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Old 12-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #11
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DS will be five in March. Perhaps we missed that boat.
You can absolutely submit an SSI claim for your child at almost any age (under 18, over 18 and it gets a little trickier depending on their disability). I submitted Kearnan's just after his 5th birthday and he was approved almost immediately. I am considering applying for my youngest who recently turned 7 and was diagnosed bipolar. My understanding is that he will not qualify for income or if he does it will split what his brother receives, but by qualifying he will then qualify for medicaid which will help with his prescriptions and therapies. I do not know anything about regional centers though, I think that must vary by area. SSI is different from state to state. As far as I know a child/family must qualify both by disability as well as by income level however in some areas a child can be denied based on income, qualify based on disability and therefore qualify for certain medical needs benefits like medicaid. It is certainly worth pursuing.

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Old 12-06-2012, 11:07 PM   #12
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^^ wss. I know that you can't have more than $3,000 in your bank accounts and they also look at what type of car you know (to determine whether it can be liquidated) and things like that.
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Your local regional center is an organization that will coordinate your child's services. They also give you info on other resources in the community. Regional centers will help you receive services your health insurance and school district don't cover. Our treatment coordinator from our regional center also comes to our iep meetings to ensure we get adequate services for our DS in school. Right now our regional center is helping us get respite care, behavioral therapy, and speech therapy. You can look up your regional center via google. Basically all the help that is available to you, the regional center will help you apply for. And they sometimes pay for your copays when you can't cover them.

I need to put ll this info in the sticky, but I've been busy.
I tried to look up Regional centers but it's not showing anything like what I need. Am I doing it wrong by just searching that?
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Do you live in Oregon? Will any of these orgs be useful to you?

http://ucedd.uoregon.edu/wp-content/...egonPoster.pdf

A lot of times one organization can refer you to another.
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Thank you so much Peanut, I am going to have to check all those out and see what I can find.
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If nothing else, your sons pediatrician can tell you where you can get help.
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