Ohio Disability BenefitsUpdated May 19, 2021 Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available for Ohio residents who qualify based on their past work experience and their disability.
The program is offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), a federal agency with locations in each state to help state residents apply for and manage their benefits. Each Ohio Social Security office is responsible for determining one's eligibility for SSDI and dispersing their benefits.
Facts About Ohio
Ohio currently has a slightly higher-than-average percentage of adults with disabilities, when compared to national statistics, at 26.9%. Ohio also has more people with disabilities who are likely to be inactive, have high blood pressure, and be obese than adults with disabilities across the nation.
Fortunately, many disabilities and conditions make adults eligible for disability benefits in Ohio, including back injuries, neurological disorders, developmental disabilities, cancer, immune system conditions, and respiratory illnesses. However, it's important to get a medical diagnosis for any condition you'd like to note on your Ohio disability application.
How To Qualify for SSDI in Ohio
Ohio residents must meet specific eligibility requirements to get Social Security disability benefits. The SSA sets these requirements, but Ohio Social Security offices are responsible for determining eligibility for each applicant.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, be able to show proof of citizenship with a birth certificate, qualify by income level, and have a medically proven disability.
Each applicant should have plenty of medical evidence that supports a diagnosis for an SSA-approved disability, which may include:
- Digestive disorders
- Speech and hearing disorders
- Visual impairments or blindness
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Mental health and neurological disorders
- Skin conditions
- Immune disorders
SSDI also requires applicants to have enough work credits earned to qualify for benefits. Work credits come from employment, and they denote whether an individual has worked long enough and for enough hours to begin withdrawing SSDI benefits. Each person can earn up to four credits per year, and you'll need at least 40 credits to qualify for an SSDI benefit. At least 20 of those credits must be from employment within the past ten years.
How To Apply for SSDI in Ohio
An Ohio resident may apply for Social Security disability benefits through the SSA, either online, by telephone, or at their closest SSA office. There are currently 56 SSA offices throughout Ohio, located in areas like Cleveland, Medina, Akron, Toledo. Columbus, and Marietta.
The application can be lengthy, but it's important to follow each step thoroughly and provide all required documentation related to your medical condition. Doing so can help you reach a faster disability determination. If you require assistance with your application, you can appoint a representative to help. This can be a family member, attorney, or even a medical professional.
Some applications may be fast-tracked, depending on your disability. Ohio's military veterans may also have their claims expedited.
After applying for SSDI benefits in Ohio, applicants can check the status of their application on the SSA website. However, keep in mind that the SSA requires a five-month waiting time until benefits begin getting paid out, even if you are approved. The waiting period begins the first month after the SSA determines you first became disabled.
How To Appeal a Denial in Ohio
There are multiple stages of approving and denying disability claims in Ohio. Ohio citizens may appeal their SSDA denial at any stage, but the appeals process will be slightly different depending on the stage.
Either you or a disability lawyer can file an appeal for you. A Social Security disability lawyer can help navigate the process, which can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming. If appealing yourself, you may file your appeal online or by mailing the information to the address listed on your paperwork, which will likely be your closest Ohio Social Security office. You can find the addresses for local offices below.
Appeals begin with a reconsideration review by an administrative law judge, followed by the Appeals Council and a federal court review as the appeal continues through the process.
More Ohio Benefits
SSDI isn't the only form of assistance Ohio offers to citizens. Here are a few more common programs to consider applying for, depending on your situation:
SSI often gets confused with SSDI, but they're different programs offered by the SSA. Ohio SSI is for low-income children or adults with a disability that affects their ability to work or carry out important daily living tasks. Individuals 65 or older may also qualify for SSI if they don't have a disability.
You can apply for SSI through your local office, by mail, or online, but you'll need a different application than the one for SSDI to do so. Ohio SSA offices check an applicant's eligibility for both programs when they apply for one, which makes it easier to ensure you're getting the proper benefits.
Ohio Medicaid offers health coverage to eligible low-income residents. A person receiving Medicaid must be blind, have a disability, or be caring for someone with a disability, be responsible for a minor child, or be age 65 or older. Some groups, like children and pregnant women, are eligible for coverage in higher income brackets than others to better meet their healthcare needs.
Although not all medical services are covered, many are, including therapy for mental illness, short-term disability treatments, medical equipment, and speech-language pathology. However, some Ohio Medicaid services may require members to pay small co-pays.
Ohio unemployment benefits assist the state's workers who have been laid off from or lost a job through no fault of their own. The program comes from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and pays financial assistance for up to 26 weeks while the recipient looks for a new job.
To qualify for Ohio unemployment, an individual must have worked at least 20 weeks for a covered employer and be either completely or partially unemployed. Individuals must also have earned at least $243 within the required base period, or at least four of the five previous quarters.
Ohio Social Security Offices
|SSA Field Office Locations in Ohio|
|Toledo-West SSA Office||4906 Monroe St Suite A|
Toledo, OH 43623
|Painesville SSA Office||55 W Jackson St|
Painesville, OH 44077
|Cincinnati-D/T||550 Main St Room 2-960|
Cincinnati, OH 45202
|Cleveland Dt SSA Office||1240 E 9th St|
Rm 793 AJC Fed Bldg
Cleveland, OH 44199
|Columbus SSA Office-Dt||200 North High St Room 225|
Columbus, OH 43215
|Akron SSA Office||2 S Main St 2nd Floor|
Akron, OH 44308
|Lorain SSA Office||221 W 5th St|
Lorain, OH 44052
|Ashtabula SSA Office||4815 State Rd|
Ashtabula, OH 44004
|Mansfield SSA Office||1287 South Trimble Rd|
Mansfield, OH 44907
|Lima SSA Office||401 West North St|
Federal Bldg, Ste 101
Lima, OH 45801
|Toledo SSA Office Dt||433 N Summit St Suite 1000|
Toledo, OH 43604
|Zanesville SSA Office||3823 James Court|
Zanesville, OH 43701
|Youngstown SSA Office||354 E Federal St|
Youngstown, OH 44503
|Springfield SSA Office||1610 N Limestone St|
Springfield, OH 45503
|Hamilton SSA Office||6553 Winford Avenue|
Hamilton, OH 45011
|Canton SSA Office||301 McKinley Ave SW Suite 100|
Canton, OH 44702
|Portsmouth SSA Office||921 Fourth Street|
Portsmouth, OH 45662
|Dayton SSA Office||200 W 2nd Street|
Dayton, OH 45402
|Warren SSA Office||258 E Market Street 1st Floor|
Warren, OH 44481
|Marion SSA Office||1363 Wellness Dr|
Marion, OH 43302
|Athens SSA Office||743A East State Street|
Athens, OH 45701
|Cleveland East SSA Office||3591 Park East Dr|
Beachwood, OH 44122
|Cleveland West SSA Office||17513 Detroit Ave|
Lakewood, OH 44107
|Steubenville SSA Office||100 Mall Drive Unit E5|
Steubenville, OH 43952
|Sandusky SSA Office||252 Wayne Street|
Sandusky, OH 44870
|Chillicothe SSA Office||44 Stoneridge Drive|
Chillicothe, OH 45601
|Cincinnati North||10205 Reading Rd|
Cincinnati, OH 45241
|Defiance SSA Office||273 Stadium Dr|
Defiance, OH 43512
|Findlay SSA Office||1720 E Melrose Ave|
Findlay, OH 45840
|Marietta SSA Office||1301 Greene Street|
Marietta, OH 45750
|Newark SSA Office||125 Derby Downs Rd|
Newark, OH 43055
|New Philadelphia SSA Office||1260 Monroe St NW Suite 1C|
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
|East Liverpool SSA Office||120 East Fourth Street|
East Liverpool, OH 43920
|Piqua SSA Office||277 S Looney Rd|
Piqua, OH 45356
|Lancaster SSA Office||252 Venture Place|
Lancaster, OH 43130
|Wooster SSA Office||2345 Gateway Dr Ste B|
Wooster, OH 44691
|Ironton SSA Office||611 Vernon Street|
Ironton, OH 45638
|Akron-West SSA Office||2166 Romig Rd|
Akron, OH 44320
|Cleveland Ne SSA Office||15250 S. Waterloo Rd|
Cleveland, OH 44110
|Cleveland Se SSA Office||18711 Miles Ave|
Warrensville Hts, OH 44128
|Dayton-West SSA Office||4375 Hoover Ave|
Dayton, OH 45417
|Cleve Buckeye Shaker||11601 Shaker Blvd|
Cleveland, OH 44120
|Cleveland NW SSA Office||7517 Lorain Ave|
Cleveland, OH 44102
|Cleveland SW SSA Office||7344 Pearl Rd Suite 101|
Middleburg Hts, OH 44130
|Batavia SSA Office||1050 Hospital Dr|
Batavia, OH 45103
|Middletown SSA Office||3715 Towne Blvd|
Franklin, OH 45005
|Ravenna SSA Office||444 Enterprise Parkway|
Ravenna, OH 44266
|Xenia SSA Office||80 N Progress Dr|
Xenia, OH 45385
|Medina SSA Office||4035 N Jefferson St|
Medina, OH 44256
|Bowling Green SSA Office||745 Innovation Drive|
Bowling Green, OH 43402
|Cambridge SSA Office||1225 Woodlawn Ave Suite 105|
Cambridge, OH 43725
|Gallipolis SSA Office||2455 State Route 160|
Gallipolis, OH 45631
|Fremont SSA Office||2220 Enterprise Street|
Fremont, OH 43420
|Columbus East SSA Office||220 S Hamilton Rd|
Columbus, OH 43213
|Columbus North SSA Office||1051 Worthington Woods|
Worthington, OH 43085
|Columbus West SSA Office||1060 Georgesville Road|
Columbus, OH 43228
Ohio Hearing and Appeal Offices
Ohio is in Region 5 (Chicago), which services Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
|Region 5 - SSA Office of Hearing Operations in Ohio|
|SSA Hearing Office - Akron||121 South Main Street|
Akron, OH 44308-1426
|SSA Hearing Office - Cincinnati||550 Main Street|
John W. Peck Federal Building, Suite 4-510
Cincinnati, OH 45202
|SSA Hearing Office - Cleveland||1660 West Second Street|
Skylight Office Tower, Suite 500
Cleveland, OH 44113
|SSA Hearing Office - Columbus||401 N. Front Street|
Columbus, OH 43215
|SSA Hearing Office - Dayton||10 N. Ludlow Street|
Courthouse Plaza SW, Suite 300
Dayton, OH 45402
|SSA Hearing Office - Toledo||One Seagate|
Toledo, OH 43604
|SSA Hearing Office - Pittsburgh||1000 Liberty Avenue|
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
|SSA Hearing Office - Mars||300 Seven Fields Boulevard|
One Adams Place, Suite 200
Mars, PA 16046