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 Missouri – 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 Missouri 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 Missouri below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Missouri – 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 Missouri 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)
Missouri36.8%13.2%48.9%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:1.7%0.7%-5.0%

As the table shows, Missouri is very close to the national average at the first two levels – Initial Application and Reconsideration. Missouri however is also behind a fair amount, 5%, at the Hearing level.

Missouri Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Missouri36.8%35.8%33.1%34.5%34.6%33.2%34.1%33.5%32.6%
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, Missouri has stayed pretty much the same rate of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Missouri ranked 26th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have remained constant in Missouri over the last few years, they still are on par with the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

Missouri Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Missouri13.2%25.8%18.5%23.9%20.5%18.7%17.7%21.5%22.9%
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, Missouri has taken a dramatic dip int he last year. Missouri is now very close to the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Missouri ranked 26th 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.

Missouri Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Missouri48.9%51.5%49.4%49.4%50.1%50.9%52.2%58.9%63.5%
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, Missouri has remained a similar distance below the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Missouri ranked 36th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

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

Missouri SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Missouri is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 7,” which is headquartered in Kansas. There are 6 hearing offices in Missouri. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Missouri 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%
Missouri Average16.055236.9%
COLUMBIA MO14.957337.8%
CREVE COEUR16.859136.7%
KANSAS CITY11.842238.2%
ST LOUIS NHC18.8#N/A37.5%
SPRINGFIELD MO16.758630.4%
ST LOUIS16.758739.8%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, you will most likely have to wait longer than normal. However, Missouri does have some offices that average a shorter wait time. Their Columbia and Kansas City locations have some better average wait times. Unfortunately, all of the offices have significantly lower that the national average.

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 Missouri & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Missouri. 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.

Regional Office Region 7 Kansas City SSA, OHO
Suite 600 2300 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Hours: (888) 238-7975 • (816) 842-4250
Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri

Hearing Office Region 7 Columbia SSA, OHO
3402 Buttonwood Drive
Columbia, Missouri 65201
(877) 331-8351 • (573) 442-7072 • (866) 262-3203
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MISSOURI: Columbia, Jefferson City, Moberly, Sedalia

Hearing Office Region 7 Creve Coeur SSA, OHO
Suite 100 1285 Fern Ridge Parkway
Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141
(877) 833-2445 • (314) 434-4800 • (877) 389-4213
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
MISSOURI: Creve Coeur (West County), Fenton (Southwest), St. Louis (Central West End), St. Louis (North County), St. Louis (South Side), St. Peters, Union

Hearing Office Region 7 Kansas City SSA, OHO
Suite 350 2301 McGee
Kansas City, Missouri 64108-2605
(888) 488-7742 • (816) 283-7220 • (877) 417-4669
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MISSOURI: Chillicothe, Gladstone, Independence, Kansas City (Euclid Street), Kansas City (Gateway), Maryville, St. Joseph

Hearing Office Region 7 Springfield SSA, OHO
Suite C 2143 East Primrose Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65804
(888) 472-2404 • (417) 890-9746 • (877) 389-4215
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MISSOURI: Joplin, Lebanon, Nevada, Springfield, West Plains

Hearing Office Region 7 St. Louis SSA, OHO
Suite 900 200 North Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(866) 404-1859 • (314) 436-1708 • (877) 389-4216
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ILLINOIS: Alton, Belleville, East St. Louis, Litchfield, Quincy
MISSOURI: Cape Girardeau, Hannibal, Kennett, Kirksville, Park Hills, Poplar Bluff, Rolla, Sikeston, St. Louis (Downtown)

Hearing Office Region 7 NCAC St. Louis SSA, OHO
NCAC Building 110, Suite 1313A 4300 Goodfellow Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63120
(877) 319-6861 (314) 263-8553 (877) 871-1880
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Hearing Office Region 7 NHC St. Louis SSA, OHO
NHC Building 110, 2nd Floor 4300 Goodfellow Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63120
(877) 409-4579 (314) 263-8589 (877) 847-1604

Training Center Region 7
St. Louis Training Center Federal Center, Building 110, 2nd Floor
4300 Goodfellow Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63120
(877) 409-4579 x20285


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List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Missouri

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
CHILLICOTHE MOINDUSTRIAL PK1105 S MITCHELL AVECHILLICOTHEMO(877) 405-7668
KANSAS CITY (GATEWAY)2021 INDEPENDENCE AVEKANSAS CITYMO(800) 772-1213
ST LOUIS CEN WEST MO5669 DELMAR BLVDST LOUISMO(800) 772-1213
WEST PLAINS MO1612 IMPERIAL DRIVEWEST PLAINSMO(866) 614-2741
ST PETERS MO4800 EXECUTIVE CTR PKYST PETERSMO(800) 772-1213
ST LOUIS-DTN MOSUITE 100717 N 16TH STREETST LOUISMO(800) 772-1213
KANSAS CITY SOUTH MO6320 EUCLID AVEKANSAS CITYMO(800) 772-1213
ST JOSEPH MO1402 N WOODBINE RDSAINT JOSEPHMO(888) 366-6148
SPRINGFIELD MOSTE 1001570 W BATTLEFIELD STSPRINGFIELDMO(877) 850-7824
CAPE GIRARDEAU2445 CAPE CENTRE DRCAPE GIRARDEAUMO(866) 931-7077
JEFFERSON CITY129 SCOTT STATION ROADJEFFERSON CITYMO(877) 405-9803
HANNIBAL MO155 FORREST DRIVEHANNIBALMO(866) 331-7094
ST LOUIS WEST COUNTYSTE 1001215 FERN RIDGE PKWYCREVE COEURMO(800) 772-1213
SEDALIA MO3404 W 10THSEDALIAMO(877) 405-5459
JOPLIN MO4102 S ARIZONA AVEJOPLINMO(866) 964-7421
ST LOUIS-SOUTHSIDESUITE 1008800 WATSON RD.SAINT LOUISMO(800) 772-1213
INDEPENDENCE MO3520 S NOLAND RD STE CINDEPENDENCEMO(800) 772-1213
POPLAR BLUFF MO66 HIGHWAY 142POPLAR BLUFFMO(855) 722-3498
ROLLA MO1813 E 10TH STROLLAMO(800) 551-2056
COLUMBIA MO3402 BUTTONWOOD DRIVESUITE 101COLUMBIAMO(866) 563-9108
KENNETT MO800 SOUTH BYPASSKENNETTMO(866) 931-4497
PARK HILLS MO507 EAST MAIN STREETPARK HILLSMO(877) 622-9009
KANSAS CITY NORTH8620 N GREEN HILLS RDKANSAS CITYMO(800) 772-1213
NEVADA MO120 S COMMERCE DRNEVADAMO(888) 808-5441
UNION MOSUITE 543 PRAIRIE DELL PLZUNIONMO(800) 772-1213
KIRKSVILLE MO1305 CROWN DRIVEKIRKSVILLEMO(888) 386-2705
ST LOUIS SOUTHWEST650 GRAVOIS BLUFFSFENTONMO(800) 772-1213
LEBANON MO2546 S JEFFERSON AVELEBANONMO(866) 931-7104
MARYVILLE MO518 W SOUTH HILLS DRMARYVILLEMO(877) 833-2731
SIKESTON MO711 YORK DRSIKESTONMO(866) 964-4261
ST LOUIS NORTH COUNTY11753 WEST FLORISSANTFLORISSANTMO(800) 772-1213
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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.