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THE PABSS PROGRAM MAY BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR EMPLOYMENT GOALS!

The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) was established pursuant to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. You are entitled to receive PABSS services if you are a SSI or SSDI beneficiary based on disability or blindness AND if you need advocacy or other services in order to secure or regain gainful employment.

THE PABSS ADVOCATE MAY BE ABLE TO:

Investigate Complaints of Improper or Inadequate Services Against:

  • Employers;
  • The Rehabilitation Services Administration;
  • Employment networks serving beneficiaries under the Ticket to Work program;
  • One-stop agencies;
  • And other Employment service providers



PROVIDE INFORMATION AND/OR REFERRAL REGARDING:

  • SSA’s Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency program;
  • Work Incentives;
  • Employment networks;
  • Benefits planning;
  • Employment services;
  • And other Support Services



PROVIDE CONSULTATION OR LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR:

Employment-Related Issues Dealing With:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation;
  • Employment discrimination;
  • Employment training;
  • College programs;
  • Transportation;
  • Assistive Technology;
  • SSI or SSDI Overpayments;
  • Or anything else that presents a barrier to employment



PROVIDE TRAINING AND/OR COORDINATION WITH OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS INCLUDING:

  • Benefit Specialists;
  • Employment networks;
  • Community-based Medicaid providers;
  • District agencies;
  • Workforce investment councils;
  • SSA local offices;
  • District senior high schools;
  • And other community-based stakeholders that serve beneficiaries



If you think that you are in need of PABSS services, please contact ULS for a consultation


PABSS Objectives and Priorities 2018

THE MISSION of the Protection and Advocacy program for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) at University Legal Services (ULS) is to ensure that people with disabilities are afforded the full rights and entitlements accorded to them by the Constitution, local, and federal law. Among these rights are the rights to self-determination, to be free from harm, to be afforded due process, to develop physically, emotionally, and intellectually, and to be included in community life with the opportunities and choices these rights imply.

The following priorities and objectives reflect ULS’ commitment to remove barriers to securing, maintaining, or regaining gainful employment for beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

1. Assist beneficiaries with disputes before the Social Security Administration (SSA) and other agencies involving work-related benefit decisions that are clearly a barrier to securing, maintaining, or regaining gainful employment.

  1. Advocate for correct application of work incentive programs related to SSI and SSDI, including trial-work periods (TWP), extended periods of eligibility (EPE), impairment-related work expenses (IRWE), Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS), continuing Medicaid coverage, and other programs.
  2. Assist beneficiaries in disputes before SSA and other public-benefits agencies related to overpayments that impede beneficiaries’ ability to secure, maintain, or regain employment.
  3. Advocate against employment discrimination that serves as a barrier to work for SSI and SSDI beneficiaries through direct representation, outreach and education, and alternative dispute resolution.
  4. Assist beneficiaries in securing access to meaningful opportunities to prepare for employment that is consistent with their interests, preferences, and capabilities.
  5. Advocate for access to employment-related programs that lead to competitive employment at competitive wages.
  6. Provide information, referral, and advocacy services regarding services and supports that may impact a beneficiary’s ability to obtain, maintain, or retain employment, including but not limited to transportation services, personal care assistants, childcare, assistive technology, and healthcare.
  7. Conduct outreach and provide education and training to beneficiaries of Social Security, government agencies, employers and educators, and providers of transition services to inform them of the availability of work incentives and employment programs in both the public and private sectors.

CASE SELECTION CRITERIA

ULS accepts cases for Social Security beneficiaries who reside in the District of Columbia and whose complaint falls within the aforementioned priorities.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

While we recognize that every situation is important, please note that case acceptance is dependent upon available resources, including staff time. If your case is not accepted and you wish to file a grievance, please submit your grievance in writing to the Executive Director. Current clients may also submit a grievance to the Executive Director about the quality of ULS’ representation. A client may lodge an oral grievance with a ULS staff member who shall put the grievance in writing and submit it to the Executive Director. The Executive Director may be reached at:

Jane Brown, Executive Director
University Legal Services
220 I Street, N.E., Suite 130
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 547-0198 Phone
(202) 547-2662 Fax
(202) 547-2657 TTY

The Executive Director shall respond in writing within thirty (30) days of receipt of a grievance from any client or prospective client, or community member who has an interest in the operation of the protection and advocacy program.

A grievant may appeal the Executive Director’s decision to the ULS Board of Directors within ten (10) days of the written decision of the Executive Director. The decision of the ULS Board of Directors shall be final and not subject to further appeal or review. Client confidentiality shall be maintained.

The Executive Director shall report grievances to the Board of Directors annually.


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This document is funded through a Social Security grant. Although Social Security reviewed this document for accuracy, it does not constitute an official Social Security communication. This web page was created at U. S. Taxpayer expense.