This office helps individuals understand their Social Security benefits. They can consult with individuals about applying for SSI or SSDI and when to begin the determination process. They can also help to see if the person qualifies for programs like “Trial Work Period” or the “PASS” Program. Both of these programs allow individuals to work without immediately losing their Social Security benefits.
NOTE: The Social Security Administration does not provide assessments or referrals to any medical facilities. They are responsible for verifying "non-medical eligibility requirements", which may include age, employment, marital status, or Social Security coverage information. SSA then sends the case to a Disability Determination Services or DDSs for evaluation of disability.
The Disability Determination Services (DDSs) are the State Agencies responsible for developing medical evidence and making the initial determination on whether or not a claimant is considered disabled or blind under the law. Usually, DDS tries to obtain evidence from the claimant's own medical sources first. If that evidence is unavailable or insufficient to make a determination, the DDS will arrange for a consultative examination (CE) to obtain the additional information needed. The claimant's treating source is the preferred source for the CE, but the DDS may obtain the CE from an independent source. After completing its development of the evidence, trained staff at the DDS make the initial disability determination.
Then, the DDS returns the case to Social Security for appropriate action. If the DDS found that the claimant is disabled, Social Security completes any outstanding non-disability development, computes the benefit amount, and begins paying benefits. If the claimant was found not to be disabled, the file is kept in the field office in case the claimant decides to appeal the determination.
To set up an appointment or ask more questions about your situation, contact Arnaldo Moore:
Office: 1290 Premier Drive, Suite 140
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Call: (866) 365-3040 ext. 11030 or call (866) 964-0029
Contact: Arnoldo Moore
Or, set up an appointment directly with the Tennessee Office of Disability Determination Services:
Telephone: 800-342-1117 or 615-313-5454
Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 775
Nashville, Tennessee 37202