Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security – PABSS

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The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) grant has two specific purposes. First, it provides information and advice about obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services. Second, it provides advocacy or other services that a beneficiary needs to secure or regain gainful employment. PABSS services are provided to SSDI/SSI beneficiaries with a disability and between the ages of 18 and 64. Under PABSS services, the advocate will:

  • Investigate and review any complaint of improper or inadequate services provided to a beneficiary with a disability by a service provider, employer or other entity involved in a beneficiary’s return to work effort.
  • Provide information and referral to Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities about work incentives and employment, including information on the types of services and assistance that may be available to assist them in securing or regaining gainful employment. Technical assistance and information on work incentives will be provided to individuals, other advocates and groups.
  • Provide consultation to and legal representation on behalf of beneficiaries with disabilities when such services become necessary to protect the rights of such beneficiaries. Whenever possible, alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and good faith negotiation will be utilized.
  • Advocate to identify and correct deficiencies in entities providing vocational rehabilitation services, employment services and other support services to beneficiaries with disabilities involved in the return to work effort.

Employment has long been recognized as a key to unlocking doors to personal growth, enhancing self-esteem and providing a more fulfilling life. Yet, individuals with disabilities continue to represent an underutilized segment of the work force. According to Department of Labor statistics, only about 29% of persons with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 64 are working full or part time. The PABSS grant is now available to assist beneficiaries in the removal of barriers to work.

PABSS is authorized in:
42 USC §1320b-21, P.L. 106-170
First Authorization: Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999

PABSS is administered and regulated by:
Social Security Administration
Disability and Income Security Programs (DISP)
6401 Security Blvd., 107 Altmeyer, Baltimore, MD 21235
Phone: (410) 965-8658, Fax: (410) 966-1278