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Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) Services in MA

Date: 
10/30/2002

PROTECTION & ADVOCACY FOR BENEFICIARIES OF SOCIAL SECURITY: Services for People who Receive SSI or SSDI and Want to Work. The Disability Law Center has received a grant from the Social Security Administration, pursuant to The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, to provide advocacy services to SSI and SSDI recipients interested in returning to work. PABSS services include legal advocacy and representation to overcome barriers to obtaining and retaining employment, training and technical assistance, and information and referral. Examples of legal advocacy include representation in cases to ensure access to needed medical care, support services and assistive technology, advocacy in cases involving the Americans With Disabilities Act and reasonable accommodation issues, and resolving disputes with Employment Networks and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
SSI and SSDI recipients, ages 18-64, in Massachusetts are eligible for PABSS services at DLC. A Ticket to Work is not required.
At this time, PABSS services do not extend to representation in overpayment cases or any other action or proceeding against SSA (although DLC may do this type of advocacy under other grants). For more information about PABSS services, contact Ray Cebula (617-723-8455 x132), Linda Landry (617-723-8455 x154), or Barbara Siegel (617-723-8455 x129) at DLC.

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