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Old 04-28-2011, 03:06 PM
 
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Do you know how, in California, to switch from unemployment benefits to State Disability benefits?

Is this something that's easy to do, or does EDD make it hell? I thought I could accept work so I applied for UI, but it's becoming clear and apparent that disability is what I should be on. My psychologist has approved the move and will fill out a certificate for me due to (several/severe) mental illnesses that prevent me from being gainfully employed.

If you have any suggestions please let me know. I'll probably be without any income as they transition since I cannot collect both at the same time, and I worry that if I am denied State Benefits for some reason that I will also wind up being ineligible to reopen for my UI benefits. e.g. they will say, "you filled for disability so you cannot accept work" after denying me SDI. Is this possible?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-28-2011, 08:01 PM
 
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One poster here recently was in your situation. She collected unemployment benefits, but doctor had said she should be on disability. She applied for disability but continued to collect unemployment until she was approved for disability.

Until you are classified disabled, it might hard for EDD to say you are not able to work, so continue to claim. Meanwhile pursue your disability options. If this is a federal Social Security Disability application, it may be quite a while before you are approved. Some go quickly, others wait nine months to a year or longer. Keep up the job search and keep claiming unemployment, meanwhile.

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Old 04-28-2011, 09:51 PM
 
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Thanks. It is State Disability, not Federal.

I heard that the two programs are in conflict. Meaning, to collect UI you have to be able to accept work, yet for disability you have to be unable to work, so there is no way to collect both at the same time. EDD would not be okay with that, and this makes sense. But I am not sure if EDD would be okay with collecting one while moving to the other. I'm afraid to ask them; afraid they'll remove me from UI and leave me with nothing.

Do you know which poster had the similar situation? I'd like to try to dig it up and read what she said, or maybe contact her and ask.

Thanks.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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Do you know which poster had the similar situation? I'd like to try to dig it up and read what she said, or maybe contact her and ask.
Actually, my apologies, I did not recall the circumstances correctly. This member had collected CA disability which ended and wondered about CA unemployment benefits if she ultimately got a job. This is it:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/18480341-post1.html

Probably won't answer your questions. She's posted only once. From her profile, it appears she has not returned this board since.

If I were you, I would NOT worry about EDD or contact them about this issue. Continue to do a work search, continue to claim, and work on getting a disability classification. Once you are classified disabled, you can cease claiming unemployment benefits.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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Thanks.
Does anyone else have experience with this, or advice on how to transition smoothly?
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:30 AM
 
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I just wanted to check if you were able to go from UI to SDI without any problems or denials. I applied for UI benefits and am waiting to see if I can get it but found out that I can apply for SDI so I wanted to apply for it. I wanted to see if you had any problems going from UI to SDI. If I can apply for both and see what happens.

Thanks.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:02 PM
 
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Circa August 2015, I was on UI and switched to SDI after surgery. I think that there are a few ways to suspend UI and go on SDI, but here are the steps that worked for me:
1. Called EDD UI, and after redialing 20 times at 8AM on a Monday made it into their telephone queue. Talked to representative who told me she would put my UI claim on "stop payment" status as of the first day of disability, and make a note that the SDI representatives could read with regards to me being "in the workforce on UI" and the date of disability start. I confirmed with her that the SDI FAQ, which tells you to "suspend" UI, means putting the UI claim on "stop payment" status in the UI computer system - this is a crucial step, so just plan to do this over the phone.
2. Using SDI online (which started up in August 2015), filed for DI.
3. Wrote down the SDI filing number as instructed on the form - another crucial step - screenshot your application and write down the number.
4. Called my doctor's office and gave them my SDI filing number.
5. Called my doctor's clinic HIPA records office to approve release of information to EDD.
6. Checked SDI online and confirmed the following updates over a period of two days: a. Pending application: SDI form filed, waiting for doctor's confirmation; b. Pending application: SDI form processing; c. Current Disability Insurance Claim: Claim ID number DI-xxxxxxxxxxxx, Claim Effective Date MM-DD-YYYY.
7. My EDD card started receiving payments after a 7 day waiting period, which started not from my surgery date, but at the end of my two week UI claim, which I had put on hold in step 1. Unfortunately, in my case, since my surgery was only a few days into my bi-weekly UI period, I lost the 2 weeks of UI plus the 1 week of SDI waiting period. So 3 weeks with no payments. Still worthwhile if you're disabled to go onto SDI, but plan on no income while you're waiting for SDI to kick in.
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