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My child was just diagnosed with ADHD.
Is she eligible for SSI?

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Children with ADHD up to age 18 who meet strict disability and income requirements may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) under Social Security.

SSI is reserved for people with severe, chronic conditions and great financial need. For children with ADHD to be considered disabled for SSI purposes, their ADHD must very seriously limit their daily functioning and be present (or be expected to last) for at least 12 months. Most children with ADHD who qualify as having a disability for SSI usually have co-existing conditions along with their ADHD. In addition, children and their families must have very low incomes and few resources. Therefore, the majority of children with ADHD will not qualify for SSI.

For more information about the criteria used to determine if a child is eligible for SSI, please see the Social Security Administration's Child Disability Starter Kit - Fact Sheet. For additional information on applying for SSI for a child diagnosed with ADHD, please also see Benefits for children with disabilities and our FAQ, I think my child may be eligible for SSI. What do I need to do to apply?

Sources:

Social Security Administration. (January 2014). Benefits for Social Security: children with disabilities. (SSA Publication No. 05-10026 ICN 455360).

Social Security Administration website.



Published: June, 2014
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