Fremont, CA asked in Social Security for California

Q: Would My Spouse Be Qualified For Ssi For Being An Alcoholic At The Age 30?

My Spouse Was A Hard Alcoholic, Hes 30 Years Old, Had Seizure And A Little Liver Problems. He's Also Dealing With Depression And Anxiety. He Takes Seroquel For His Mental Issues. Just Wanting To Know If He Qualifys For Social Security Benefits?

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Katherine Audrianna Roe
Katherine Audrianna Roe
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If your husband is unable to work due to his mental conditions (depression and anxiety) he should apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Social Security considers you to be disabled if 1) You cannot do work that you did before; 2) You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s) - meaning you can't do any other jobs even if it's not a job you have done in the past; and 3) Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. He will need to apply for SSI in person at his local Social Security field office.

SSI is also needs based and if he is found to be disabled he will need to also financially qualify for benefits. The resource limit for couples is $3,000.00. If you are working, part of your income may also be considered "deemed" to him.

Know that it is not uncommon for applicants to be denied benefits at the first two levels: Initial Application and Reconsideration. It is important that he continue to appeal the denials if he receives them and consult with a Social Security Disability attorney.

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