"Disability Determination Services (DDS), in accordance with federal law and regulations, determines if Minnesota applicants meet federal criteria for disability cash benefits under the Social Security Administration's Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income program."
According to this page, approximately 40,000 Minnesotans file applications for disability benefits or are reviewed for continuing eligibility for payments each year. Statistics about the length of time for decision making and decision accuracy may be of interest.
Includes information about fee petitions, fee agreements, a model fee agreement, standards of conduct for representatives, applicable provisions from the Code of Federal Regulations pertaining to representation of parties in Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) (Part 404) and Supplemental Security Income for the Aged, Blind and Disabled (SSI)(Part 416).
"The Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) administers the hearings and appeals program for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) conduct hearings and issue decisions. The Appeals Council considers appeals from hearing decisions, and acts as the final level of administrative review for the Social Security Administration."
"The Office of the Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge in Chicago, Illinois oversees all hearing office operations in the six state area comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin."
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