When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Santa Rosa, CA, it’s not unusual for several months to pass before your initial application is reviewed and only about 31% of applicants are approved after the initial review of their claim. If you’re denied at the first review, you may request a second. If the second review also results in a denial, your next step is to appeal, after which your case will be heard by an administrative law judge. It can take anywhere from six months to more than a year before all reviews and appeals are processed.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires individuals who receive SSD to be unable to work for a year or more as a result of permanent disabling condition. To put in an application for SSD, you’ll need to call the SSA at (800)772-1213 or complete your application at your local SSA field office serving Santa Rosa. If you need help finding your local office, call the main SSA phone number listed above, or visit the online SSA Office Locator. Some applicants for Santa Rosa disability benefits also complete their forms online at the SSA’s site.
Santa Rosa Health Resources
You’ll turn in your application for Santa Rosa disability benefits to your local office where it will be reviewed for completeness before being sent on the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office. At the DDS, the medical documentation of your disability will be reviewed under SSA guidelines to determine your eligibility.
Supporting your claim means showing you’ve received ongoing and regular medical care for the condition or conditions causing your disability. Paying for healthcare with limited financial resources can be difficult. Here are a few Santa Rosa disability resources for free and low cost medical services.
Santa Rosa A Street Clinic
456 A St,
Santa Rosa, CA 95401-5220
Brookwood Health Center
983 Sonoma Ave,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4818
Southeast Community Health Center
751 Lombardi Ct, Suite B,
Santa Rosa, CA 95407-5454
Vista Family Health Center
3569 Round Barn Circle,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-1757
Santa Rosa Mental Health Resources
If you’re disabled due to a mental or psychological condition, or such a condition plays a role in your physical disability, you must include substantiating documentation in your SSD application showing ongoing mental health care. Here are a few of the Santa Rosa disability resources for low cost and free mental health providers.
Brookwood Health Center
983 Sonoma Ave,
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Elsie Allen Health Center
599 Santa Rosa Ave,
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Santa Rosa Supplemental Security Benefits
Those who receive Santa Rosa disability benefits are sometimes eligible for other benefits as well, like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and Medicare. SSI is most often issued to those who need residential care or other similar services, though it can be for everyday expenses too. Medicaid – which is called Medi-Cal in California – and Medicare both pay medical-related expenses. To learn more about SSI, contact the Santa Rosa SSA office at:
Social Security Administration
2099 Range Ave,
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
To discover more about Medi-Cal and Medicare, contact:
Sonoma County Human Services Department
11060 Magnolia Ave,
Riverside, CA 92505
Or visit the Sonoma County Human Services Department website.
Your Santa Rosa Social Security Disability Claim
An application for Santa Rosa disability benefits which contains all the appropriate medical documentation has a higher chance of being approved. Still, even with lot of medical documentation, there is no guarantee you’ll be found eligible for SSD, but a Santa Rosa Social Security lawyer can greatly increase your chances.
If you’re concerned about paying for a Santa Rosa Social Security lawyer’s services, don’t be. He or she is only paid if you’re approved for benefits, at which point the lawyer would receive 25% (up to a max of $6,000) of the retroactive benefits you’re paid at the start of your SSD.
If you are interested in obtaining an evaluation of your Social Security Disability case, click the "Free Disability Evaluation" link at the top of the page for your free case evaluation or to get more information about hiring a Santa Rosa disability attorney.