Disabled Indiana residents who are unable to work can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits. They are both federal programs, though elements of their day-to-day administration are carried out at the state level.

In the state of Indiana, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services oversees the administration of a full range of disability services for Indiana residents with disabilities.

The purpose of the SSDI and SSI programs in Indiana is to identify residents with disabilities that prevent them from working or fully participating in educational activities.

The state of Indiana and the U.S. federal government seek two important outcomes when administering these programs: First, they want to accurately identify Indiana residents who qualify as disabled according to the SSA’s strict definition. Second, they seek to connect these individuals with the programs and services that help them lead their most productive lives within Indiana communities.

In pursuit of its mission, the division works closely with 26 local Social Security Administration field offices located throughout the state of Indiana, plus collaborating with the SSA at both regional and national levels.

If you think you may qualify for one or both of these programs – or other benefit programs in Indiana – keep reading for everything you need to know about submitting a successful disability claim.

Facts About Indiana

A wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities have a substantial impact on the health and well-being of Indiana residents. Roughly 28% of Indiana residents report having a disability of some kind, which equates to one in four Indiana adults.

Disabilities have far-reaching implications for Indiana residents – Indiana adults who report disabilities are more likely to smoke, be obese and report heart disease or diabetes.

These disabilities cost the state of Indiana upwards of $18.7 billion every year, which represents approximately 36% of the state’s overall health care spending – or nearly $17,000 annually per Indiana adult resident with disabilities.

How To Qualify for SSDI in Indiana

The Social Security Disability Insurance program has two primary eligibility requirements.

First is non-medical eligibility – an applicant must have worked for enough years to have paid sufficiently into the Social Security system. This allows the applicant to earn an appropriate level of work credits.

For all applicants who have earned sufficient work credits, medical eligibility is the second step in the evaluation process. To be eligible for SSDI, an applicant must also prove a documented disability that meets the SSA’s extremely strict definition.

The disability must prevent the applicant from engaging in any type of gainful activity. Additionally, the disability must be expected to last at least one year or be terminal.

How To Apply for SSDI in Indiana

You can apply for Social Security disability benefits in Indiana through any of the following three ways:

First, you can apply online. When you begin this process, you will be assigned an application number. Keep it in a safe place because you’ll need it at various points throughout the application process. If you lose track of this number, it cannot be reissued and you will have to restart the online application process.

You may also apply in person at any one of 25 SSA field offices across Indiana. It’s also a good idea to call your closest field office in advance to find out whether it requires you to make an appointment before coming in to apply.

The third option is to apply for SSI or SSDI benefits over the phone by calling 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available to assist you from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. You are welcome to handle your application yourself, while some claimants choose to work with a disability lawyer to put together their initial disability claim.

How To Appeal a Denial in Indiana

Your initial claim for Social Security benefits may be denied. Roughly 68% of disability claims in Indiana are denied upon initial submission.

If your disability claim is denied, you still have two more stages of review: the reconsideration stage and the hearing stage. Upon denial, some applicants may choose to engage a qualified disability attorney to guide them through the remaining stages of the review process.

Upon reconsideration, your claim will be reviewed by a representative who was not involved with the initial evaluation of your claim for disability benefits. You also have the opportunity to share new information or medical evidence to support your claim.

If your case is denied again, you may request a disability hearing with an administrative law judge, who will evaluate whether your disability adjudication was handled appropriately. In Indiana, just over half of the cases that go to a disability hearing are approved.

More Indiana Benefits

In addition to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, Indiana offers a range of programs to help support financial stability for the state’s most vulnerable residents. Below is just a sample.


Supplemental Security Income benefits in Indiana provide financial assistance to low-income Indiana residents who are either over age 65 or are disabled. In Indiana, the amount of SSI benefits for an eligible single person is $771 per month, and the amount for eligible couples is $1,157 per month.

Indiana Medicaid

Medicaid in Indiana makes it possible for Indiana residents with low income to access an appropriate level of medical benefits. While the federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of Medicaid benefits, each state has the latitude to define some eligibility criteria and services covered.

In general, applicants must fulfill the following criteria to be considered eligible for Indiana Medicaid:

  • Resident of the state of Indiana
  • U.S. citizen or legally authorized non-citizen
  • Low or very low income, as compared to the federal poverty level

Most non-disabled adults in Indiana are covered under the Healthy Indiana Plan.

Indiana Unemployment

Unemployment insurance benefits in Indiana provide vital financial security for Indiana residents who have lost their employment through no fault of their own.

To be eligible for Indiana unemployment benefits, a worker must be able to show that they are actively looking for work and that they are able, physically and mentally, and available to work when suitable employment is offered. This includes ensuring that all transportation and child care needs are addressed.

Indiana Social Security Offices

SSA Field Office Locations in Indiana
Indianapolis SSA Office
575 N Pennsylvania St Rm 685
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(866) 592-2812
South Bend SSA Office
602 South Michigan
South Bend, IN 46601
(877) 274-5415
Evansville SSA Office
2300 N Green River Rd
Evansville, IN 47715
(877) 768-5679
Terre Haute SSA Office
222 Cherry St
Terre Haute, IN 47807
(866) 635-0282
Fort Wayne SSA Office
2122 Lincolnway Ct
Fort Wayne, IN 46819
(877) 223-6061
Richmond SSA Office
500 North A Street
Richmond, IN 47374
(866) 446-6190
Lafayette SSA Office
10 S. 2Nd St
Lafayette, IN 47901
(888) 884-0522
Kokomo SSA Office
353 W. Alto Rd
Kokomo, IN 46902
(866) 365-3036
Muncie SSA Office
600 North Walnut St
Muncie, IN 47305
(866) 964-7586
Gary SSA Office
808 South Lake Street
Gary, IN 46403
(866) 593-2911
New Albany SSA Office
3700 Blackiston Blvd
New Albany, IN 47150
(866) 331-9073
Bloomington SSA Office
515 W Patterson Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403
(877) 819-2594
Elkhart SSA Office
231 Waterfall Drive
Elkhart, IN 46516
(866) 426-0532
Anderson SSA Office
117 S Scatterfield Rd
Anderson, IN 46012
(866) 875-0394
Hammond SSA Office
418 E Douglas Street
Hammond, IN 46320
(877) 512-3859
Michigan City SSA Office
636 Pine Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
(866) 248-2393
Marion SSA Office
844 N Miller Avenue
Marion, IN 46952
(888) 397-9795
Vincennes SSA Office
606 Veterans Dr
Vincennes, IN 47591
(888) 456-9531
Columbus SSA Office
2535 Arnold Street
Columbus, IN 47203
(866) 755-0990
Madison SSA Office
150 Demaree Drive
Madison, IN 47250
(877) 692-3144
Valparaiso SSA Office
3810 Calumet Ave
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(888) 472-6120
1515 S Grant Ave
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
(888) 577-1498
Indianapolis Northeast
5515 North Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46216
(866) 220-7899
Auburn SSA Office
1240 South Grandstaff Dr
Auburn, IN 46706
(866) 829-2170
Indianapolis Northwest
6745 Network Pl
Indianapolis, IN 46278
(866) 218-2309
Merrillville SSA Office
1438 E 85Th Ave
Merrillville, IN 46410
(877) 692-3142

Indiana Hearing and Appeal Offices

Indiana is in Region 5 (Chicago), which services Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 5 - SSA Office of Hearing Operations in Indiana
SSA Hearing Office - Evansville100 NW Second Street
Old Post Office, 2nd & 3rd Floors
Evansville, IN 47708
(855) 863-3559
SSA Hearing Office - Fort Wayne6511 Brotherhood Way
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(866) 770-1735
SSA Hearing Office - Indianapolis151 North Delaware Street
Market Square Center, Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2510
(866) 931-4820
SSA Hearing Office - Valparaiso1250 Eastport Centre Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(866) 873-1269