How To Apply for Disability in Maine
The Social Security Administration, otherwise known as the SSA, is a federal organization that runs the two Social Security Disability programs, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Due to the fact that these programs are federal, the application process and regulations are quite similar throughout the nation. However, there are variations between the states and it is important to know the differences. Here are the differences in Maine’s processes.
To find your local Social Security field office, Disability Determinations Services office, or an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Maine, click here.
Chances of Approval at a Hearing
The citizens of Maine have a significantly higher chance for disability benefits during an appeals hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). However, these applicants will have to wait longer for their hearing date and a final decision on their cases. Listed below is some updated (2015) statistics on Maine's hearing offices.
|Avg. Hearing Wait Time||15.5 Months||14.9 Months|
|Average Processing Time||478 Days||461 Days|
Maine State Supplements for SSI
Since 2015, a claimant of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can receive up to a maximum of $733 per month. In the state of Maine, a claimant may be eligible for a small additional payment on top of their monthly SSI payment. How much extra an individual can receive in benefits depends on their current living situation. Claimants living by themselves, with others or in a Medicaid facility can receive an additional $8-10 per month while individuals living a boarding home can receive an additional $217 to $234 per month.
This program is run by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services. For assistance, contact your local office or call (207) 287-3707.
The last state statistic annual report conducted by the Social Security Administration (SSA) was back in 2013. The SSA stopped collecting the data due to the difficulty in gathering and organizing the information between all 50 states. Due to this factor, the following statistics are from the latest edition of state annual reports from 2013. These numbers still closely reflect today's actual numbers.
|Percentage of Population on SSI||2.8%|
|Percentage of Population on SSDI||7.7%|
|Average Monthly SSI Payment||$480.22|
|Average Monthly SSDI Payment||$1, 018.01|
Maine Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Maine’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) assists individuals who are disabled find and maintain employment. The VR will seek jobs that suit the individual and accommodates for their disability. Anyone who is already receiving SSDI or SSI automatically qualifies for VR services. To find your local VR office in Maine, view our Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Maine page or call the administrative office below.
Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
150 State House Station
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Maine Social Security Field Offices, DDS & ODAR
There are 9 Social Security Field offices, 1 Office of Disability Determination Services and 1 Office of Disability Adjudication and Review to help the disabled residents of Maine.
If you are applying benefits or have filed for disability already and need assistance for any reason, please contact your closest office below.
Maine Social Security Field Offices
600 Turner Street
330 Civic Center Dr
202 Harlow St
550 Forest Av
Presque Isle Office
365 Main St
231 Park Street
3 Canal Street
110 Main St
46 Front Street
Disability Determination Services
Maine Office of Disability Determination Services
Disability Determination Services
State House Station #116
Augusta, ME 04333
Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review
Connecticut Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
One Portland Square
Portland, ME 04101-4092
Telephone: (877) 701-2137
Fax: (207) 780-3705
eFile Fax: (877) 787-5229
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Servicing the following Social Security Field Offices
MAINE: Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Portland, Presque Isle, Rockland, Saco, Waterville