PABSS program is a federally funded program that was established
under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act of 1999. The Act
authorizes the Social Security Administration (SSA) to fund each
state's protection and advocacy system to provide work incentive
assistance to SSDI and SSI beneficiaries seeking vocational rehabilitation,
employment and other support services to secure, retain or regain
representation and assistance;
and referral for SSA beneficiaries;
and referral for non-beneficiaries; and
program also pursues system advocacy to identify and address deficiencies
in those systems that provide services and or support to individuals
seeking to work.
to providing assistance to individuals with disabilities, PABSS
staff are available for speaking engagements, in-service presentations,
workshops and seminars on beneficiary rights in SSA programs, including
the Ticket to Work Program and other work incentive programs.
is Eligible for PABSS Services?
should contact PABSS if you are an SSA beneficiary, family member,
individual with a disability(ies), employer, attorney, government
agency, service provider, community organization, or advocacy group
education and training about employment, work incentives, and
other work related issues, including available civil rights
protection under the law.
information or referral related to the services and assistance
that may be available to SSA beneficiaries in return to work
efforts, including methods to apply for and access those services.
beneficiaries should also contact PABSS if they need help with:
or filing a complaint of improper or inadequate service assistance
involving a vocational provider, work incentive planner, employer
or other entity involved with return to work efforts.
of complaints through mediation, negotiation or other good faith
dispute resolution efforts.
counsel and litigation services when such services become necessary
to protect your rights as an SSA beneficiary under the law.
Program Brochure (pdf)
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Security Disability Resource Center