Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is good intentions gone bad, expanding the welfare state and inappropriately creating dependency on lenient definitions of disability.
Cradle to grave welfare programs with more access. Now the disabilities are expanded in number and the threshold for determining disability lower.
If a child has a mental disability, SSI is possible.
Dependency because the definition of disability expands–and medicalization occurs, particularly psych and social/psych problems, producing a way to expand the disability roles and the welfare state.
We now have more people dependent than working–and this is one way it happens. SSI starts ’em young.