Expedited Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Overview

The OhioMHAS Expedited SSI Program was designed in partnership with the Social Security Administration and the Ohio Bureau of Disability Determination to drastically reduce the processing time and increase favorable SSI/SSDI determinations for individuals over the age of 18 with a severe and persistent mental illness who, due to their current symptomology, are unable to earn substantial gainful employment. Individuals who are approved for Expedited SSI/SSDI not only have access to cash benefits to pay for food, clothing, and shelter but they will also have access to Medicaid to pay for behavioral and physical health appointments. Favorable determinations for SSI/SSDI can also open the door to additional benefits including the Residential State Supplement Program. Reducing the processing time and increasing likelihood of a favorable determination, individuals may have quicker access to cash benefits and stable income.

Eligible Expedited SSI Providers
Eligible organizations include OhioMHAS Certified Comprehensive Community Behavioral Health Providers, who have a/an:

  • In-house multidisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, social worker, case manager, etc. 
  • Full array of behavioral health services at one location
  • Dedicated staff person who can facilitate the Expedited SSI Process.

Expedited SSI Training
Comprehensive Community Behavioral Health Providers who are interested in participating in the OhioMHAS Expedited SSI project, may request an in-person training for direct line staff and team leaders. Direct line staff may include, but are not limited to, case managers, peer recovery supporters, and any other staff person that may assist an individual application for benefits. The training process involves a: 

  • Pre-training technical assistance call to ensure Expedited SSI is a good fit for your organization, a confirmation of organizational leadership support, and to identify eligible staff to participate in the training
  • 3 hour in-person training with CEUs available for all credentialing boards
  • Follow up technical assistance call one month after training completion
  • Quarterly technical assistance and training conference calls to support ongoing quality improvement. 

Please contact expeditedssi@mha.ohio.gov to learn more!

The Expedited SSI Process

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.

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. The eligibility criteria for potential applicants can be found in the program guide.

Expedited SSI Providers and Training

OhioMHAS is responsible for training Community Behavioral Health Providers in the state on the Expedited SSI process so they can offer this to eligible individuals.  Community Behavioral Health Providers who are interested in participating in the OhioMHAS Expedited SSI project, may request an in-person training for direct line staff and team leaders. Direct line staff may include, but are not limited to, case managers, peer recovery supporters, and any other staff person that may assist an individual application for benefits.

The training lasts approximately 3 hours and can be facilitated to groups of up to 20 participants. CEUs are available for this training. Please contact Megan McElroy at megan.mcelroy@mha.ohio.gov to learn more about the training.