Disability Determination Services


Tennessee Disability Determination Services (DDS) is a section within the Division of Rehabilitation Services of the Tennessee Department of Human Services. DDS operates by agreement between the State of Tennessee and the Social Security Administration to process Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability claims. DDS receives applications for disability benefits from Social Security offices and completes medical adjudication on these claims. DDS requests medical records, confirms status with claimants and obtains consultative examinations when necessary. DDS returns the claims to SSA for payment or appeal action. DDS makes medical adjudications at both the initial and reconsideration levels of application.

Eligibility Requirements

For eligibility requirements, please visit Social Security Administration's website www.ssa.gov or call toll free number 1-800-772-1213. Under Title 16 of the Social Security Act, a child under age 18 will be considered disabled if he or she has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that causes marked and severe functional limitations, and that can be expected to cause death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. A medically determinable physical or mental impairment is an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. A physical or mental impairment must be established by medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings - not only by the individual's statement of symptoms.

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Ages Served

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