A Profile of Children with Disabilities Receiving SSI: Highlights from the National Survey of SSI Children and Families

by Kalman Rupp, Paul S. Davies, Chad Newcomb, Howard Iams, Carrie Becker, Shanti Mulpuru, Stephen Ressler, Kathleen Romig, and Baylor Miller
Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 66 No. 2, 2005/2006
Table equivalent for Chart 1. Distribution of children receiving SSI by living arrangement
Arrangement Percent
Two parents 29.3
Mother 56.3
Father 2.4
Other older relative 9.9
Other 1.7
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 1. Chart omits a small fraction of children receiving SSI with missing variable value.
Table equivalent for Chart 2. Distribution of children receiving SSI by monthly earnings of parent or guardian and total monthly family income
Dollars Percent
  Monthly earnings of parent or guardian
0 44.9
1–499 3.1
500–999 8.8
1,000–1,499 15.0
1,500–1,999 11.4
2,000–2,999 9.8
3,000 or more 6.5
  Total monthly family income
499 or less 4.9
500–999 20.2
1,000–1,499 20.4
1,500–1,999 18.5
2,000–2,999 22.7
3,000 or more 13.3
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 2.
Table equivalent for Chart 4. Distribution of children receiving SSI by reported total liquid assets and total debt of parent or guardian
Dollars Percent
  Assets
0 39.1
1–499 34.8
500–999 6.9
1,000–2,999 10.4
3,000 or more 8.8
  Debt
0 50.0
1–500 5.9
501–1,000 6.9
1,001–5,000 18.4
5,001–10,000 9.7
10,001–25,000 6.4
25,001–50,000 1.8
50,001 or more 0.9
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 2. Chart omits a small fraction of children receiving SSI with missing variable value.
Table equivalent for Chart 5. Percentage of families of children receiving SSI with income from other government programs
Program Percent
Public assistance (other than SSI) 14.1
Social Security 13.0
Food stamps 31.1
Housing assistance 18.5
Energy assistance 19.3
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 2.
Table equivalent for Chart 6. Percentage of children receiving SSI with reported physical, mental, or other disabilities, by age group
Age group Physical
disability
Mental
retardation
Other
mental
disability
Other
0–5 62.8 2.5 19.8 23.2
6–12 41.3 8.3 49.4 14.3
13–17 35.7 10.4 51.1 10.9
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 3. Chart omits a small fraction of children receiving SSI with missing variable value.
Table equivalent for Chart 7. Distribution of children receiving SSI by reported health status
Health status Percent
Poor 9.1
Fair 30.1
Good 33.4
Very good 15.6
Excellent 11.5
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 3. Chart omits a small fraction of children receiving SSI with missing variable value.
Table equivalent for Chart 8. Percentage of children receiving SSI with reported need for help with specific activities, by age group
Reported need Age 6–12 Age 13–17
Getting into or out of bed 9.9 6.8
Getting around inside home 8.7 6.0
Using or getting to toilet 16.9 9.6
Eating 14.2 8.4
Bathing or showering 34.3 18.9
Dressing 33.0 18.2
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 3.
Table equivalent for Chart 9. Distribution of children receiving SSI by perceived impact of disability on child's ability to do thing
Impact of disability Percent
A great deal 36.4
Some 41.4
Very little 18.8
No disability reported 2.1
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 3. Chart omits a small fraction of children receiving SSI with missing variable value.
Table equivalent for Chart 10. Percentage of children receiving SSI reported to have had at least one doctor visit, hospitalization, emergency room visit, or surgery during the 12 months before the interview, by age group (in percent)
Age group Doctor
visits
Hospitalization Emergency
room
visits
Surgery
0–5 94.5 30.2 58.4 28.7
6–12 90.2 15.7 40.2 14.3
13–17 86.0 14.2 37.0 14.0
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 4. The number of doctor visits, hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and surgeries were not reported for a small number of children in the survey.
Table equivalent for Chart 11. Percentage of children receiving SSI with perceived unmet needs for therapy or service among those with reported needs for therapy or service
Type of therapy or service Percent
Physical, occupational, speech 10.9
Respiratory 5.9
Recreational 29.9
Audiology 8.7
Transportation 24.7
Respite care 73.9
Mental health counseling 36.5
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 4.
Table equivalent for Chart 12. Distribution of out-of-pocket expenses for health care services, therapies, and equipment among SSI children during the 12 months before the interview, by amount and type of expenditure
Out-of-pocket
expenses (dollars)
Doctors, hospitals,
medications, and
mental and
substance
abuse services
Therapies, services, and equipment
0 76.0 85.0
1–99 7.6 4.7
100–199 4.0 2.4
200–499 6.2 3.8
500–999 3.4 2.1
1,000 or more 2.7 2.0
SOURCE: National Survey of SSI Children and Families (NSCF), interviews conducted between July 2001 and June 2002.
NOTE: This chart repeats selected data from Table 4.