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 Texas – 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 Texas 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 Texas below.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Texas – What You Need To Know
As the table shows, Texas is pretty close to the national average at the Reconsideration level. However, their approval ratings at the Hearing level are significantly lower by 6% and just a touch lower by 2.9% at the Initial Application.
Texas Initial Application Approval Over Time
Initial Application Approval Rate
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As the table and the below chart show, Texas has been consistently in line of Initial Applications going back to at least 2011. In 2021, Texas ranked 41st in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in Texas over the last few years, they still are around the national average. Chances to win are still only 4 out of 10 – less than half. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
Texas Reconsideration Approval Over Time
Reconsideration Approval Rate
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Texas has stayed on par with the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level, but has dropped below average recently. In 2021, Texas ranked 36th 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.
Texas Hearings Approval Over Time
Hearing Approval Rate
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Texas has been lower than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2021, Texas ranked 41st in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Texas 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 Texas 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.
Texas SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office
Texas is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 6,” which is headquartered in Dallas. There are 6 hearing offices in Texas. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Texas 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 (2021)
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As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2021, all of the offices in Texas have below average waiting times, except Dallas Downtown. However, even though wait times are low, all of the offices also have below average approval rates, except Dallas North.
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 Texas & The SSA Offices They Serve
These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Texas. 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 6 Dallas SSA, OHO Suite 460 1301 Young Street Dallas, Texas 75202-5433 (214) 767-9401 • (214) 767-9407 RO Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
CPC 6 R6 Dallas (Downtown) SSA, OHO Harwood Center, Suite 2300 1999 Bryan Street Dallas, Texas 75201 (866) 563-3885 • (214) 880-4930 • (877) 904-5484 Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. TEXAS: Austin, Corsicana, Dallas (Fair Park), Dallas (Oak Cliff), Georgetown, San Marcos, South Austin, Temple, Waco
Hearing Office 6 Region 6 Dallas (North) SSA, OHO Building 9, Suite 500 12790 Merit Drive Dallas, Texas 75251 (866) 331-7135 • (972) 341-5153 • (877) 904-5524 Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. OKLAHOMA: Durant TEXAS: Dallas (North), Denton, Greenville, Longview, McKinney, Mid-Cities, Palestine, Paris, Pleasant Grove, Mount Pleasant, Sherman, Tyler, Waxahachie
Hearing Office Region 6 CPC Dallas SSA, OHO Central Processing Center Suite A823 1301 Young Street Dallas, Texas 75202-5433 (214) 767-3344 • (214) 767-1211
Hearing Office Region 6 Rio Grande Valley SSA, OHO Suite 200 2009 West Jefferson Avenue Harlingen, Texas 78550 (877) 452-6985 • (956) 364-0815 • (877) 435-0329 Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. TEXAS: Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Mission
Hearing Office Region 6 San Antonio SSA, OHO 10222 San Pedro Avenue San Antonio, Texas 78216 (855) 829-8915 • (210) 733-8054 • (877) 864-5402 Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. TEXAS: Alice, Corpus Christi, Eagle Pass, El Paso, El Paso (Downtown), Kerrville, Laredo, SAN (Central), SAN (Downtown), SAN (Northwest), SAN (South), Seguin
Hearing Office Region 6 Fort Worth SSA, OHO Federal Office Building, Room 9A27 819 Taylor Street Fort Worth, Texas 76102 (866) 613-2744 • (817) 978-4961 • (877) 904-5540 Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. TEXAS: Abilene, Big Spring, Brownwood, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Fort Worth (South), Lubbock, Odessa, Plainview, San Angelo
Hearing Office Region 6 Houston (Bissonnet) SSA, OHO 9945 Bissonnet Street Houston, Texas 77036-8203 (866) 779-5456 • (713) 349-7380 • (877) 847-1603 Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. TEXAS: Angleton, Galveston, Houston (Northwest), Houston (Southwest), Pasadena, Victoria
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