Benefits for Young People

Next Steps

Apply for Benefits

You can apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB), and Child’s Benefits at your local Social Security office or by calling 1-800-772-1213 or 1-800-325-0778 (TTY).

The MO HealthNet website has instructions on how to apply for health coverage online, by phone, or by mail. is the easiest place to apply for a private individual health plan.

To get SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), download an application, fill it out, and submit it to your local Family Support Division (FSD) office in person or by mail or fax your application to 1-573-522-6220. You can also complete and submit the application online. For more details, see the Missouri Food Assistance website.

To apply for Temporary Assistance go to your local Family Support Division (FSD) office.

To apply for a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS), contact your local PASS Cadre.

Learn About Asset Building

DB101’s Building Assets and Wealth article discusses programs that can help you build your savings without risking your disability benefits. It includes information about:

  • ABLE Accounts, where over time you can save up some money and keep getting SSI and MO HealthNet.
  • Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS), a program that helps you save money for a work-related goal while you get SSI benefits
  • Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), savings accounts that help people with low incomes build resources
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Missouri Working Family Credit, federal and state tax programs that lower the amount of income taxes owed by low- to moderate-income workers and families

Ticket to Work

Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program helps people with disabilities who get Social Security benefits re-enter the workforce and become more independent. The Ticket to Work Program offers free access to employment-related services, such as training, transportation, and vocational rehabilitation.

Benefits Planning Services

If you're currently on SSI, SSDI, or CDB benefits, and you're looking for a job, a trained Benefits Specialist can help you avoid complications when you are working on a job plan for your future. For questions or guidance specific to your situation, you can speak to someone at the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (1-866-833-2967 TTY/TDD) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 8:00PM EST.

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