If you are involved in a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim, or considering filing for SSD, you may have come across the acronym DDS. What does DDS stand for? How will DDS impact your disability claim? And what do you need to know about DDS to give yourself the best chance of success?
Understanding the DDS
DDS stands for Disability Determination Services. Each state has an agency that evaluates whether someone making a disability claim is disabled.
This agency works for the state, but is funded by the Federal Government and follows rules set by the Federal Government. Most states’ agencies are called DDS, though some states alter the name such as Disability Determination Bureau, or Division of Disability Determination.
Like most states, Texas’ agency is called Disability Determination Services.
The DDS is different than the local Social Security field office. The field office is local, and where disability claims are initially filed. This office verifies the non-medical requirements for receiving SSDI. The DDS evaluates the medical portions of the disability claim.
The DDS in Texas
Texas’ DDS offices are located in Austin:
6101 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78741
In Texas, the DDS is a division of the state’s Health and Human Services. However, the DDS was moved to this organization from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services as part of an organization restructure in 2016.
The DDS and You
The DDS plays a significant role in whether or not your disability claim is approved. So it’s valuable to understand how they gather their information. The DDS prefers to get their information in this order:
- Your own medical records. They want to use your records from your doctors. If that information is not available, or doesn’t answer all their questions, then they will move on for additional information.
- A medical examination from your doctor.
- A medical examination from an independent doctor.
Based on this information, the DDS has a 95.5% accuracy rate. That means one in every twenty-two denials is inaccurate. If you believe you are part of this group, you will want to appeal your denial.
Questions About DDS?
If you are looking to better understand the DDS’ process or appeal one of their decisions, the best thing you can do is consult with an attorney. The Packard Law Firm is committed to helping individuals make the best decisions about Disability for them and their families. Reach out to us today.