Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that pays a monthly benefit for individuals with disabilities who have paid into Social Security by working a job and earning work credits. People who qualify typically have worked a job or jobs for multiple years prior to the onset of their disability.

Many people are at least somewhat familiar with the Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) program and its benefits, as they have paid into the Social Security system through payroll taxes.

However, there is another benefit available to some disabled individuals called Supplemental Security Income (“SSI” or “Title XVI benefits”).  Unlike SSDI, Supplemental Security Income eligibility is based on your current income and resources, and not how much money you have earned in past years or how long you have worked.

SSI can provide you additional monthly benefits over and above what you would receive from SSDI alone.