If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is monthly cash payments to people with low incomes and few resources. SSI payments are designed to bring a person’s income up to a minimum level. The amount you receive each month will fluctuate, depending on increases and decreases in your earnings. If you receive SSI, you are also eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) at no cost, but you do need to apply for it. You do not have to have a previous work history to be eligible for SSI. SSI looks at a family’s total household income and assets to determine eligibility. Any changes in income need to be reported to your local SSA office to prevent over & under payments.
Adults who are blind or disabled, or age 65 or older with little or no income and resources. For a child to qualify, he or she must have a physical or mental condition that very seriously limits his/her activities; and the condition must have lasted, or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.
To apply, call toll free 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and schedule an appointment with a representative to fill out the paperwork. Applications for SSI are also available online. It takes about three to five months for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to decide a person’s SSI disability claim. You can speed up this decision by being prepared for the appointment by bringing any necessary documents to your local SSA office. These documents include medical documentation of disability, current medical records, and reports on any medical or psychological testing done within the past year.
For more information, visit the Social Security website or call toll free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY1-800-325-0778).
What if my SSI application is denied?
You can appeal the decision if your SSI application is denied. This must be done within 60 days of receiving the denial notice. About 60% of all SSI disability applications are denied the first time. If you are approved for SSI benefits, you can receive up to one years worth of payments for time prior to the application, starting at the time of the official disability.You may want to contact an advocacy organization or attorney to help with the appeal process. The MN Disability Law Center and Arc are good places to start.