220 per month in 2019 if they are not blind
  • The minor cannot earn more than $2,040 per month in 2019 if they are blind

Providing full documentation of the health of the minor, including doctor notes, hospital reports and educational reviews can assist in giving a thorough picture of the abilities and disabilities of the minor in question.

The Social Security Supplemental Income payments differ for each state. According to the World Institute on Disability, minors in Michigan can receive up to $771 per month, as well as a bonus every three months depending on personal evaluations. Each minor may receive different amounts of SSDI, so it is a good idea for parents and guardians to take care in applying for the benefits.