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How To Apply for Disability in Rhode Island

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a federal organization that manages the two main disability programs known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Since the programs are federal, most states follow the same procedures throughout the application process. However, there are minor variations between the states and it important to know these differences. Here are the differences for the state of Rhode Island.

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

Chances of Approval at a Hearing

Approval rates at a appeals hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) are rather low in Rhode Island compared to the rest of the country. However, the residents of Rhode Island don't have to wait nearly as long for a hearing date or a decision. There are a total of 8 ALJs in the state who serve in the courts. Here are some statistics about Rhode Island's hearing offices.

Rhode Island National
Avg. Hearing Wait Time 13.0 Months 14.9 Months
Average Processing Time 361 Days 461 Days
Cases Approved 37% 44%
Cases Denied 39% 38%
Cases Dismissed 25% 18%


Rhode Island State Supplements for SSI

A claimant of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can receive a maximum of $733 per month from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, most states provide an additional state benefit on top of the SSI benefits if an individual qualifies. How much a claimant receives depends on his or her living arrangement.

The state of Rhode Island gives non-married claimants an additional $39.90 per month and married claimants an additional $79.38 per month. If a claimant is living in the household of another, in assisted living or in a Medicaid facility, they potentially qualify for larger state supplement payments.


State Statistics

The 2013 state annual report released by the Social Security Administration in December 2014 is the latest, most up-to-date report available to the public. Below are statistics from the 2013 state annual report about Rhode Island. Even though these statistics are not updated to current day, they closely resemble today's actual numbers.


Resident Population 674,710
Percentage of Population on SSI 3.1%
Percentage of Population on SSDI 6.0%
Average Monthly SSI Payment $513.00
Average Monthly SSDI Payment $1,063.98


Rhode Island Vocational Rehabilitation Services

There are many individuals with disabling conditions that wish to return to work but are having difficulty finding and maintaining a job in the work force. The Vocational Rehabilitation Services of Rhode Island provides assistance to people with disabilities by offering services such as job placement, job preparation, and work support. Any person who is already receiving disability benefits in Rhode Island is eligible for VR services. To contact your local VR office, view our VR offices in Rhode Island page or call the Office of Rehabilitation Services of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services

40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
401.421.7005 (V) 401.421.7016 (TDD)
401.462-7791 (Espanol)

Social Security Field Offices, DDS & ODAR

The residents of Rhode Island can receive assistance with Social Security Disability through the 5 Social Security Field Offices, 1 Disability Determination Service offices and 1 Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review.

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.

Rhode Island Social Security Field Offices

Newport Office

130 Bellevue Avenue
Newport RI 02840
(401) 849-3487

Pawtucket Office

4 Pleasant St
Pawtucket RI 02860
(866) 931-7079

Providence Office

380 Westminster St
Providence RI 02903
(401) 528-4501

Warwick Office

30 Quaker Lane
Warwick RI 02886
(401) 822-1463

Woonsocket Office

2168 Diamond Hill Road
Woonsocket RI 02895
(401) 766-8423

Disability Determination Services

Rhode Island Office of Disability Determination Services

Disability Determination Services
40 Fountain St.
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-421-7005

Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Rhode Island Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
10th Floor, Suite 1000W
155 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: (877) 583-4082
Fax: (401) 272-3052
eFile Fax: (877) 787-5238
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Servicing the following Social Security Field Offices

MASSACHUSETTS: Attleboro, Fall River, Taunton, New Bedford and RHODE ISLAND: Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, Woonsocket