Under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) can provide payments to children who are disabled. This child will usually also be eligible for Medicaid, food stamps, and other services.
There are two areas that must be met to receive SSI. The first is the financial criteria based on income and resources of the child and their family. The Second is the medical requirement finding them disabled under the rules of the SSA.
When a child is eligible for SSI, SSA will usually make the cash payments to a responsible person or organization. This is known as a representative payee. Usually, the child’s parent or another relative will be appointed as the representative payee. The payee’s responsibility is to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and personal care items for the disabled child.
Under SSA law, a child is considered to be disabled if they have a medically determinable impairment that results in marked and severe functional limitations and has lasted or is expected to last 12 months in duration. The medical impairments must be shown with medical evidence consisting of symptoms, signs, and lab findings.