The disability system is federal. It operates under the same rules regardless of state. To be more precise, there is only one definition of disability, one set of grid rules, and one process for arriving at decisions on claims.
That process entails evaluating a person's medical records to determine if they meet or equal a listing in the adult or childhood listings and, if a listing award is not possible, evaluating medical records and the vocational work history to determine if a person might receive a vocational allowance (you receive this when the determination is made that you cannot go back to your past work or do "other work").
Each state does have its own separate DDS agency (disability determination services) and sometimes those agencies are called DDS or BDD or DDD, but they are essentially all the same and perform the same exact functions.
I am a former disability examiner and I publish the website Social Security Disability Resource Center, or SSDRC for short. I
also maintain a facebook page for SSDRC (Social Security Disability Blog).
Archives for this blog.
Neither this blog, nor the facebook page, nor my website are affiliated with the Social Security Administration.
Recent SSDRC postings:
What is considered to be a disability for SSDI or SSI?
Who can get SSI disability?
If I get denied disability, should I get a lawyer?
How long does a disability appeal take?
How long does it take to get a disability check after approval?
Is there a cap on back pay for SSI?
How often do you have to recertify for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long does it take to get approved for disability?
Do CE exams usually result in denials for disability?
When does Social Security send you for a neurological exam?
How do you get proof of your disability from your doctor?
What determines your disability benefit amount?
Will an inheritance stop my disability benefits?
When to Appeal a Disability Denial
What happens to my disability benefits if I move out of state?
Does Social Security send you to a MRI or CT scan?