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 Mississippi – 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Mississippi – 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 Mississippi 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)
Mississippi26.0%8.0%44.5%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:-9.1%-4.5%-9.4%

As the table shows, Mississippi is well below at all levels and by a large margin. Mississippi is 9.1% lower at the Initial Application, 4.5% Reconsideration, and 9.4% lower at the Hearing level.

Mississippi Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Mississippi26.0%26.0%25.2%26.5%26.1%25.3%24.8%24.8%24.6%
National Average35.6%34.7%33.7%33.1%32.8%33.0%33.4%33.2%35.1%
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As the table and the below chart show, Mississippi has been consistently been at a lower rate of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Mississippi ranked 51st in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications – dead last. While approval rates have remained the same in Mississippi over the last few years, they still do not meet the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

Mississippi Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Mississippi8.0%8.5%6.7%7.1%6.8%6.7%6.6%6.1%5.8%
National Average12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Mississippi has been approaching the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Mississippi ranked 51st in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration – also dead last. 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.

Mississippi Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Mississippi44.5%50.3%46.9%48.5%48.0%48.7%49.2%52.9%59.8%
National Average53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%67.2%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Mississippi has has been stayed lower than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Mississippi ranked 46th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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.


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Mississippi SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Mississippi is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 4,” which is headquartered in Atlanta. There are 3 hearing offices in Mississippi. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Mississippi 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)
National Average15.453452.7%
Mississippi Average12.746236.9%
HATTIESBURG13.049734.4%
JACKSON13.744036.2%
TUPELO11.345041.2%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, all Mississippi offices averaged a shorter wait time when compared to the national average. The approval rates are also lower across the board in Mississippi by a large margin. The highest average approval rating they have is in Tupelo, which was only at 41.2%.

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.

Hearing Offices in Mississippi & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Mississippi. 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 4 Hattiesburg SSA, OHO
1901 Broadway Drive Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39402
(866) 348-5831 • (601) 264-7702 • (877) 372-8804
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI: Brookhaven, Forest, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Laurel, McComb, Meridian, Moss Point, Natchez, Philadelphia

Hearing Office Region 4 Jackson SSA, OHO
McCoy Federal Building, Suite 401 100 West Capitol Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39269
(888) 385-8499 • (601) 965-5267 • (877) 435-0330
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI: Cleveland, Greenville, Greenwood, Jackson, Kosciusko, Vicksburg

Hearing Office Region 4 Tupelo SSA, OHO
Suite 3A 1150 South Green Street Tupelo, Mississippi 38804
(866) 275-9405 • (662) 842-0423 • (877) 470-5097
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI: Clarksdale, Columbus, Corinth, Grenada, Starkville, Tupelo

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in [STATE NAME]

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
VICKSBURG MSSUITE 1324155 CLAY STREETVICKSBURGMS(866) 964-0996
JACKSON MS FOSTE 225 MCCOY FED BLDG100 W CAPITOL STREETJACKSONMS(866) 331-8135
HATTIESBURG MS1911 BROADWAY DRIVEHATTIESBURGMS(866) 331-2186
MERIDIAN MS4717 26TH AVENUEMERIDIANMS(866) 403-8014
COLUMBUS MS3577 BLUECUTT RDCOLUMBUSMS(877) 626-9914
GREENWOOD MS604 YALOBUSHA STREETGREENWOODMS(866) 331-2209
GULFPORT MS9394 THREE RIVERS ROADGULFPORTMS(877) 897-0609
GREENVILLE MSROOM 201305 MAIN STREETGREENVILLEMS(866) 602-8776
TUPELO MS199 SADDLE CREEK DRIVETUPELOMS(866) 504-4267
CLARKSDALE MSROOM 226236 SHARKEY AVECLARKSDALEMS(866) 931-7670
MCCOMB MS116 BUSINESS CENTER DRMCCOMBMS(866) 253-5609
NATCHEZ MSGROUND FLOOR110 LOWER WOODVILLE RDNATCHEZMS(877) 405-4565
LAUREL MS3210 HWY 15 NLAURELMS(866) 964-4927
MOSS POINT MS6000 HWY 63MOSS POINTMS(866) 253-5675
PHILADELPHIA MS100 PILOT STPHILADELPHIAMS(877) 531-4681
CLEVELAND MS407 INDUSTRIAL PARKWAYCLEVELANDMS(877) 405-4638
CORINTH MS1050 S. HARPER RDCORINTHMS(866) 366-4921
BROOKHAVEN MS1392 JOHNNY JOHNSON DRBROOKHAVENMS(877) 405-3568
GRENADA MS2383 SUNSET DRIVEGRENADAMS(866) 593-8523
KOSCIUSKO MS80 VETERAN MEMORIAL DRKOSCIUSKOMS(866) 875-5995
OLIVE BRANCH MS8760 MID SOUTH DROLIVE BRANCHMS(866) 739-4771
FOREST MS558 DEER FIELD DRIVEFORESTMS(866) 829-2497
STARKVILLE MS1089C STARK RDSTARKVILLEMS(800) 305-6919
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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.