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Social Security Disability Benefits

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Administered by the Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides assistance to people who have limited income and resources and who are at least 65 years old, or blind, or disabled under Social Security rules.

But SSI isn't just for adults. Children under age 18 who have disabilities, including some children with ADHD, can receive SSI if they meet eligibility criteria. The SSI program can provide monthly cash payments based on family income, qualify the child for Medicaid health care services in many states, and ensure referral of a child into the system of care available under State Title V programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs.

To learn more about SSI and children with ADHD, read the article prepared for CHADD by the Social Security Administration that appeared in the April 2001 issue of Attention magazine.

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