Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
In all 50 states and U.S. Territories, there is an agency that protects the rights of people with disabilities. This Protection and Advocacy System also manages the Social Security Administration-financed Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program. Each PABSS agency can:
· Investigate any complaints made against an employment network or other type of service provider that is supposed to be assisting beneficiaries in returning to work;
· Provide information and advice relating to vocational rehabilitation and employment services;
· Talk with beneficiaries about the Social Security Administration’s work incentives that will help them to return to work; and
· Help individuals with their problems or concerns associated with their individual work plans under the Ticket to Work Program.
The listed benefits are free for individuals receiving SSDI or SSI benefits because of blindness or disability. If you would like to locate a PABSS agency location that is near to you, you can call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 for the deaf and hearing impaired. The contact information is also offered in the Social Security provider directory, under P&A (or Advocacy Program).