Disability Determination Services


Responsive, timely and cost-effective
services are the goal of VR’s Disability Determination Services (DDS). This unit processes Social Security Disability Insurance claims as well as Supplemental Security Income claims for the Social Security Administration.

You may be eligible to receive benefits from these programs when a physical or mental impairment prevents you from performing any type of work for a sustained period of time. Highly-trained DDS employees carefully and objectively evaluate medical and vocational factors in making the decision whether documentation meets Social Security guidelines for allowance of benefits.

SC DDS’s documentation accuracy surpassed regional and national averages last year. With offices in West Columbia, Charleston and Greenville, the unit handled more than 90,000 claims for SSA.

DDS also processes disability retirement claims for the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority and Medicaid disability claims. 

DDS employees realize that each of the many thousands of claims received by our offices is of vital importance in the life of the person who
submitted it. We are proud of the conscientious and dedicated efforts of our staff to get it right
— Shirley Jarrett, DDS Director

Find out more or apply for SSI or SSDI by visiting the Social Security Administration website, calling 1-800-772-1213, or by visiting you local Social Security Administration office.

Find out more about DDS Jobs & Consultative Evaluation Opportunities on the Jobs & Internships portion of this site.