Michigan residents with disabilities have a number of resources to receive financial assistance, including federal and state programs. At the federal level, the Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

These disability services are run through Michigan Disability Determination Services (DDS) which processes all SSA disability claims and determines what benefits are awarded.

Michigan disability services also extend to state programs like their State Disability Assistance (SDA), unemployment benefits, workers' compensation, and Medicaid (a joint federal and state program). Michigan currently does not provide state short-term disability benefits, but you may qualify for coverage through private insurance companies or your employer.

Facts About Michigan

Nearly one in three Michigan residents has some kind of disability. 14% of Michiganders have a cognitive or developmental disability, and 13% have a physical disability. Disabled individuals in Michigan also have a higher likelihood of having obesity, smoking, or suffering from diabetes or heart disease.

Only 4.8% of residents currently receive Social Security disability benefits, leaving a large portion of the disabled population without financial assistance.

How To Qualify for SSDI in Michigan

The criteria for receiving Social Security Disability are the same in all states since it is a federally funded program. The two main criteria to meet are connected to the severity of your disability and whether you’ve worked long enough to pay into the Social Security system.

The SSA has compiled a comprehensive list of disabilities that it considers “severe” enough to earn disability insurance. Please consult this list before submitting your disability claim to ensure your condition is on it. Your condition must limit your ability to work for at least 12 months to qualify.

You will also have to show an adequate work history, meaning you have paid enough in taxes to qualify to receive assistance. The minimum amount of time that an individual must work is typically 10 years. Note that this can vary depending on your age and disability.

If you are currently working in some capacity, you are protected under federal law from disability discrimination. Your employer must provide any reasonable accommodation to help you complete your job duties.

Even if you meet SSA requirements, your claim still may be denied. Since determination is made at the state level, it’s up to Michigan DDS to review your application. In the state of Michigan, roughly 65% of all first-time applications are denied. However, if you receive a denial, you can start the appeals process to pursue your benefits.

How To Apply for SSDI in Michigan

There are three ways to apply for SSD benefits— in person, online, or over the phone. Applications for SSDI in Michigan are made to your local Social Security field office. Michigan has 45 offices throughout the state.

Applying online at the federal Social Security website is the fastest way for an applicant to submit their claim, or you can also call (800) 772-1213 to speak with a representative who can walk you through the process. If you wish to apply in person, you’ll need to schedule an appointment first.

Before you apply, take the time to compile the appropriate documentation and medical evidence to support your claim. In general, you should have the following:

  • Personal information: Full names and DOB’s for you, your spouse, and any minor children. They may also ask for Social Security numbers, birth certificates, or marriage or divorce documents.
  • Medical records associated with your disability. This includes contact information for doctors, clinics, or existing services and should cover any physical, intellectual, or mental illness.
  • Past and current employment information

How To Appeal a Denial in Michigan

Approximately 65% of applicants are denied on their initial application. Don’t lose hope if this happens to you. Most people submit at least one appeal before their case is approved.

There are 4 stages of the appeals process. Each level of the appeals process must be submitted within 60 days of the previous denial, and you must go through each stage before moving on to the next.

Step 1: Reconsideration - The first step is to request to have a different SSA representative review your disability case to see if an error was made. This is the fastest and easiest level of the appeals process and you don’t need to provide any additional documentation. In Michigan, 30% of applications are approved at this level.

Step 2: Disability Adjudication - If your reconsideration was denied, you may request a formal hearing with an administrative law judge. You’ll likely be asked to bring additional documentation or witnesses who can support your case, and many people choose to hire a disability attorney. Unfortunately, it can take over a year to get a hearing date at one of seven Hearing and Appeal Offices in the state.

Step 3: Appeal Council - In the third level of appeals, you’ll request to have an Appeals Council review the previous decisions. At this stage, most people will hire an attorney versed in disability law.

Step 4: District Court - At this highest level of appeals you will request that a federal district court review the Appeals Court decision. There are two federal district courts in Michigan, one in Detroit and one in Grand Rapids.

More Michigan Benefits


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is another Social Security benefit like SSDI. SSI benefits are intended for those with very low income who are disabled, blind, or over 65 years old. When you apply for SSDI, the DDS will evaluate your application to see if you also qualify for SSI benefits.

Michigan SDA

Michigan provides State Disability Assistance (SDA) run by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). This program provides cash assistance to disabled residents (or in some cases those 65+ without a disability) or to a caretaker of a disabled person.

Those seeking SDA benefits can apply online using MI Bridges, or you can get personalized help by contacting your local county office. Beneficiaries will receive aid via a Bridge card which can be used like a debit card to withdraw cash or pay for items like groceries.

If you qualify for SSDI benefits, you automatically qualify for SDA. You can also qualify if you are living in a “qualified Special Living Arrangement facility,” like housing for aged, infirmed, or disabled adults. You can also receive SDA benefits if you’re in an independent living situation receiving help from a caretaker.

Michigan Medicaid

Michigan Medicaid offers health insurance and other health-related services to individuals earning less than $17,131 a year. Most people who qualify for SSI will also qualify for Medicaid. Recipients of Medicaid typically have to pay a very low co-pay for services that average $2 to $3 per service.

Michigan Unemployment

Those who need temporary financial assistance due to a loss of employment through no fault of their own can apply for Michigan unemployment benefits, managed by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. This is a weekly cash benefit of up to $362. The fastest and easiest way to submit an unemployment claim is online through the state’s Michigan Web Account Manager (MIWAM).

Michigan Social Security Offices

SSA Field Office Locations in Michigan
Ludington SSA Office
150 N Jebavy Dr
Ludington, MI 49431
(866) 495-0075
West Branch SSA Office
2938 Hansen Rd
West Branch, MI 48661
(877) 897-0602
Detroit-D/T SSA Office
477 Michigan Ave
McNamara Bldg Rm 450
Detroit, MI 48226
(888) 748-7691
Marquette SSA Office
300 S Front St 1St Floor, Ste 1
Marquette, MI 49855
(855) 782-9154
Grand Rapids SSA Office
3045 Knapp St Ne
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(877) 319-5710
Saginaw SSA Office
611 E. Genesee Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607
(877) 405-5868
1149 Robert T Longway
Flint, MI 48503
(888) 318-7282
Pontiac SSA Office
1280 Pontiac Rd
Pontiac, MI 48340
(866) 299-3777
Jackson SSA Office
234 W Louis Glick Hwy Ste 200
Jackson, MI 49201
(877) 405-0473
Traverse City SSA Office
1329 S Division St
Traverse City, MI 49684
(866) 739-4802
Kalamazoo SSA Office
317 South Drake Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(866) 331-9088
Lansing SSA Office
5210 Perry Robinson
Lansing, MI 48911
(877) 512-5944
Escanaba SSA Office
1013 1St Ave North
Escanaba, MI 49829
(877) 545-5503
Bay City SSA Office
1115 Washington Ave
Bay City, MI 48708
(866) 366-4924
Detroit-East SSA Office
19251 Mack Ave Suite 200
Detroit, MI 48236
(877) 845-0540
Detroit-High Pk
60 East Grand Avenue
Highland Park, MI 48203
(877) 512-5945
Battle Creek SSA Office
5700 Beckley Rd Ste D1
Battle Creek, MI 49015
(877) 445-0829
Muskegon SSA Office
340 Morris Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440
(866) 763-2632
Dearborn SSA Office
19853 Outer Drive Suite 200
Dearborn, MI 48124
(877) 714-0392
Fort Gratiot SSA Office
2620 Krafft Rd
Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
(877) 895-0042
Detroit-NW SSA Office
26840 W Seven Mile Rd
Redford, MI 48240
(888) 329-5729
Roseville SSA Office
15250 E 12 Mile Rd
Roseville, MI 48066
(877) 833-2541
Bent Har-St Joe
455 Bond St
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
(877) 405-5457
Ann Arbor SSA Office
3971 Research Park Dr Suite A
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(877) 402-0825
Mount Pleasant SSA Office
1940 Sweeney St
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
(877) 405-7667
Petoskey SSA Office
308 State St Suite 8
Petoskey, MI 49770
(866) 574-2588
Monroe SSA Office
1300 S Telegraph Rd
Monroe, MI 48161
(877) 274-5416
Alpena SSA Office
111 N 4th Ave
Alpena, MI 49707
(877) 452-4195
Grand River SSA Office
9222 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48204
(866) 405-0043
Detroit 7 Mile SSA Office
10201 W Seven Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48221
(866) 365-6741
Detroit Conner SSA Office
3400 Conner St
Detroit, MI 48215
(877) 405-7824
Clawson SSA Office
140 North Crooks
Clawson, MI 48017
(888) 456-9559
Sault St Marie SSA Office
2861 Ashmun St Ste 1
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783
(855) 285-6007
Wyandotte SSA Office
3450 Biddle Ave
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(866) 964-7407
Holland SSA Office
657 Hastings Ave
Holland, MI 49423
(877) 223-6062
Adrian SSA Office
1040 S Winter St
Suite 2401
Adrian, MI 49221
(877) 512-5943
Owosso SSA Office
306 North Gould Street
Owosso, MI 48867
(855) 628-1592
Farmington SSA Office
27650 Farmington Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(866) 331-2210
Inkster SSA Office
28657 Cherry Hill Rd
Inkster, MI 48141
(866) 704-4860
Chesterfield SSA Office
26200 21 Mile Road
Chesterfield, MI 48051
(866) 635-0788
Detroit-SW SSA Office
5715 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(877) 319-0730
Big Rapids SSA Office
502 N State St Ste A
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(855) 245-0641
Livonia SSA Office
34010 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150
(866) 964-7371
Sterling Heights
7385 Triangle Drive
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(888) 619-4768
North Flint SSA Office
2021 W. Carpenter Rd
Flint, MI 48505
(877) 748-9766

Michigan Hearing and Appeal Offices

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

Region 5 - SSA Office of Hearing Operations in Michigan
SSA Hearing Office - Detroit477 Michigan Avenue, Rm 900
Patrick V. McNamara Fed Bldg
Detroit, MI 48226
(888) 748-7696
SSA Hearing Office - Flint300 West Second Street
Flint, MI 48502-2047
(877) 607-9526
SSA Hearing Office - Grand Rapids1925 Breton Road SE Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(866) 613-2860
SSA Hearing Office - Lansing4202 Collins Road Suite 200
Lansing, MI 48910
(877) 691-6144
SSA Hearing Office - Livonia19575 Victor Parkway 3rd Floor
Livonia, MI 48152
(866) 530-7806
SSA Hearing Office - Mount Pleasant4035 Sweeney Road
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
(866) 873-6604
SSA Hearing Office - Oak Park25900 Greenfield Road
Crown Pointe Bldg Suite 500
Oak Park, MI 48237-1267
(877) 223-6060