Training Available for Ohio’s Expedited SSI & SSDI Program

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has developed the Expedited SSI & SSDI Program as a way to reduce the processing time of applications for disability determination for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The program addresses

  • SSI | Supplemental Security Income
  • SSDI | Social Security Disability Insurance

The program is important because a reduction in application-processing time may enable people with mental illness to have quicker access to cash benefits and stable income, providing them with a means to pay for food, clothing, and housing—all of which are essential for recovery success.

The Training

OhioMHAS is training community-based behavioral health providers in the state about its Expedited SSI & SSDI Program and process, so they may assist eligible individuals. Ohio providers may request an in-person training at their organizations for team leaders and service providers, which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Case managers
  • Peer recovery supporters
  • Any staff person who may assist an individual with an application for benefits

Some Details about the Training

Schedule your training with OhioMHAS

  • Approximately 3-hour event
  • For groups of 20 or fewer participants
  • CEUs available
  • Contact: Megan McElroy at OhioMHAS (


The Expedited SSI & SSDI Program and process for adults with severe mental illness in Ohio was developed as a partnership among the following:

  • Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)
  • Ohio Bureau of Disability Determination (OBDD)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)