Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like Connecticut – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.
Why is State-by-State Information Important?
Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and Connecticut social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.
Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.
Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.
While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.
You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in Connecticut below.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Connecticut – What You Need To Know
There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how Connecticut compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.
|Initial Application (L1)||Reconsideration (L2)||Hearing (L3)|
As the table shows, in 2018 Connecticut was very close to the national average for approval rate at the Initial Application level, slightly ahead of the national average for Reconsiderations, and a fair bit below the national average for approvals at the Hearing level.
Connectictu Initial Application Approval Over Time
|Initial Application Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart show, Connecticut has been generally slightly behind the national average for approvals of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010, although it’s caught up to the average in the last two years. In 2018, Connecticut ranked 32nd in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved slightly in Connecticut over the last few years, they now just mirror the national average, meaning only just over 1/3 of applicants were approved at the Initial Application level. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
Connecticut Reconsideration Approval Over Time
|Reconsideration Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Connecticut has bounced around close to the national average when it comes to approvals at the Reconsideration level, and been ahead of the average for the last few years. In 2018, Connecticut ranked 20th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.
Connecticut Hearings Approval Over Time
|Hearing Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Connecticut has fallen below the the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Connecticut ranked 42nd in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Connecticut are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in Connecticut may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.
Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.
Connecticut SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office
Connecticut is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 1,” which is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. There are 2 hearing offices in Connecticut. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Connecticut and National Averages.
The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.
The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.
The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.
|Hearing Wait Time (Months)||Average Disposition Time (Days)||Average Approval Rate (2019)|
As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, Connecticut is a mixed offering. Both the offices, Hartford and New Haven, have waiting times quite less than the national average. However, both offices are lagging far behind the national average when it comes to approvals at Hearings; Hartford is only approving 1 in 3 applications on average, and New Haven is approving 4 out of 10.
These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.
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Hearing Offices in Connecticut & The SSA Offices They Serve
These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Connecticut. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.
Hearing Office Region 1 Hartford SSA, OHO
William R. Cotter Federal Building 135 High Street, Room 331
Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1193 (866) 931-2878 (860) 724-9843 (877) 787-5224
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Services the following Social Security Field Offices:
CONNECTICUT: Bristol, East Hartford, Hartford, Meriden, Middleton, New Britain, Torrington, Waterbury, Willimantic
Hearing Office Region 1 New Haven SSA, OHO
Connecticut Financial Center 157 Church Street, 7th Floor
New Haven, Connecticut 06510 (866) 613-2750 (203) 787-7777 (877) 482-0827
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Services the following Social Security Field Offices:
CONNECTICUT: Ansonia, Bridgeport, Danbury, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Norwich, Stamford
List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Connecticut
|Office Name||Location||Address||City||State||Phone Number|
|HARTFORD CT||2ND FLOOR||960 MAIN ST||HARTFORD||CT||(877) 619-2851|
|BRIDGEPORT CT||35 COURTLAND ST||2ND FLOOR||BRIDGEPORT||CT||(866) 331-6399|
|WATERBURY CT||SUITE 1||51 NORTH ELM ST||WATERBURY||CT||(877) 405-4874|
|WILLIMANTIC CT||STE 19||1320 MAIN ST||WILLIMANTIC||CT||(877) 405-0488|
|NEW LONDON CT||RM 101||2 SHAWS COVE||NEW LONDON||CT||(866) 643-3401|
|NEW HAVEN CT||GIAIMO FED BLDG 4TH FL||150 COURT ST||NEW HAVEN||CT||(866) 331-5281|
|NEW BRITAIN CT||2ND FL||233 MAIN STREET||NEW BRITAIN||CT||(866) 858-6086|
|STAMFORD CT||SUITE 105||2 LANDMARK SQUARE||STAMFORD||CT||(866) 770-1881|
|MERIDEN CT||321 RESEARCH PARKWAY||SUITE 212||MERIDEN||CT||(877) 409-8429|
|TORRINGTON CT||147 LITCHFIELD STREET||TORRINGTON||CT||(877) 405-0486|
|DANBURY CT||131 WEST ST||DANBURY||CT||(866) 275-7821|
|ANSONIA CT||475 MAIN STREET||ANSONIA||CT||(866) 331-7096|
|EAST HARTFORD CT||478 BURNSIDE AVENUE||EAST HARTFORD||CT||(866) 706-6759|
|MIDDLETOWN CT||3RD FLOOR||425 MAIN STREET||MIDDLETOWN||CT||(877) 692-3145|
|NORWICH CT||STE 380||55 MAIN ST||NORWICH||CT||(888) 482-3170|
All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.
About Citizens Disability, LLC:
Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.
More Important Information about The Application Process
Other Applying For SSDI FAQs:
- Can Citizens Disability help with my application?
- Does this process take as long as I’ve heard about?
- Can I receive both Medicare and Social Security disability benefits?
- Do I receive compensation while I wait for my approval?
- If I am denied, should I reapply?
- How long does it take for an initial application to be decided?
- What happens during the reconsideration stage?
- At which stage do I require an advocate?
- Should I give medical updates to the disability authorities throughout the appeals processes?
- Are there any costs to me during the appeals process?