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Allsup Explains Social Security Disability, Veterans Disability and Return-to-Work Programs at North Carolina Mental Health Conference

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability; North Carolina is the 10th most backlogged state in the nation for pending SSDI claims 

Belleville, Ill.–Dec. 2, 2015–Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company, will provide free disability screenings and explain the SSDI application process, the veterans disability appeals process, and options for returning to work with a disability at the North Carolina Council of Community Programs Conference, Dec. 2-4, at Pinehurst Resort.

In North Carolina, about 264,000 adults (3.7 percent of all adults) per year between 2009–2013 had a severe mental illness, according to a 2014 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Serious mental illnesses include schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and other brain disorders. These illnesses often make it impossible for individuals to continue working full time.

For North Carolinians who cannot continue working due to mental illness or other conditions, SSDI is an important resource, providing a monthly income and access to healthcare. Read Allsup’s explanation of the full range of SSDI benefits here.

The SSDI application process can be confusing and frustrating. Most people who apply are initially denied. Those who appeal face a national backlog of more than 1 million claims. North Carolina ranks as the 10th most backlogged state, with more than 37,681 pending SSDI claims. The average hearing office wait time in North Carolina is 537 days, more than 200 days longer than Louisiana, which has the shortest average wait time of 334 days. Click here to see Allsup’s state-by-state disability backlog analysis.

“Getting expert help at the very beginning of the SSDI application process increases your chances of being awarded at the application level,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup manager of Strategic Alliances. “You want to avoid the appeal process, if at all possible, as that could add months or years to your wait for benefits.”

Venuti will explain the SSDI application process, SSDI representation and resources available to help individuals with SSDI return to work, as well as veterans disability appeals information during the conference.

For information on SSDI eligibility, call the Allsup Disability Evaluation Center at (888) 841-2126 or visit



Allsup and its subsidiaries provide nationwide Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, re-employment, exchange plan and Medicare services for individuals, their employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis. For more information, go to or visit Allsup on Facebook at


Tai Venuti
(618) 236-8573  

Rebecca Ray
(618) 236-5065