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Iowa Disability Determination Services

The Disability Determination Services (DDS) is a bureau within the IVRS structure.  DDS provides services involving the receipt and evaluations of claims received from Iowa citizens with disabilities to determine their eligibility for economic support via Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits.  The program is totally federally funded.  Below is additional basic information regarding the Social Security Administration.

 

Basic Program Information

Program Description

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two programs that provide benefits based on disability: the Social Security disability insurance program (Title II of the Social Security Act (the Act) and the supplemental security income (SSI) program (Title XVI of the Act).

Title II provides for payment of disability benefits to individuals who are "insured" under the Act by virtue of their contributions to the Social Security trust fund through the Social Security tax on their earnings, as well as to certain disabled dependents of insured individuals. Title XVI Provides for SSI payments to individuals (including children under age 18) who are disabled and have limited income and resources.

The Act and SSA's implementing regulations prescribe rules for deciding if an individual is "disabled." SSA's criteria for deciding if someone is disabled are not necessarily the same as the criteria applied in other Government and private disability programs.

Definition of Disability

For all individuals applying for disability benefits under title II, and for adults applying under title XVI, the definition of disability is the same. The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairments(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less that 12 months.

Disability in Children

Under title XVI, a child under age 18 will be considered disabled if he or she has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that causes marked and severe functional limitations, and that can be expected to cause death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less that 12 months.

What is a "Medically Determinable Impairment"

A medically determinable physical or mental impairment is an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. A physical or mental impairment must be established by medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings-not only by the individual's statement of symptoms.

The Disability Determination Process

Most disability claims are initially processed through a network of local determination services, or DDS. Subsequent appeals of unfavorable determinations may be decided in the DDS or by administrative law judges in SSA's Office of Hearings and Appeals.

Social Security Field Offices

SSA representatives in the field offices usually obtain applications for disability benefits, either in person, by telephone, or by mail. The application and related forms ask for a description of the claimant's impairment(s), names, addresses, and telephone numbers of treatment sources, and other information that relates to the alleged disability. (The "claimant" is the person who is requesting disability benefits.)

The field office is responsible for verifying nonmedical eligibility requirement, which may include age, employment, marital status, or Social Security coverage information. The field office send the case to a DDS for evaluation of disability.

Application

You must file for disability benefits at your local federal Social Security Office. You may either call toll free at 1-800-772-1213 or visit your local office listed below.

 

 

 

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