The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability payments to eligible children. If the claimant disagrees with the initial disability determination, he/she can file an appeal within 60 days of the date of notification of the determination. In most cases, an individual may request up to three levels of administrative review: (1) reconsideration by the disability determination services (DDS), (2) hearing by an administrative law judge, and (3) review by the Appeals Council. If a claimant is dissatisfied with the Appeals Council’s decision, he/she may appeal to the Federal Courts.
Our objective was to determine the average overall processing times for childhood SSI disability claims decided in Calendar Year (CY) 2010 by the DDS, hearing offices, Appeals Council, and Federal Courts.