Disability Determination Services (DDS) is part of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. While you did not file your Social Security disability claim with DDS, it may play a significant role in the outcome of your Social Security disability claim.
DDS is a state office, but it is funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Texas office is charged with making determinations about Social Security disability claims for Texans who make such claims with the SSA. DDS receives Social Security disability applications that individuals file with the SSA, assesses the disability claims, and approves or denies the claims. Once DDS has made a decision, the office returns the applications to the SSA, which makes the final decision regarding disability.
What This Means to You
It is important to understand who is involved in deciding your Social Security disability claim. However, this information does not change how you apply for benefits; you should still submit your application directly to the Social Security Administration. If you have questions about the status of your claim, you or your attorney may need to contact DDS during the review process.
The process is the same for all Texans, whether you live in Fort Worth, North Richard Hills, or another city or town in the state. If you have any questions about this process or need help with the Social Security disability claims process, please fill out our online contact form or start an online chat with us today.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.