There are any number of services available to help individuals begin disability applications, understand personal rights and interpret the nuances of law. Here are a few places to start:
- Call the Social Security Administration - 1-800-772-1213
- Social Security Office Locator - Contact your local Social Security Office
- US State Advocacy Programs - Advocacy is the work of organizations or individuals to protect the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities such as bipolar disorder. This includes assistance with disability issues. Each of the states in the United States has an Advocacy Program.
- NAMI Legal Center Lawyer Referral – The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has a legal center that provides lawyer referrals as a service to its members and the general public.
Understanding Disability Benefits - The Series
- I Can’t Hold a Job! What Do I Do? – Introduction
- What is Disability?
- Do I Qualify for Disability?
- Is Bipolar Disorder a Qualified Condition for Disability?
- How Do I Start My Disability Application?
- What Information and Paperwork Do I Need?
- What Happens with My Application?
- How Long Will It Take to Get Benefits?
- What Benefits Will I Get?
- Who Can Help Me?