Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, How Do I Contact a Knox, Macon, MaCoupin, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Mercer, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, PABSS Advocate? Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Warren, Shelli Brown: Alexander, Calhoun, Jackson, Jersey, Johnson, DO YOU GET SSI If you need advocacy or legal Madison, Massac, Monroe, Pulaski, Randolph, St. services concerning work issues, Clair, and Union) 1-866-390-6771 (V) OR SSDI? contact your statewide PABSS 312-814-5050 (TTY) project at: Illinois Department of Human DO YOU WANT Equip for Equality, Inc. Services—Office of TO WORK? Rehabilitation Services PABSS Project Helping People Return to Work Michelle Lawrence 630/530-4401 Northern Suburban Cook County. 1-800-537-2632-voice Janice Miller: 217/ 558-6275, Bond, Benefits Planning, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, 1-800-610-2779-TTY Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Assistance and Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Outreach (BPA&O) ----------------------------------- Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pope, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson. Mayor’s Office for People How Do I Contact a Kaylee Raymond 217/558-6326, with Disabilities (City of BPA&0 Planner? Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Chicago) Iroquois, LaSalle, Livingston, Logan, Marshall, The BPAO Project has divided McLean, Peoria, Piatt, Putnam, Stark, Tazwell, Illinois Department of Vermillion, Woodford. Rebecca the state geographically. To Human Services-Office of Peters: 815/ 599-0760 Boone, Bureau, contact your local Benefits Carroll, DeKalb, JoDavies, Lee, Ogle, Rock Mental Health Counselor: Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Illinois Department of Mayor’s Office for People w/ Human Services- Office of Disabilities (City of Chicago: Laura Toll-Free (800) 807-6962 Rehabilitation Services Jamison, Jocelyn Romasanta, Robert Rosen)) 1-312-746-5743 –voice Toll-Free TTY (866) 444-8013 Protection and 1-312-746-5713 - TTY Advocacy for A large print or Braille translation of this pamphlet Illinois Department of Human can be provided upon request. This publication Beneficiaries of Social was made possible by a grant from the Social Services—Office of Mental Security Administration. The contents of this Security (PABSS) Health (Jerome Jones: South Suburban Cook, publication are the sole responsibility of the Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Shirley Morley: West authors and do not represent the official views of Equip for Equality, Inc. Suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane,Kendall, Lake, the Social Security Administration. McHenry, Kenneth Denny: Adams, Brown, Cass, attorney and advocate who are PABSS: If you decide to return able to provide legal and to work, you may need Benefits Planning, advocacy assistance with return advocacy or legal assistance Assistance and to work issues. with return to work issues. The PABSS Program can assist you Outreach How Can These Projects with these issues. Such issues The Benefits Planning, Assistance Help Me? might include accessing and Outreach (BPA&O) Project needed services, supports, and is a federally-funded initiative to These Projects are for people accommodations. If you are educate and assist individuals with disabilities who receive planning on returning to work with disabilities receiving either Supplemental Security and are currently using SSI/SSDI, and those who support Income (SSI) or Social Security vocational rehabilitation them, to anticipate and plan for Disability Insurance (SSDI) or services, you may need changes that may occur in their both. The Social Security advocacy assistance in dealing state and federal benefits as a Administration has many ―Work with your provider. There is no result of employment. These Incentives‖ that may make it cost for these services. benefits include SSI/SSDI, worthwhile for you to go back to Medicaid, Medicare, TANF, work. What Should I Do If I Food Stamps, subsidized Want to Return to Work BPA&O: The BPA&O staff can housing, worker’s But I Am Afraid of explain the ―Work Incentives‖ compensation, and Losing My Benefits? programs of Social Security. unemployment benefits. There is a possibility that you may no longer need to rely on If you want to return to work but Protection and are afraid about what will Social Security. A trained Advocacy for Benefits Specialist will sit down happen to your state and Beneficiaries of Social with you and gather information federal benefits, you should that can help you know what contact a Benefits Specialist to Security set up an appointment. They will happen when you begin The Protection and Advocacy working. The Specialist will help will inform you about the for Beneficiaries of Social you understand the effects different “Work Incentives” such Security is a federally funded working may have on your as the one that allows you to initiative to assist beneficiaries of federal and state benefits and keep your Medicaid or Social Security who are trying to let you decide what you want Medicare benefits while you return to or begin working. This to do. There is no cost to work. With this information, you Project is staffed by a licensed consumers for this service. can make an informed decision about going to work.