Expedited Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Overview
The purpose of the OhioMHAS Expedited SSI Program is to reduce the processing time for SSI/SSDI disability determinations for adults with a severe and persistent mental illness. Having access to a cash benefit can be a stabilizing factor for individuals who are do not have a current source of income. Cash benefits, such as SSI/SSDI, can provide a way to pay for housing and food. By reducing the processing time, individuals may have quicker access to cash benefits and stable income.

What is ESSI

  • The Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), in partnership with the Ohio Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), developed an Expedited SSI/SSDI process for people with a severe and persistent mental illness to reduce processing time for disability determination.

Why it is important

  • For individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness having a source of income can be a stabilizing factor. Individuals who are approved for Expedited SSI/SSDI not only have access to funds to pay for food, clothing, and shelter but they will also have Medicaid to pay for behavioral and physical health appointments.

Who is eligible

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness:
    2. F06.0 Psychotic disorders with hallucinations or delusions
    3. F06.2 Psychotic disorder with delusions\
    4. F06.30-F06.34 Mood disorders
    5. F06.4 Anxiety disorder
    6. F07.0 Personality change
    7. F20.0-F25.9 Schizophrenia
    8. F29 Unspecified psychosis
    9. F30.10-F30.9 Manic episodes
    10. F31.0-F31.9 Bipolar disorder
    11. F32.0-F39 Major depressive and mood disorders
    12. F40.00-F40.11 Phobic and other anxiety disorders
    13. F40.8 Other phobic anxiety disorders
    14. F41.0 Panic disorder without agoraphobia
    15. F41.1 Generalized anxiety disorder
    16. F42 Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    17. F43.10-F43.12 Post-traumatic stress disorder
    18. F43.20-F43.25 Adjustment disorders
    19.  F44.0 Dissociative amnesia
    20. F44.1 Dissociative fugue
    21. F44.4-F44.9 Dissociative and conversion disorders
    22. F45.0-F45.9 Somatoform disorders
    23. F48.1 Depersonalization-derealization syndrome
    24. F48.8-F48.9 Other nonpsychotic mental disorders
    25. F50.00-F50.9 Eating disorders
    26. F53 Postpartum depression
    27. F60.3 Borderline personality disorder
    28. F63.3-F63.9 Impulse disorders
    29. F64.1 Gender identity disorder in adolescence and adulthood
    30. F64.8-F64.9 Other gender identity disorders
    31. F68.10-F68.8 Disorders of adult personality and behavior
    32. F94.0 Selective mutism
  3. Have at least one of the following risk factors prior to enrollment
    1. One or more psychiatric inpatient admission(s) at an impatient or outpatient hospital; or
    2. Two or more emergency department visits with a psychiatric diagnosis; or
    3. A history of treatment in an intensive outpatient rehabilitation program for more than 90 days