Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 authorized Social Security to award 57 Work Incentives Assistance Program grants to the designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories and the Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The P&A network is the nation’s largest provider of legally based advocacy service for people with disabilities. Social Security’s P&A Program, known as Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS), serves Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries with disabilities who want to work.
You may find contact information for the PABSS projects at http://choosework.net/.
PABSS advocates may represent eligible beneficiaries to remove barriers precluding successful employment including:
- Securing services from community agencies, including employment networks providing services under the Ticket to Work program;
- Protecting beneficiaries with representative payees;
- Obtaining special education and transition services;
- Understanding issues with disability benefits and work incentives for people who are already entitled to benefits;
- Protecting beneficiaries' rights regarding conditions of employment;
- Obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment preparation services and supports;
- Understanding and protecting rights, responsibilities, and reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act;
- Understanding rights in respect to wage and hour issues;
- Protecting rights to transportation; and
- Protecting access to housing assistance.
Social Security has contracted with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to provide technical assistance on administrative systems, and management issues. NDRN is also responsible for providing mandatory work Incentive training to PABSS staff. You may access NDRN’s website by clicking on http://www.ndrn.org/index.php.