Pertaining to applying for medicaid for a difficult child: I'm getting mixed messages regarding medicaid- do they only go by the parent's gross monthly income? Or do they ever look at income coming in and bills that have to be paid to consider what is left to live on- maybe not all bills, but mortgage, utilities, etc.? Also, what do they do if your pay varies from month to month because you (the parent) are working by the hour? Regarding SSI: The man at the social security office told me that they use the parent's monthly income to decide what child qualifies for SSI for disability. Is this true? Meaning, if a child is disabled, the child won't qualify for anything if the parent's income is above the poverty level? Also, he said it took 4 to 6 months to find out if the application is approved- does that sound right? Someone from one of the state agencies said that difficult child would qualify for SSI because of his BiPolar (BP) diagnosis, previous acute psychiatric hospital stays and now sentence in detention. She said this meant he had previously been institutionalized. However, on the SSI child report form, it asks if and how the disability seriously impacts the kid's daily life. What on earth would I put there? He goes to mainstream school, in collaborative classes, on an IEP. He goes to day camps in the summer and lives at home. But, I have to supervise him more because of him being unpredictable at times and now with the legal problems, the PO and GAL are requiring it- and imply that I don't do enough as a mom if I don't make sure he's supervised 24/7 (even though none of his legal violations occureed when I was not at home). I'm starting to think that he really wouldn't qualify.