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How To Apply for Disability in Connecticut

Filing for Social Security Disability in Connecticut is almost the same as any other state since Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs under the Social Security Administration. Several states have minor variations in their application process such as Connecticut, who utilize their own state agency to make the initial decision for benefits. This article covers the information specific to Connecticut and provides useful resources within the state.

To find your local Social Security field office, Disability Determinations Services office, or an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Connecticut, click here.

Chances of Approval at a Hearing

In the state of Connecticut, the chances of approval at an appeals hearing with a Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is a bit lower than the national average (by approximately 5%). Although, the citizens of Connecticut typically don't have to wait as long for a hearing or a final decision compared to the national averages. Here are some statistics about Connecticut's hearing offices.

Connecticut National
Avg. Hearing Wait Time 14 Months 14.9 Months
Average Processing Time 450 Days 461 Days
Cases Approved 39% 44%
Cases Denied 43% 38%
Cases Dismissed 18% 18%


Connecticut State Supplements for SSI

Connecticut has separate restrictions for income and assets to qualify for a state supplement. A single applicant living in Connecticut cannot earn more than $906 per month to be eligible while a married couple cannot earn more than $1,415. An applicant also cannot have more than $1,600 worth of assets if he or she is single or $2,400 if he or she is married.

To determine how much an applicant will receive in state supplement benefits, the local Connecticut Disability office will look into his or her financial situation. They will create a financial budget for the applicant and will calculate the cost of specific expenses up to an allowed limit. If there is a deficit between the applicant’s current income (including their federal disability benefits) compared to the calculated expenses, they may be eligible to receive a state supplement.


State Statistics

The following statistics are based off the Social Security Administration's most recent state annual report of 2013 which was released in December 2014. Unfortunately the SSA hasn't released any state annual reports since then but the data still closely resembles today's numbers.

Resident Population 2,264,843
Percentage of Population on SSI 1.7%
Percentage of Population on SSDI 4.0%
Average Monthly SSI Payment $514.79
Average Monthly SSDI Payment $1,132.35


Connecticut Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Connecticut’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) provides individuals with disabling conditions assistance and support to prepare, find, gain, and maintain employment in the work force. The VR offers various services ranging from job searching and training, to support with your current job. As much as any VR office wants to help everybody, due to limited resources, the VR will assist those in dire need with severe conditions first.

To learn more about the services that can be provided and how to apply for VR assistance, find your local VR office on our Vocation Rehabilitation Services page or call the Connecticut Administrative office below.

Bridgeport BRS

Administrative Office
1057 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: 203-551-5500

Social Security Field Offices, DDS & ODAR

In the state of Connecticut, there are 15 Social Security Field offices, 1 Office of Disability Determination Services and 2 Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review to provide assistance to the residents with their Social Security needs.

If you have any questions regarding the Social Security Disability application process or want to know the status of your application, please contact your relevant office below.

Connecticut Social Security Field Offices

Ansonia Office

475 Main Street
Ansonia CT 06401

Ansonia Office

475 Main Street
Ansonia CT 06401

Bridgeport Office

3885 Main Street
Bridgeport CT 06606
(203) 365-8452

Danbury Office

131 West Street
Danbury CT 06810
(203) 748-3569

Hartford Office

960 Main St
Hartford CT 06103

Meriden Office

One West Main
St Meriden CT 06451
(203) 238-0346

Middletown Office

425 Main Street
Middletown CT 06457

New Britain Office

233 Main Street 2nd Fl
New Britain CT 06051
(866) 858-6086

New Haven Office

150 Court St 4th Fl
New Haven CT 06510

New London Office

2 Shaws Cove
New London CT 06320
(866) 643-3401

Norwich Office

101 Water Street
Norwich CT 06360
(860) 886-7118

Stamford Office

2 Landmark Square
Stamford CT 06901
(203) 359-0030

Torrington Office

147 Litchfield Street
Torrington CT 06790
(860) 489-1633

Waterbury Office

95 Scovill St
Waterbury CT 06706
(203) 756-7476

Willimantic Office

1320 Main Street
Willimantic CT 06226
(860) 423-6386

Disability Determination Services

Connecticut Office of Disability Determination Services

Disability Determination Services
309 Wawarme Avenue
Hartford, CT. 06114
Phone: 800-842-8320

Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review

Connecticut Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
William R. Cotter Federal Building
135 High Street, Room 331
Hartford, CT 06103-1193
Telephone: (866) 931-2878
Fax: (860) 724-9843
eFile Fax: (877) 787-5224
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Servicing the following Social Security Field Offices

CONNECTICUT: Bristol, East Hartford, Hartford, Meriden, Middleton, New Britain, Torrington, Waterbury, Willimantic

SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
Connecticut Financial Center
157 Church Street, 22nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
Telephone: (866) 613-2750
Fax: (203) 787-7777
eFile Fax: (877) 482-0827
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Servicing the following Social Security Field Offices

CONNECTICUT: Ansonia, Bridgeport, Danbury, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Norwich, Stamford