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Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)

The purpose of this program is to make protection and advocacy services are available to disabled beneficiaries of the Social Security Act.  To do this, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration makes payments in each state to the Protection and Advocacy system established pursuant to part C of Title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C. § 15001).

The PABSS program can provide the following services:

  1. Information and advise about obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services; and
  2. Advocacy or other services that a disabled beneficiary may need to secure or regain gainful emloyment.

PABSS is authorized in:

29 U.S.C. § 1320b-21, P.L. 106-170
First authorization: Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999

PABSS is administered and regulated by:

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)
Social Seucrity Administration
Disability and Income Security Programs (DISP)
6401 Security Blvd., 107 Altmeyer
Baltimore, MD  21235
Phone: (410) 965-8658, Fax: (410) 966-1278


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