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Benefits Advisement For People With Disabilities

Benefit Advisement services are provided as needed, to allow individuals to address their benefit needs associated with employment and independent living options. Individuals are provided a comprehensive consultation on the range of benefit programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Social Security Work Incentives- How a paycheck will affect your state and federal benefits. Also the PASS plan, assisting individuals with applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Medicare and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, (TANF), as well as the recertification process for such benefits. The benefits advisement counselor reviews other benefits commonly received by individuals or available to them, such as private insurance coverage, student loans, financial aid, benefits (TAP and PELL grants), and federal and state tax provisions which reduce tax liability. Each of these benefit programs has distinct criteria for initial or continued coverage. Many are based on financial need criteria, and may have very specific rules governing how work and wages affect eligibility or benefit amounts; while others may allow individuals to exercise specific options while working. This service allows individuals to make an informed choice concerning the range of benefits they receive or which may be available to them as theyparticipate in education, training, and employment.

A payment voucher from ACCES VR needs to be provided or there is a Fee for Services for Benefit Advisement. Sliding Scale applies to consumers only, or a family member applying on behalf of an individual with a disability.


    Tina Behnstedt