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You can apply for disability benefits in Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County) in one of three ways:
You can apply for federal benefits for Security Supplementary Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Nevada State has no social security benefits program except for blind people, but you can apply for Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Your application is forwarded to the Bureau of Disability Adjudication (BDA) which is under Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation. A Disability Examiner is assigned to your case. The DE has the sole authority to assess your disability claim except for children disabilities and mental illness. Nevada has implemented this procedure to make a review of applications more efficient and quicker.
Medical providers are mandated to provide one free copy of medical records for people applying for social security disability claims. You can obtain your free copies by attaching your social security number along with your disability claim application. Any other copies are usually charged at $0.60 per page.
The state of Nevada supplements disability benefits for blind people on top of their federal SSI. A blind individual will get $109from Nevada and $698 from federal SSI. If he is living with another family he gets $213 on top of the $69, and $391 if he is living in domiciliary care.
You can appeal a rejected disability claim. Like other states, it will go through reconsideration where you ask the BDA to review your claim again. The state of Nevada has a higher successful review percentage than another state, at 15.5%.
If the appeal fails, you can apply for an Administrative Law Judge Hearing. This takes longer but there are higher chances of success at 41.5%. You will have to wait about 350 days to get a hearing. The Las Vegas office of Disability Adjudication and Review is located at Suite 1010, 300 South 4th Street.
Nevada assists disabled persons to acquire skills in order to return to work and stay on the job. If you would like to return to work, the VRS assigns you a counselor who assesses your needs and designs a rehabilitation program for you. The VRS offices are located at 3016 W. Charleston Suite 200.