Just to update anyone reading this later, we went by the social security office today to finish the interview & take care of the representative payee stuff.
It wasn’t too busy, but it still took close to an hour. A few minutes at the front desk, then about a 20 minute wait to be called back. Then the rest of the time running through various questions. He had to sign one form - I just had to show my driver’s license.
I applied online on June 6th and they called me with the approval earlier this week - Monday August 14th I think.
So that was fast.
He’ll start out with a $490 payment since he lives at home. She said they would call or send a letter in 6 months. At that time, I should say he is contributing to the household bills so they’ll increase it to the max.
It was so fast, he only has 2 months of backpay coming.
When they sent the applications in for him last year and put Medicaid only on them, I think it took about 3 months to get everything approved. I’m guessing that may have played a part in this going so smoothly.
I also put “chronic, persistent and debilitating” as descriptors everywhere it would fit and wrote up a page of examples - like how he can’t go into a store for more than a few minutes if that and can never go through the register himself, how he can’t maintain focus enough to cook without supervision (he’ll sometimes leave the stove on or forget about the food completely), how he needs help to stay on task most of the time and has a hard time following a long list of instructions on his own. All those things that are second nature to most people but would keep you from working.