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Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) Program

Do you get SSI or SSDI? Do you want to work?

The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working.  This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues. 

How Can This Project Help Me?

This Project is for people with disabilities who receive either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or both. The Social Security Administration has many “Work Incentives” that may make it worthwhile for you to go back to work.  

If you decide to return to work, you may need advocacy or legal assistance with return to work issues.  The PABSS Program can assist you with these issues. Such issues might include accessing needed services, supports, and accommodations. If you are planning on returning to work and are currently using vocational rehabilitation services, you may need advocacy assistance in dealing with your provider. There is no cost for these services. 

What Specific Areas Can PABSS Staff Assist Me in Gaining, Maintaining or Regaining work? 

Specifically, the PABSS program provides assistance in the following areas when the issue is a clear barrier to securing, maintaining or regaining employment:

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Appropriate Services from an Employment Network
  • School to Work Transition
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Social Security Overpayments
  • SSA Work Related Decisions
  • PASS Writing
  • Housing
  • Representative Payee 

What Should I Do If I Want to Return to Work But I Am Afraid of Losing My Benefits?

If you want to return to work, but are afraid about what will happen to your state and federal benefits, you should contact Disability Rights South Dakota. We will inform you about the different “Work Incentives,” such as the one that allows you to keep your Medicaid or Medicare benefits while you work. With this information, you can make an informed decision about going to work.