The process of restarting benefits can take a while, but you can start the process up to 3 months before you are expecting to be released. How you restart your benefits depends on which type of benefits you used to get.
To restart SSDI benefits, find out your release date. Once you are within 3 months of your release date, your caseworker can help you contact Social Security with information about your upcoming release.
You can also call Social Security yourself at 1-800-772-1213 to report your release date. The person you speak to can give you further instructions.
On the day you are released, or as soon as possible after you are released, go to a Social Security office with identification and a document from the prison stating you have been released. This lets Social Security know you can start getting payments again. You need to give Social Security the address where you will be living.
The soonest you get your first SSDI check is at the beginning of the first month after the month you are released.
Remember, SSI benefits that have been suspended for more than 12 months are terminated. To restart terminated SSI benefits, you have to reapply and prove again that you are disabled and that you meet the SSI financial eligibility requirements. Unlike with SSDI benefits, you can’t apply for SSI benefits until you are within 30 days of your release from prison. Ask your caseworker to help you file a new SSI application in the month before your release date.
If you have been in jail or prison for less than 12 months, and need to restart suspended SSI benefits, ask your caseworker to help you contact Social Security in the month before your release date with information about your release.
You can also call Social Security yourself at 1-800-772-1213.
Or your rep payee can go to the Social Security office for you if they have papers proving they are your payee. A friend or family member can also go but they need a valid SSA consent form.