Tips on restarting Social Security disability benefits after incarceration

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Social Security may be able to restart your benefits after you are released from incarceration (jail or prison). Click here for more information on whether you may be able to resume benefits vs having to start a new claim for benefits.

If you are eligible to resume your benefits, here are Social Security’s recommendations to get your Social Security disability or SSI benefits as quickly as possible:

If possible, you or the prison should contact Social Security before you are released. As soon as you know your scheduled release date, ask if the prison has a pre-release agreement with Social Security. If so, the prison may be able to contact Social Security for you.

If they do not have a prerelease agreement, contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and give them your Social Security number and your expected release date. A Social Security representative can provide further instructions and make an appointment for you at the local Social Security office if necessary.

After you are released, you will need to furnish Social Security with proof of your release and the date of release. Depending on the circumstances, Social Security may be able to have your checks started effective with the month after the month of your release.

Click here, for more information, or contact your local Social Security office.

Disclaimer: This is NOT legal advice. This site provides general information about Social Security disability cases in Colorado. To discuss your particular circumstances, please contact a lawyer in your area. Please review the full disclaimer .

About Tomasz Stasiuk

Tomasz Stasiuk is a Colorado Springs Social Security disability lawyer and the founding attorney of the Stasiuk Firm - a law firm specializing in Social Security disability cases in Colorado. Follow Tomasz Stasiuk on Google and Twitter


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