Microsoft Word - Guidebook for Veterans Incarcerated in Vir…


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6XSSOHPHQWDO6HFXULW\,QFRPH 66, 6RFLDO6HFXULW\'LVDELOLW\,QVXUDQFH 66',  DQG0HGLFDLG SSI If you were receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) prior to incarceration, your payments are suspended for 12 months during incarceration. If released within 12 months, your payments can be reinstated in the month you are released. However, if you are incarcerated for longer than 12 consecutive months, your SSI payments are terminated and you must file a new application for benefits. Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services Disability Determination Services (DDS) have a memorandum of agreement for the SSI pre-release benefits application process. This agreement allows identified DOC offenders incarcerated in state correctional facilities to apply for SSI prior to release. Not everyone is eligible for this pre-release benefits process, so if incarcerated in a state correctional facility you should contact your corrections institutional counselor for more information. If you were incarcerated in a local jail and the jail did not have a pre-release agreement with Social Security, contact the local Social Security office at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, 7:00am-7:00pm to schedule an appointment to apply for benefits. Once released be sure to inform Social Security of your release from prison. As proof of release, bring your official jail or prison release documents to your appointment. Release from prison or jail does not automatically make you eligible for benefits. However, depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to have your checks started effective within the month after the month of your release.


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