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Vol. 46, No. 42
June 6, 2012


Missouri Disability Determination Services Supports National Workload

This past year, Missouri Disability Determination Services (DDS) assisted with the disability workload from other states, while meeting or exceeding national workload goals. A rise in the number of individuals applying for first-time benefits nationally has created the need for state-to-state assistance.

"Missouri Disability Determination Services is a highly effective and efficient agency, consistently ranking within the top ten states nationally on multiple performance indicators," said Jeanne Loyd, assistant commissioner for the Office of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Services at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "DDS truly is a national effort and we are happy to support other states who have an overload of cases."

By the end of federal fiscal year 2012, Missouri DDS will have assisted with over 6,000 cases from other states and are compensated for every Social Security Disability claim processed.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education administers Missouri DDS, which determines medical eligibility for Missourians who have filed for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration.

The Department is focused on improving efficiency and operational effectiveness as part of its Top 10 by 20 initiative (goal 4), which aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the top 10 states by the year 2020.