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Family and Social Services Administration

DDRS Home > Disability Determination (DDB) Disability Determination Bureau

Title II (Disability Insurance) covers workers who have established eligibility through prior work and Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income (SSI)) has a needs-based income and resource eligibility requirement. The purpose of these programs is to identify people who have disabilities that preclude the ability to work, or for children, preclude the ability to fully participate in learning activities. These programs have two desired outcomes. The first desired outcome is to correctly identify disabled adults and children. The second desired outcome is to have adults with potential referred to a public or private Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), through the Social Security Administration’s “Ticket to Work” program.

In order to accomplish its mission, the DDB must work closely with the 26 local SSA Field Offices throughout Indiana, and Social Security Administration at the regional and national levels. The DDB must follow the statutory definition of disability in making its medical determinations.

Definition of Disability

The statutory definition of disability as defined in Section 223(d) of the Social Security Act is as follows:

“The inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.  An individual shall be determined to be under a disability only if his/her physical or mental impairment or impairments are of such severity that he/she is not only unable to do his/her previous work but cannot, considering his/her age, education, and work experience, engage in any other kind of substantial gainful work which exists in the national economy.”

Apply For Services

Call the Social Security Administration toll free at 1-800-772-1213 or contact your local Social Security office. The addresses and telephone numbers of the local Social Security office are listed in your local telephone directory. You may also contact the Social Security Administration for information or to file a disability claim via their website.

Obtain Status On A Pending Claim

Call the Disability Determination Bureau toll free at 1-800-622-4968 and ask the Operator for the Examiner assigned to your claim. The name and phone number is listed on the last page of correspondence that you have received from the Disability Determination Bureau.